December 01, 2012

Established in 1975, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center is at the forefront of wildlife health research for free-ranging North American fauna. In addition to conducting animal disease surveillance and assessing disease impacts on wildlife populations, the center provides domestic and international conservation agencies with training and guidance to help reduce animal losses during an outbreak. “We have a very unique mission and that is to safeguard wildlife and ecosystem health,” Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, center director, says.

AVMA

Dr. Malathi Raghavan is a new assistant director in the AVMA Education & Research Division. Starting Oct. 22, she will provide staff support to the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates and, secondarily, help with the AVMA Council on Education. Dr. Raghavan says her new position with the AVMA fits in perfectly with her experience not only with educational epidemiology but also as a foreign veterinary graduate.

Issues

Conversations continue at the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service between executive management and the veterinarians and technicians who inspect cattle along the U.S.-Mexican border. At issue is whether conditions are safe enough at a new inspection facility near Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. APHIS officials maintain they are but some veterinarians feel otherwise.

Practice

Veterinarians who work with the beef and dairy industries will need to offer different services as consolidation in those industries increases herd sizes and reduces the numbers of clients, according to some speakers at a September meeting of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Those speakers offered advice on how to meet clients’ needs and bring in sufficient income while shifting away from a focus on clinical care.

Community

The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science has received full accreditation from the AVMA Council on Education. That makes the institution the fourth in Australia to be recognized by the council and the 18th foreign veterinary school, including five in Canada. The veterinary school accepts approximately 120 students per year on average; of those, one to two each year are from North America.