May 01, 2013

A survey sent to faculty, staff, and administrators at U.S. veterinary colleges revealed tensions with regard to the perceived need for diversity versus formal diversity initiatives in the workplace. Diversity proponents in the profession say this is not uncommon among veterinarians in general. Speakers at the 2013 Iverson Bell Symposium discussed how individuals and institutions can become more diverse and inclusive.

AVMA

Several practices in New York and New Jersey suffered terrible damage when Hurricane Sandy passed through the region late last October. Compounding owners’ woes has been red tape from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and spotty support from insurance providers. Many expressed gratitude for assistance they received through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s disaster relief grants.

Issues

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is increasing the amount of data it collects in areas such as enrollment, tuition, and student demographics, which are becoming of greater interest to the profession. Already, the association has released information it recently collected from foreign veterinary schools on their American graduates and from U.S. institutions on recent graduate employment.

Practice

Anthelmintic resistance is a critical threat to small ruminants, and a danger to horses and cattle. While resistance is rising, those who work to control parasites recommend reserving treatment for the animals that need it the most and changing management practices to reduce parasite loads in livestock.

Community

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health is building a new veterinary medical teaching hospital. Construction of the $41.5 million facility is slated to begin this summer. It will be approximately 120,000 square feet and house high-level clinical services for small and large animals.