December 01, 2014

For some veterinarians, loyalty to their alma maters can be described as preternatural, occasionally bordering on fervent. Recent veterinary graduates and longtime practitioners spoke with JAVMA about the people and experiences that solidified their devotion to their colleges and the profession at large.

AVMA

Members of the veterinary profession recently had a chance to get out in their communities and share the important work they do, thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Our Oath in Action program. Eight events took place this fall throughout the U.S. that were free and open to the public, from pet adoptions and informational booths to wellness examinations.

Issues

When questions began to surface about whether the Ebola virus could infect animals in the U.S. and whether infected animals could spread the organism to humans, the AVMA began collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Agriculture, and others to develop information for AVMA members and the public.

Practice

An acting instructor told cattle veterinarians to show energy and passion in their business conversations, and an agricultural economist told them that the future would require an ability to adapt to unforeseen changes. They were among presenters at this year’s American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference.

Community

AVMA past president Dr. René Carlson was elected president of the World Veterinary Association during the 31st annual World Veterinary Congress this September. Additionally, former AVMA executive Dr. Lyle Vogel was elected to a second term as one of two North American councilors to the association.