November 15, 2015

No one knows exactly how many extension veterinarians there are, although they always have been few in number. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension System as a partnership between the land-grant universities and the Department of Agriculture to spread information relating to agriculture and home economics. Veterinary extension has evolved to provide information to practitioners and animal owners mostly about food animals but also about horses and companion animals.


Federal Trade Commission officials are considering whether homeopathy product advertisements have sufficient evidence to back their health claims. The review coincides with the Food and Drug Administration’s review of its 1988 policy that allows, without FDA approval, the manufacture and sale of many homeopathic products.


The U.S. needs more drugs to fight parasites of sheep and goats, and the Food and Drug Administration promises to help companies get such drugs approved. The agency is encouraging development of antiparasitic drugs as well as talking with makers of antiparasitic drugs approved in other countries about approval pathways in the U.S.


The University of California-Davis provided care at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and through its ambulatory services for animals burned or injured in the Butte and Valley fires this past September in California. UC-Davis faculty, staff, and students treated 56 animals in all: 40 cats, five chickens, four horses, two pigs, two goats, two dogs, and one rabbit.


  • The article “Report predicts increase in starting salaries” in the Oct. 1, 2015, issue of JAVMA News, gave two inaccurate figures. The mean starting salary for veterinarians in the food animal–predominant sector was approximately $68,000 in 2014, not $73,000. The latter is the figure for the food animal–exclusive sector. The mean starting salary in mixed practice was approximately $63,000 in 2014, not $64,000.
  • The name of Dr. C.R. Donham, who served as AVMA editor-in-chief on an interim basis from 1951-1952, was misspelled in an Oct. 1, 2015, JAVMA centennial feature.
  • The obituary for Dr. Benson B. Martin Jr. in the Oct. 15, 2015, issue of JAVMA News, incorrectly states that he was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Martin served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.