May 15, 2016

Dr. Tolani Francisco has worked on Brucella infection in bison and elk in Yellowstone National Park and on foot-and-mouth disease in Bolivia and the United Kingdom. After 9/11, she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a public health officer. Yet, throughout her travels, Dr. Francisco has never forgotten her Native American heritage or her dream of opening a veterinary clinic on her tribe’s New Mexico reservation.

AVMA

Every year, the Student AVMA Symposium draws hundreds of veterinary students and offers copious lectures and wet labs along with veterinary-inspired games and social events. This year was no exception. In all, nearly 1,200 attended the SAVMA symposium in March at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Issues

A report from AVMA economists expresses “cautious optimism” about the market for veterinarians, reiterating findings reported during an October 2015 summit on veterinary economics. It describes a robust market for veterinarians, cautions regarding the risk of recession, and indicates more people want veterinary services than are willing to pay for them at current prices.

Practice

Four cats in Indiana have been sickened by a canine influenza virus that caused an outbreak among dogs in Chicago and spread throughout the U.S. during 2015. Diagnostic tests found that cats in a northwestern Indiana animal shelter were positive for an H3N2 canine influenza virus that had sickened dogs in the same shelter, according to information from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Community

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, whose member institutions are 49 AVMA Council on Education–accredited veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year by—what else—throwing a party. Current and past AAVMC leaders looked back on what the association has achieved and how veterinary education has evolved in that time.