December 01, 2016

Veterinarians today are able to provide better and more advanced medical care for pets than ever before, but the cost of that care makes it out of reach for many owners. The growing gap between underserved pet owners and veterinary service providers has consequences for overall pet health. Practitioners are trying to address this problem in various ways.

AVMA

As part of its ongoing well-being initiative, the AVMA launched a training program Nov. 19 to help members identify and aid individuals who may be at risk for suicide. The hope is to build a wellness community among those who sign up for the training.

Issues

The competitive grants awarded by the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture are funded through the new Veterinary Services Grant Program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “The (funding) will enable training and retention initiatives to support veterinarians and veterinary technicians so they can continue to provide quality services in rural areas,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy.

Community

In October, the National Academy of Medicine announced Dr. James Roth, the Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine at Iowa State University, was one of 79 professionals inducted into the academy, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Correction

The article “Webinar explores how to transition to corporate medicine,” which was published in the Nov. 15, 2016, issue of JAVMA, on page 1114, misspelled the name of Stacy Pursell, who is founder and CEO of The Vet Recruiter.