April 01, 2017

Dr. Chris Duemler of Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center in Brodhead, Wisconsin, has always been fascinated with goats and finds milking them to be meditative. He is one of many veterinarians across the country who spend time working with small ruminants, particularly goats and sheep. The category also includes camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, and cervids, such as deer and elk.

AVMA

The 2017 AVMA Report on Veterinary Markets, being released this spring, notes that the amount of tightening observed in the veterinary job market varies by location. According to this first of four annual AVMA economic reports, a geographic disparity in the application-to-jobs ratio points to a maldistribution—a phenomenon that the report suggests may, in part, be attributed to veterinarians’ wish to return home to establish a career.

Issues

Symptomatic of larger problems in the for-profit education industry, 11 more veterinary technology programs have had their accreditation withdrawn by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities since it last met, Nov. 3-6, 2016, in Schaumburg, Illinois. That brings the total number of CVTEA-accredited programs to 218, a number that has been in decline after peaking at 229 a year ago.

Practice

Five dogs became sick and one died after eating dog food later found to contain meat from a cow that had been euthanized with pentobarbital. The owner of the dog food company wants regulations that would have meat suppliers take greater responsibility for preventing barbiturate contamination in animal foods.

Community

The VIN Foundation announced Feb. 7 the launch of its Student Debt Center, a resource for all things related to educational debt, in particular, veterinary students' debt. Currently, the debt-to-income ratio among recent veterinary graduates averages around 2:1.