May 15, 2017

Every veterinarian knows there’s much more to the job than being able to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and perform surgery. But how do veterinary students learn to be, well, veterinarians? A veterinary college’s culture shapes the way students perceive the profession, their colleagues, and themselves as well as how they interact with clients. And sometimes, the informal messages students pick up on don’t match the institution’s stated goals and teachings.

AVMA

The board-certified radiologist and AVMA House of Delegates member will join the AVMA Board of Directors this July as District II representative. Dr. Bailey is Pennsylvania’s alternate delegate in the HOD and immediate past president of the Pennsylvania VMA.

Issues

New World screwworm, a deadly pest of warmblooded animals, is again removed from the United States after an eradication campaign in and near the Florida Keys. Most of the animals known to have been killed during the infestation with screwworm fly larvae, which eat living flesh of infested animals, were Key deer, an endangered subspecies of white-tailed deer.

Practice

The American Pet Products Association reports that millennials are now the primary pet-owning demographic, at 35 percent of U.S. pet owners to baby boomers’ 32 percent. According to the APPA, U.S. pet ownership overall increased between 2014 and 2016, and spending in the U.S. pet industry—including spending on veterinary care—increased between 2015 and 2016.