July 15, 2017

For zoo veterinarians, their day-to-day work can encompass thousands of individual animals and a multitude of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. They love the challenge and the diversity, and see their patients as ambassadors for conservation. Zoo veterinarians also participate directly in conservation projects ranging from breeding programs to a variety of fieldwork.

AVMA

The AVMA in May announced that Drs. Radhika Gharpure, Matt Holland, and Mark Logan had been selected for the 2017-18 AVMA Congressional Fellowship Program. The newest class will serve for one year in Washington, D.C., starting this August. During their tenure, fellows will advise federal policymakers on a range of issues, including food safety, public health, animal welfare, research, and small-business concerns.

Issues

Global animal health leaders adopted a global animal welfare strategy, celebrated a decade of evaluating national veterinary services, and increased guidance on animal diseases. Delegates from 180 countries met this May in Paris for the 85th General Session of the World Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Practice

A product may save piglets by delivering vibrations and shocks to sows when squeals from piglets indicate they are being crushed. Matthew Rooda, the 23-year-old CEO of SwineTech, said that, in testing, his SmartGuard monitor has prevented 74 percent of potential crushing deaths among piglets.

Community

Since 1967, the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology has seen to it that a cadre of highly trained veterinarians is ready to diagnose, offset, and prevent any number of toxic threats to animals, people, and the environment.