September 15, 2011

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the search-and-rescue dogs, guided by their handlers across a ruined backdrop, were a welcome comfort amid the carnage. When the country marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks, special tribute will be paid to these canine SAR teams. Sadly, few of these highly trained dogs remain today. They are a testament to the power of the human-animal bond and a reminder of their ability to serve man, both body and soul.

AVMA

The AVMA acknowledged a number of individuals in July during the AVMA Annual Convention in St. Louis for their contributions to veterinary medicine and relevant fields. The awards are for efforts in areas ranging from teaching and research to animal welfare and public health. This article provides career highlights of 15 veterinarians and one nonveterinarian who received awards during the convention.

Issues

Ending federal subsidies on in-school loans for graduate and professional students is an ineffective cost-cutting measure, according to the AVMA and Student AVMA, who say the measure will make the already high cost of education even higher.

Practice

Companion animal practices in the United States have opportunities to increase patient visits, despite a decline in the frequency of visits that began before the current economic downturn, according to results from the second phase of the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study. The study found that 51 percent of companion animal practices saw a decrease in patient visits in the past two years, while 34 percent saw an increase. The study also examined potential solutions to the problem.

Community

Fire heavily damaged parts of the Colorado State University's Equine Reproduction Laboratory in late June. No people or horses were injured in the blaze, but work continues to assess the damage to the building's offices and laboratory space. Firefighters estimate the cost of the damage to be up to $15 million. The origin and cause of the fire is still under investigation.