October 01, 2011

More and more animal shelters and individuals are participating in cross-country programs to transport adoptable dogs from source shelters with a large supply, often in the South, to areas with more demand, often in the Northeast. Some dogs arrive with health problems such as infectious diseases or heartworm infection, to the dismay of the destination shelters or their adoptive families.


The 7th Annual Veterinary Diversity Symposium, held during the AVMA Annual Convention in St. Louis, focused on the importance of inclusion. Diversity may exist in a workplace, but without inclusion, the environment will not fully engage and motivate the diverse workforce or meet the needs of a diverse marketplace.


A severe drought in Texas and neighboring states is causing health problems for cattle and some wild animals as well as raising costs for cattle owners who decide against selling their herds. Feed costs have multiplied, affecting horse owners as well. By mid-August, nearly the entire state was experiencing severe drought conditions along with parts of Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Kansas, and Arizona.


Oct. 9-15 will mark this year's National Veterinary Technician Week. Celebrating for one week every year solidifies the yearly commitment every veterinary technician gives to the profession of veterinary technology, veterinary assisting, and veterinary medicine.


Dr. Ilaria Capua is director of the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie in Legnaro, Italy. Her laboratory helped turn the tide in the fight against the spread of H5N1 avian influenza, and she served as the catalyst for greater information sharing among laboratories, particularly between the animal health and public health disciplines. For her efforts in these areas, Dr. Capua was honored with the 2011 Penn Vet World Leadership Award.