November 01, 2011

It's common practice for companies to offer free pet food or sponsor lectures at veterinary schools and colleges. But these offerings are starting to come under greater scrutiny as they have been shown to create bias, and more veterinary schools and colleges are implementing policies to emphasize transparency and avoid potential conflicts of interest. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges recently approved an ethics document that provides guiding principles for schools to develop their own policies.

AVMA

Detection dog teams, veterinarians honored at anniversary ceremony New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Lt. David Lim and members of the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams participated in a ceremony to honor detection dog teams and veterinary professionals who responded to the 9/11 attacks. Lim's dog Sirius was the only police dog killed during the attacks. posted October 12, 2011 By R. Scott Nolen The canine and human members of the detection dog teams that responded to the 9/11 attacks and the veterinary professionals who cared for the dogs were honored on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day. Hundreds of people gathered at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., for the ceremony, just across the bay from where the World Tr ...

Issues

Report: "Adoption program has evolved into a welfare program" A helicopter drives wild horses into a trap in Oregon. Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management posted October 12, 2011 By Malinda Larkin T he Bureau of Land Management has enlisted veterinarians and scientists to help guide how to proceed with its Wild Horse and Burro Management Program. The agency takes inventory of the animals on public ranges and can remove excess animals on overpopulated ranges and relocate them to holding facilities, where some might be sold or put up for adoption. Horse activists have steadfastly opposed the government roundups as cruel and sometimes deadly. More recently, they have taken the agency to court for perceived abuses to the horses. I ...

Practice

A veterinarian performs equine dentistry using power equipment. Courtesy of the Texas VMA posted October 12, 2011 By R. Scott Nolen An international effort is under way to make equine dentistry a recognized specialty in North America and Europe and establish an equine dentistry specialty college. The American Veterinary Dental College, European Veterinary Dental College, and Academy of Veterinary Dentistry announced the initiative this September. Veterinarians were contacted over the summer to gauge interest in the proposal and request nominations to the proposed college's organizing committee. Veterinary dentistry is recognized by the AVMA's American Board of Veterinary Specialties and by the European Board of Veterinary Specialties and Au ...

Community

Dr. Aline Schunemann de Aluja Photos courtesy of UNAM Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia Dr. Aline Schunemann de Aluja credited with improving animal and human lives in mexico posted October 12, 2011 By Greg Cima D r. Aline Schunemann de Aluja has fought to improve conditions for animals in Mexico's slaughterhouses and animal markets since she was a veterinary student in the 1940s. She has worked recently to gain funding for changes at animal markets. She thinks attaching exit ramps to vehicles arriving at the markets could prevent broken legs among pigs and cattle, and providing chutes from those vehicles to corrals could prevent chaos and beatings. She is also working to give municipal slaughterhouse workers training and equipme ...
Correction

The article "Dutch veterinarian credited with Brucella abortus discovery" in the Oct. 1, 2011, issue of JAVMA News incorrectly identified Dr. Bernhard Bang as Dutch (a native of the Netherlands). He is Danish (a native of Denmark).