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.


Detection dog teams, veterinarians honored at anniversary ceremony By R. Scott Nolen Posted Oct. 12, 2011 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 Trade Center once stood. 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 ...


Report: "Adoption program has evolved into a welfare program" By Malinda Larkin Posted Oct. 12, 2011 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. A helicopter drives wild horses into a trap in Oregon. (Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management) 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. In ...


Dr. Aline Schunemann de Aluja credited with improving animal and human lives in mexico By Greg Cima Posted Oct. 12, 2011 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 equipment needed to stun animals rather than cut conscious animals' throats. Legends in Veterinary Medicine I ...

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).