December 01, 2011

Over the past 50 years, Dr. Ralph L. Brinster has developed revolutionary techniques and experiments that have advanced the field of reproductive biology and genetics. Not only did he develop the first reliable in vitro culture system for embryos, he also was the first to insert new genes into the germ line of a developing organism. For his achievements, Dr. Brinster was recently awarded the National Medal of Science.

AVMA

The AVMA website has a new international area, with a section listing global opportunities in veterinary medicine.

Issues

A few decades ago, the Arabian oryx was extinct in the wild. In 2011, however, the desert antelope was upgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species—the first time any species declared extinct in the wild has been upgraded.

Practice

Veterinary students, mixed animal practice owners, and retiring veterinarians alike could receive business help through a new sustainability project from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Community

The only veterinarian to win a Nobel Prize, Dr. Peter C. Doherty was a state veterinary officer in Australia before embarking on a career in immunology research. The Nobel Foundation awarded its 1996 prize in physiology or medicine to Dr. Doherty and Rolf M. Zinkernagel, MD, of Switzerland for their discovery in the early '70s of how T cells recognize virus-infected cells. In his book "The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize" and in a recent interview with JAVMA News, Dr. Doherty described his experience with, and the global importance of, scientific discovery.