Many veterinarians across the country spend time working with small ruminants, particularly goats and sheep. The category also includes llamas, alpacas, deer, and elk. Here are photos of each species, with data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture on the number of farms that keep the animals and the total animal population, along with some of the uses for each species. (Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.)
Ready for the real world
Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a unique small animal hospital operating at a trade school where fourth-year veterinary students from Tufts University gain valuable clinical experience in a primary care practice. Working with veterinary assisting program students, they have provided low-cost veterinary care to underserved cats and dogs for the past four years.
San Antonio snapshots
Photo highlights from AVMA Convention 2016, held Aug. 5-9, in San Antonio. Wellness was a focus of this year’s convention, which offered CE sessions on the issue as well as a presentation by Dan Siegel, MD, an expert on interpersonal neurobiology whose keynote presentation was titled “How Understanding the Mind and Cultivating Mindsight Supports Your Well-Being.”
Inside the headquarters for military dogs
Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio breeds and trains military working dogs for the entire Department of Defense and serves as the hub for veterinary care for these dogs. Military photographers have documented the dogs at Lackland during training exercises and while participating in competitions and demonstrations, bonding with handlers, and receiving veterinary care.
In 2015, American Pharoah became the first American Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and only the 12th in history. The win also cemented Dr. Vince Baker’s place in horse racing history, as he is the attending veterinarian for trainer Bob Baffert and cared for the bay colt. At the other end of the spectrum, the oldest living practitioner to have treated a Triple Crown winner is Dr. William R. McGee, who not only watched 11 of the 12 Triple Crown winners race, but also treated a handful of them.
Work hard, play hard
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Veterinary Wellness and Social Work Summit took place Nov. 2-3, 2015, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The summit combined two meetings: The Health and Wellness Summit, held for the past two years at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the 4th International Veterinary Social Work Summit, hosted by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Social Work. Between lectures, attendees had opportunities to participate in play activities.
Fourteen editors-in-chief have led the Journal, including Dr. Alexandre F. Liautard, who took the helm at its inception in 1876 when it was called the American Veterinary Review. Since becoming the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1915, it has flourished under these brilliant scientists with a knack for words.
Journal covers through the years
The face of the Journal has transformed greatly in its 100-year history. What started as a sparse, black-and-white index page has morphed into a showcase for one-of-a-kind, animal-themed art.
The Boston experience
Thousands of veterinary professionals gathered in Boston for the 152nd AVMA Annual Convention July 10-14. More than a 1,000 educational sessions were offered along with a keynote speech by Chris Gardner, author of “The Pursuit of Happyness” and a concert by the Beach Boys.
Let's hear it for...
JAVMA News asked each student chapter of the AVMA and the associate organization in the Student AVMA House of Delegates (St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine) to submit an essay and picture exemplifying school spirit at the veterinary college. Twelve of them shared their esprit de corps (authors noted when identified).
A special place in Mississippi
The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine created a nonprofit to develop and manage two private specialty clinics that would enhance student learning, increase caseload, and generate revenue. The Veterinary Specialty Center, located in Starkville, Mississippi, is one of those clinics. It provides access to advanced medical equipment while promoting the veterinary college’s one-health initiative.
Befriending reptiles and amphibians
Veterinarians who work with reptiles and amphibians see a variety of species as pets, free-ranging and captive wildlife, and shelter animals.
Our other furry friends
Veterinarians are advancing care for exotic companion mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets. Millions of these pets live in U.S. homes.
Day in, day out
To gain a better understanding of what it's like to be an intern, JAVMA went straight to the source and spent one day each with three interns in academic, exotic, and equine practice. Their stories are told in the following photos.
Remembering the heroes of 9/11
The following photographs were provided by members of the canine search-and-rescue teams and AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams deployed in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Most are grainy or out of focus, others are underexposed. Many freeze the frenetic activity at what remained of the World Trade Center, providing a glimpse of the human and canine responders at work—and rest—amid the devastation as well as those who cared for them. The series also illustrates the powerful bond between the dogs and their handlers.
St. Louis hosts the 2011 AVMA Annual Convention
Held July 16-19, the AVMA convention offered the usual high quality continuing education opportunities as well as fun and entertainment for the family.
Palm trees and DVM degrees
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the most recent institutions to become accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. Take a look at where students learn, live, and play.
AVMA in the Peach Tree State
Thousands of veterinary professionals gathered in Atlanta for the 147th AVMA Annual Convention July 31-Aug. 3.
A 100-year legacy of promoting animal health
Started in New York City in 1910, the Animal Medical Center is today reportedly the world's largest companion animal hospital and just as committed to providing compassionate care and preserving the human-animal bond as it was a century ago.
Reviving the romance of rural practice
A day in the life of a Nebraska veterinarian illustrates his love of rural practice, which he wants to share with the next generation of veterinarians.
The changing face of the profession
The AVMA recognizes diversity within the profession is essential if veterinarians are to fulfill their oath to the public and animals. This photo gallery and video highlight just a few of the many faces of a profession working to be more inclusive and reflective of the society it serves.