The American Kennel Club's Veterinary Outreach Program has launched the AKC Veterinary Network to offer resources to veterinary clinics across the country.
The network provides veterinarians and their clients with access to a free library of AKC educational materials about responsible dog ownership, selecting the appropriate breed for a family, responsible breeding practices, and AKC programs such as the Canine Good Citizen Program.
"The Veterinary Outreach Program was designed to connect the American Kennel Club more closely with the veterinary community," said Debra Bonnefond, director of the program. "We are pleased to provide veterinary offices with valuable AKC materials that will help vets and their clients improve the well-being of our canine companions."
The goal of the outreach program is to assist the veterinary community by providing up-to-date information about purebred dogs and canine health research. The AKC achieves this goal in a variety of ways—including awarding approximately $200,000 annually in scholarships to veterinary and veterinary technician students, hosting and presenting seminars to veterinary students at their schools, attending veterinary conferences with an outreach booth, and sharing information through the outreach program's Web site at www.akc.org/vetoutreach/index.cfm.