April 01, 2015

Now, more than ever, it’s important to understand the behavior of animals in shelters, according to the keynote speaker at the National Council on Pet Population’s second research symposium. Behavioral scientists and shelter professionals are disproving many myths about dogs in shelters as well as refuting certain assumptions about prospective and current owners that could be hampering adoption and retention.

AVMA

Bipartisan legislation exempting the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program from a federal tax is back before Congress. Eliminating the tax would provide additional funding for more veterinarians to participate in the program that pays off student loan debt for veterinarians working in underserved areas of the country.

Issues

Data from a recent survey suggest that nearly one in 10 U.S. veterinarians might experience serious psychological distress, and more than one in six might have contemplated suicide since graduation. These preliminary results come from an online survey taken by more than 10,000 practicing veterinarians. The survey’s authors also found 24.5 percent of males and 36.7 percent of females in veterinary medicine have experienced depressive episodes since veterinary school.

Practice

The topics ran the gamut: military and police dogs, kidney disease in cats and dogs, pet parasites and pet nutrition, small animal veterinarians in Africa. These were among the subjects of announcements during the North American Veterinary Community Conference, Jan. 17-21 in Orlando, Florida. Organizers of the first major veterinary conference of the year invited attendees to “Lead the way”—to share ideas, sharpen skills, and learn about the latest innovations.

Community

The national mean salary for veterinary residents was $30,916 in 2014, and the national mean salary for veterinary interns was $26,191, according to survey results from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges released in January. Further, the AAVMC found that the mean salary for residents and interns increased by only 1.9 percent and 2 percent, respectively, since 2012.