June 01, 2015

Starting July 1, to qualify for Title IV federal student financial aid programs, U.S. law requires that for-profit institutions prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” A program would be considered to lead to gainful employment if the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 8 percent of his or her total earnings or 20 percent of his or her discretionary income. Ross University and St. George’s University are the only veterinary programs affected by the new regulations.

Issues

Appellate judges dismissed a Texas veterinarian’s claims that the state violated his rights by prohibiting veterinary consultations by phone or email without physical examinations. In a unanimous ruling, Circuit Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham wrote that the state had the authority and rational justification for requiring a physical examination to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Practice

The scope and nature of the outbreak in the Chicago area caught dog owners and veterinarians off-guard. By mid-April, the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control had officially tallied six deaths and more than 1,000 cases of canine infectious respiratory disease in the Chicago area. Earlier, researchers announced the outbreak had been caused by an influenza A H3N2 virus from Asia not previously detected in North America.

Community

A $250,000 gift from diagnostics company Abaxis to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine has helped establish the new Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. The center, publicly launched April 8, is an interdisciplinary research center with a mission to combat vector-borne diseases, focusing on pathogenesis, surveillance, and disease prevention.