September 01, 2017

The Auxiliary to the AVMA was the first auxiliary to the healing arts established in the U.S. when it was founded in 1917. Now, 100 years later, the Auxiliary is celebrating the important work it has done to promote veterinary medicine and veterinary students by educating the general public and strengthening communications among those associated with the profession.

AVMA

Despite the slow decline seen nationally in the applicant-to-seat ratio reported over the 1980-2016 period, applicant test scores and preveterinary grades have remained in the consistently high range, according to the 2017 AVMA & AAVMC Report on the Market for Veterinary Education. That said, if two new veterinary colleges open in the U.S. by 2025, that could further lower the applicant-to-seat ratio possibly as low as 1.04:1.

Issues

Department of Agriculture authorities said in July an 11-year-old beef cow in Alabama had bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a degenerative prion disease, but the cow never entered human or animal food supplies. The cow had an atypical—or spontaneously developing—form of the disease, which differs from the classical form that is contracted through infected feed ingredients.

Community

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine held a dedication ceremony April 25 to celebrate the opening of the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital in Shelbyville, Indiana. The satellite facility is located about 90 miles southwest of Indianapolis, near the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, which hosts Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The facility provides specialized medical services for horses while supporting equine research and the veterinary education of future equine specialists.