May 01, 2018

On graduation, the Veterinary Technician National Examination is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians’ competency to practice and to be credentialed. For the first time as of this fall, information about how the more than 8,000 graduates have performed on the VTNE annually has been provided publicly by most of U.S. and Puerto Rican veterinary technology programs accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. The data show wide variation in how well each institution prepares its students for the test.


A 10-year virus identification project starting this year could identify most viruses with potential to cause disease in humans. In an article published Feb. 23 in Science, leaders of the Global Virome Project estimate the cost of discovering all 630,000-830,000 viruses in the same families as currently known zoonotic viruses would be more than $7 billion. Finding 71 percent would cost an estimated $1.2 billion.


Nail polish does not increase bacterial counts, but fingernail length does, according to a study of surgical personnel at a veterinary teaching hospital. Total bacterial counts and the quantities of staphylococci, other gram-positive organisms, and gram-negative bacilli did not differ between personnel with painted or unpainted nails. The only variable associated with higher bacterial counts was nail length, with higher bacterial counts obtained from fingernails extending more than 2 mm beyond the tip of the fingers.


The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation welcomed 16 new diplomates following its board certification examination that was held Jan. 18-20 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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