September 01, 2018

Dr. Craver puts a flea-and-tick collar on a dog at the AVMA Street Clinic in Denver
Pets of the homeless and near homeless were the center of attention July 15 at AVMA Convention 2018 in Denver as the cherished companions received free medical care from veterinary volunteers at the first AVMA Street Clinic. The past few years have seen an expansion of street clinics in other cities as well as the wellness clinics and emergency services provided by Pets of the Homeless.

Issues

Farm worker watering a dairy cow
Colorado State University has launched a new undergraduate certificate, Spanish for Animal Health and Care, to make sure students in veterinary and animal science fields are equipped to communicate after they graduate and begin working with Spanish speakers in a farm or ranch setting. The new certificate will be offered beginning this fall and will be available in an online-only format as well as in person.

Practice

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Twenty-five percent of veterinary practices, representing half of all veterinary visits, will be corporately owned in five years, according to a forecast from Brakke Consulting Inc. The top five manufacturers of animal drugs currently represent nearly two-thirds of the global market by revenues. Three veterinary distributors dominate the U.S. market. Brakke also predicts that preventive care plans for pets will become the norm, with most major practice groups already offering such packages or planning to do so in the near future.

Community

Human hand dropping paper ballot in ballot box
Veterinary technicians and assistants at two clinics in the Pacific Northwest have voted to join unions. Workers at a third clinic may have enough votes to unionize. At press time, their employer was contesting four ballots that could determine the results.