July 01, 2013

Veterinary internships are becoming increasingly popular, with a recent survey by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges showing that 25 percent of the graduating class of 2011 was entering internships as was 29 percent of the class of 2012. With this proliferation, internships have come under greater scrutiny.

AVMA

A Smithsonian exhibition celebrating the human-animal bond, “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” will premier at the AVMA Annual Convention in late July. The AVMA collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution on the exhibition to showcase the work of veterinarians and to mark the 150th anniversary of the AVMA. Zoetis is the founding funding partner for the interactive experience.

Issues

More than one in 10 animals adopted from shelters are no longer in their adoptive homes six months later, according to a report that the American Humane Association released in May. The AHA, with funding from PetSmart Charities, surveyed 572 people who had adopted dogs and cats six months earlier from six shelters in three cities—Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; and Fort Worth, Texas. The research is the second phase of a three-phase study on the problem of homeless pets.

Practice

The virus that causes porcine epidemic diarrhea was found in the U.S. for the first time this spring. The disease has similar clinical signs to those of transmissible gastroenteritis, and it is particularly harmful to the youngest pigs. The disease is endemic in parts of Asia, which is connected with outbreaks in Europe, and it has been identified in Canada.

Community

In late May, Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine received a letter of reasonable assurance of accreditation from the AVMA Council on Education. The institution has already joined the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and could become fully accredited by 2018 at the earliest.
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