June 01, 2014

In less than two decades, shelter medicine has evolved from a fragmented and marginalized area of the veterinary profession into a distinct practice field drawing on a wide range of disciplines. As a testament to its importance, the AVMA Executive Board in April granted provisional recognition of shelter medicine as a specialty within the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Issues

Following a year during which a viral disease killed millions of neonatal pigs, Dr. Daniel L. Grooms, president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, described opportunities for veterinarians to prevent or control foreign animal disease in cattle. He is among the leaders in cattle medicine who see ways veterinarians can work or are working to improve such controls.

Practice

Infection with feline immunodeficiency virus increased 48 percent in cats from 2009-2013, according to Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health 2014 Report. Borreliosis increased 21 percent in dogs in the same time frame.

Community

Auburn University dedicated the new Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine on April 11.