April 15, 2015

The latest AVMA veterinary economic report showed strong associations between homeownership, board certification, and postgraduate work and the probability of employment. Additionally, a higher probability of unemployment and lower income was associated with internship participation after graduation.


The Department of Agriculture is supporting an effort to create dog care standards that could eventually lead to a private dog breeder accreditation program. The Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science is developing and testing uniform care standards for dog breeding and raising over the next two years. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is supporting the effort, and the agency earlier this year included creation of a private accreditor program for professional dog breeders among its goals for the next five years.


Large animal practitioners are grappling with a shortage of large-volume bags of polyionic fluids, separate from the ongoing shortage of normal saline solution. The AVMA has been collaborating with the American Association of Equine Practitioners and AVMA PLIT to come up with short- and long-term fixes. The Food and Drug Administration is allowing imports to mitigate the shortage, and Zoetis is seeking to secure products from suppliers.


Dr. Lonnie J. King will step down from his position as dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine this August. An accomplished scholar and national leader in understanding emerging diseases as well as the connections between human and animal health, Dr. King (Ohio State ’70) has devoted more than 40 years to advancing the causes of one health and preventive medicine as well as advocating for veterinary-related legislation.