January 01, 2000

Education

By Jeffrey S. Douglas, public relations director at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Posted Dec. 15, 1999 In the first university-based think tank convened about the release of the KPMG market study in July 1999, officials from the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges joined several dozen educators and private practitioners at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va, on Nov 3 to begin discussing strategies for change. The need for "cultural change" in the profession is discussed at Virginia-Maryland. The daylong meeting featured remarks from educators, private practitioners, and leaders from o ...

Human-Animal Bond

By R. Scott Nolen Posted  Dec. 15, 1999 To chart the shift in the American conscience from pets as property to pets as companions, one would have to include the creation of the Delta Society more than two decades ago. Since that time, the organization founded on the premise that animals contribute to human health and well-being has helped legitimize the human-animal bond on popular and scientific levels. Certain veterinary colleges have expanded their curriculum to include courses exploring the relationship between pet and pet owner, and a growing number of veterinarians are recognizing the bottom-line benefits of the "bond-centered" practice. For more than 20 years, the Delta Society has encouraged mutual beneficial relationships ...