March 15, 2010

Agriculture officials are replacing the national program to trace animal origins during disease outbreaks with a state-administered system.

Academia

"State budgets and what (legislatures) can contribute are going through massive cuts, not just with veterinary schools, but all of higher education. All of the land-grant universities are undergoing major cuts from state legislatures," Dr. Pappaioanou said.

Global Issues

The World Veterinary Association established World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession, falling on the last Saturday of April.

Production Animals

A group of organizations is trying to add to Ohio's November ballot an initiative that could ban some animal housing, slaughter, and euthanasia practices. The petition filed Jan. 27 by members of Ohioans for Humane Farms would ban within six years some confinement livestock housing, the slaughter of any nonambulatory cattle, and the euthanasia of cattle or pigs by strangulation. The group's Web site listed about two dozen organizations backing the initiative. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said his organization would support the initiative, but Ohioans for Humane Farms is an independent political committee. The groups need more than 400,000 signatures for the initiative to reach the ballot, and Ohioans ...