October 15, 2008
Veterinarians, like other licensed medical providers, have increasingly voiced concern over laypersons providing care without proper experience, training, or skills. The anxiety centers on quality of care, making sure there's appropriate supervision in place. Nonveterinarians argue they are being hindered or excluded from their right to earn a living practicing their trade.
By all accounts, the evacuation of people and pets from the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Gustav has been a success. Temporary shelters for human and animal evacuees remained open as of midday Tuesday, while reports were not yet available regarding damage to veterinary clinics and animal shelters in the area affected by the hurricane.