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A peek at veterinary education and a political update

DVM360 Magazine Cushing visits five veterinary schools and notes a current quiet on the legislative front. Apologies for this blogger’s recent absence, but a delightful speaking tour of U.S. veterinary colleges has distracted me from my usual posts. Seems an opportune time to comment on recent doings. The state of American veterinary education is in…

Between extremes of states’ rights and federal power

DVM360 Magazine Egg legislation points to the need for moderation, compromise in issues where interests conflict. Defenders of democracy and the ability of voters to make good decisions usually aim for the center: the elusive midpoint between left and right, between hardcore liberals and extreme conservatives. While fringe groups grab headlines and talk show microphones,…

Human-animal bond moves to center stage

DVM360 Magazine Organization seeking congressional support from veterinarians for initiative promoting health benefits of pets. The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) just concluded a highly successful annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Besides providing thousands of hours of high-quality continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, NAVC serves as the first gathering point each year for…

Veterinary issues to watch in 2015 Congress

DVM360 Magazine Pet medications bill still kicking; new grants could provide opportunities for rural veterinarians. Congress is back in session with a new Republican majority in charge of the Senate and a White House chastened from midterm losses. So what should veterinary medicine expect? Well, animal health may not have been the fulcrum of 2014…

News attacks on ethics of veterinarians are cheap shots

DVM360 Magazine But proving that judgment is not impaired by compensation from industry is virtually impossible. The veterinary profession has endured two blistering attacks from media in the past week. The Indianapolis Star and Reuters have both accused veterinarians of being overly cozy with pharmaceutical manufacturers and imply that their judgment is impaired as a…

AVMA accreditation hearing goes according to form

DVM360 Magazine Federal government hears from critics, supporters on role of AVMA Council on Education. The U.S. Department of Education conducted a full morning of hearings on December 11 to determine whether the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (COE) should continue to serve as the accrediting body for veterinary colleges in the United…

Will fewer veterinarians usher in a rosy economic future?

DVM360 Magazine Accreditation critics rely on sweeping generalizations, faulty assumptions. Two weeks ago I challenged the underlying argument relied upon by critics of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (COE) to urge the U.S. Department of Education to abolish the COE. They want to fashion a new federally sanctioned agency to oversee veterinary…

Election results pose obstacles for veterinary prescription law

DVM360 Magazine Flip in U.S. Senate’s majority may slow progress of Fairness to Pet Owners Act. The American veterinary profession ends its fourth year battling legislation in Congress that seeks to drive pet owners to big box retailers for their pet medications. The fight began after the first Fairness to Pet Owners bill emerged on…

Critics’ attack on COE is a solution in search of a problem

DVM360 Magazine A look at the facts reveals a different picture of veterinary school accreditation than what’s being presented. Since 1981 the AVMA’s Council on Education (COE) has approved a total of three new veterinary colleges in the United States. That’s right: three new veterinary schools in 33 years, for an average of one new…

What ‘elitism’ really means for veterinary school accreditation

DVM360 Magazine Decades-old formula presented as the only model for success. If you want to understand how elitist the viewpoint is of academic critics of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA’s) Council on Education (COE), read the September 9, 2014, words of former University of Pennsylvania veterinary school dean Robert Marshak, DVM, from an ACVIM…