The honorable profession we now call veterinary medicine has effectively been in existence since humans first began the practice of animal husbandry for survival and productivity purposes. There are jokes about the worlds oldest and second oldest professions, but in reality, veterinary medicine probably has both of them beat.
Historians and archaeologists have found Chinese writings concerning the diseases of horses, oxen, and buffalo dated as early as 2,500 B.C. Four thousand year old Indian art depictions illustrate men caring for horses and elephants, and ancient Egyptian art illustrate methods of caring for cattle and dogs as well.
It is no surprise that as men learned to use animals for farming, food, transportation and companionship they also recorded methods to keep those animals healthy and happy. The Ancient Romans had specialized military troops who were skilled in caring for the multitude of animals attached to individual military units known as veterinarius.
Down through the years, even as the nature of man's use and need for animals has evolved, and the wealth of knowledge of how to care for them has grown, our honored profession has vigilantly guarded that knowledge, and carefully shepherded the methods and means employed in their care. Today in the twenty first century, even as we continue to develop new and better ways to care for the animals our ancient profession has nurtured, we are facing challenges from the world around us that pose serious threats to our ability to continue these practices.
To meet these challenges, the owners of veterinary practices in Alabama have come together, to unite the agencies already in place to protect and promote the profession, and to improve the effectiveness of communiction with in our profession as well as between our profession and the public officials and pet owners themselves. Through our efforts, we hope to insure a stable future for those who currently are invested physically and financialy in the profession, as well as the promise of future careers to those who come after us. We invite you to join us at the Alabama Veterinary Practice Owners.
Looks like Dr. Becker had enough of being made a fool of by sensationalist media types. We should all learn from his mistakes.
Longtime Good Morning America contributor makes decision after 20/20 report critical of veterinarians.
Nov 27, 2013
By: Julie Scheidegger
A regular guest on Good Morning America and several other television shows, Marty Becker, DVM, told dvm360 today that he is ending his longtime relationship with ABC. This comes after Becker says producers of 20/20 misled him regarding an interview he gave for the show's Nov. 22 segment, "Is Your Veterinarian Being Honest with You?" which suggested that practitioners push unnecessary vaccinations and procedures to build their bottom line.
"I will no longer work with the ABC network effective Nov. 27," Becker says in his statement. "I've enjoyed the 17 years we worked together and made many lifelong friends along the way. I deeply appreciate all of the opportunities I had on Good Morning America to promote the things I love: pets, pet owners and my beloved profession. However, for a number of reasons, I have made the decision that it's time I move on."
We'll be learning more about Apoquel in our CE meeting on December 15th!
Zoetis, Inc. (NYSE: ZTS), formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved APOQUEL® (oclacitinib tablet) for the control of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis and the control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age. Pruritus, or itching, is the most common sign of allergies in dogs. Developed by Zoetis, APOQUEL is the first Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved for veterinary use that targets the itch and inflammation pathway. APOQUEL provides fast-acting relief from itching and improves inflammation for the estimated 8.2 million dogs that suffer from short- and long-term allergic skin conditions.
"Previously available treatments have helped with the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, but an unmet need still exists for a treatment that works rapidly and effectively with minimal short- and long-term side effects," said Douglas DeBoer, DVM, DACVD, Professor of Dermatology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, an expert in veterinary dermatology and allergy. "The approval of APOQUEL is encouraging because it will provide both veterinarians and pet owners with a treatment that reduces itch within hours and provides long term relief of itching and inflammation for dogs without the side effects of steroids."
So much debate over the non-profit spay neuter clinic issues! Do you ever wonder if you can really provide high quality spay / neuter services at low cost?
Here's a perspective from someone who is doing just that.
My name is Jacob Boyer, veterinarian and owner of SpayXperts Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic in Norman, Oklahoma, the only for profit spay neuter clinic according to Google. I also live in a state where spay neuter clinics are in heated debate. Since spay neuter is my business, I follow any news that circulates locally and nationally via Google alerts. I just wanted the board to know, the world is watching, and Alabama is likely to set a precedent for other states.
2013 AVMA Veterinary Workforce Report Confirms Excess Capacity in U.S. Veterinary Profession
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A major study released today by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and conducted by IHS Healthcare & Pharma in partnership with the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the State University of New York estimates an excess capacity of veterinary services in the United States. Specifically, the report indicates that the supply of veterinarians in the United States in 2012 was 90,200, and that supply exceeded the demand for veterinary services by about 11,250 full-time equivalent veterinarians.