The role of a veterinarian
Today's veterinarians are in the unique position of being the only doctors trained to protect the health of both animals and people. They are not only educated to meet the health needs of every species of animal but they play an important role in environmental protection, food safety, and public health. Employment opportunities for veterinarians are almost endless and include private or corporate clinical practice, teaching and research, regulatory medicine, public health, and military service.
-- from http://www.avma.org
What specializations are there in veterinary medicine?
Lab Animal Medicine
The Pre-vet Club is a student-run organization for people with a keen interest in animals and veterinary medicine. We hold meetings once a month. Please see the calendar for our activity schedule and access minutes from our past meetings.
We host guest speakers from local veterinary clinics, zoos, and veterinary college admissions offices. We also invite current vet school students, who guide us through the admissions process (with interview tips!) and offer us insights to student life.
We are involved in a variety of volunteer and fundraising activities for animal shelters, hospitals, and special causes outside of our regular monthly meetings. Check out volunteering for more information on the institutions at which we vounteer and links for Miami U.'s pre-veterinary courses, contacts of vet clinics in Oxford, and much more!
If you would like to join or leave the Pre Vet Listserv, you may either go here or e-mail Victoria Ferraro.
Current News in Veterinary Medicine
Recall of pet food leaves veterinarians seeking solutions
JAVMA News, April 15, 2007
No one knows how many cats and dogs have fallen ill after eating the pet food subject to a massive recall. Many veterinarians are wondering whether this sort of problem is preventable as they struggle to respond to the situation. Menu Foods Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of wet pet food, recently recalled more than 60 million containers of cuts and gravy-style food from two U.S. facilities because of concerns about the effect of the products on the renal health of pets. The recall represents about 1 percent of pet food in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA, which regulates pet food and many ingredients in pet food, stated that the recall resulted from consumer complaints and the deaths of animals in routine palatability studies. A suspect agent at press time in late March was melamine, which had apparently contaminated the wheat gluten that went into food that was recalled. As the investigation continues, practitioners have been busy calming clients and stabilizing patients. The veterinary community is sharing information and attempting to develop a treatment protocol. Practitioners also are learning much more about dog and cat food, from details of commercial manufacturing to issues with home preparation.[more]