Archive for November, 2014

Will fewer veterinarians usher in a rosy economic future?

DVM360 Magazine

Accreditation critics rely on sweeping generalizations, faulty assumptions.

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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 education in America. For change of this magnitude, which would affect all future generations of veterinary students in our country, one would expect a few questions to be asked about their rationale, right? So let’s have a look.

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Election results pose obstacles for veterinary prescription law

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Flip in U.S. Senate’s majority may slow progress of Fairness to Pet Owners Act.

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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 Capitol Hill in the summer and fall of 2010. With some credit due to nationwide veterinary and industry outreach, the House version lacked enough support and interest to warrant a committee hearing.

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

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A look at the facts reveals a different picture of veterinary school accreditation than what’s being presented.

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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 school every 11 years. Only 27 of America’s 50 states have a veterinary college, barely more than half. This is hardly a flood of new schools, yet that’s not the impression one gathers from the small band of critics challenging the COE and calling on the U.S. Department of Education to create a new agency to oversee veterinary education in the United States.

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