Archive for December, 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.

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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 result. What do we make of this, and how should veterinary medicine respond?

When an entire profession’s motives are attacked as self-serving or purely profit-driven, it’s virtually impossible to disprove the negative. It’s truly a “guilty until proven innocent” game. If your premise is that a consulting or speaking payment to a veterinarian under any circumstance guarantees that that veterinarian’s independent judgment is co-opted, then how do you prove the contrary—namely, that all of the years of study, sacrifice and practice actually demand independent judgment?

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AVMA accreditation hearing goes according to form

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Federal government hears from critics, supporters on role of AVMA Council on Education.

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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 States.

Supporters and critics alike voiced their views, and the department’s accreditation commission affirmed the continued role for the COE. Internal adjustments continue to be required of the COE, which will report back to the Department of Education at six- and 12-month intervals.

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