TUESDAYNovember 29, 2022

Dear Veterinary Student,

Whether you have considered practice ownership or plan to enter the profession as an associate, veterinary business education has never been more crucial to your career. This weekly publication is designed to supplement your education by providing information on veterinary business including ownership and management, finance operations, communication, team building and emerging technologies that will shape the future of veterinary medicine.

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How can Tom Brady help you build your veterinary career?      

Tom Brady is a football legend, but most people have no idea who Don Yee is. Yee is Brady’s agent, representing him in contract negotiations and endorsement deals. 

Just like Yee helps Brady get the best contract possible, a veterinary job recruiter can help you, Stacy Pursell writes in this week’s Veterinary Student Insider. 

Stacy, herself a longtime veterinary industry job recruiter, discusses how working with a recruiter can boost your career prospects. Employers use recruiting services to find top job candidates, and recruiters help applicants navigate the fine details of the hiring process and get the best contract possible. Plus, it saves time and doesn’t cost the applicant a cent. 

“Unless you plan to retire with the first employer that hires you, building a relationship with an experienced and reputable recruiter in the veterinary profession is a savvy and strategic move that could help you grow your career,” Stacy writes. “The best time to build a relationship with a recruiter is well before you need one.” 

> Read Stacy’s full commentary here.


AAVMC introduces $50,000 student scholarship to advance veterinary research     

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges announced the launch of a $50,000 scholarship to be awarded to a veterinary student aspiring to pursue an advanced degree in basic or clinical research.

The grant from the Zoetis Foundation is named for Dr. Catherine A. Knupp, who retired at the end of 2021 as president of research and development at Zoetis. It “will assist in developing a leader in veterinary research,” according to the announcement from the AAVMC.

The application is open to students as of December 1.

> Read the announcement here.

Groups support mental health in the veterinary profession   

The VIN News Service highlights efforts throughout the veterinary profession to provide mental health support to practitioners and other team members. Organizations such as Vets4Vets, Not One More Vet, the Veterinary Mental Health Initiative and the Veterinary Hope Foundation help veterinary professionals get support from colleagues and from mental health professionals. 

“There’s just so much that we can gain from recognizing that we’re not alone,” said Dr. Bree Montana, who founded Vets4Vets. The group is a confidential peer support program for veterinarians and veterinary students, offering resources like discussion boards. “There are so many ways we can lift each other up,” Montana said. 

> Read the full story here.

Australian university plans to close veterinary teaching hospital amid rising costs   

One of Australia’s largest universities has caused a stir after announcing it will close its veterinary teaching hospital. The decision by the University of Melbourne has sparked debate in the profession about the value of campus facilities that offer students important practical experience but are costly to run, the VIN News Service reports. 

The plan isn’t final but has been approved by university management. It’s met opposition from the Australian Veterinary Association and from some of the school’s 480 students. 

The university has proposed adopting a “distributed teaching model” in which students get practical experience offsite at private hospitals that partner with the university. The university’s vice chancellor noted many other veterinary schools around the world use this framework. 

Still, if officials do follow through on the plan, the University of Melbourne will be the only one of Australia’s seven veterinary schools without a teaching hospital. 

> Read the full story here.

FDA conditionally approves first drug to manage acute onset of pancreatitis in dogs  

The FDA has granted conditional approval to Panoquell-CA1 to manage clinical signs associated with acute onset of pancreatitis in dogs. 

Panoquell-CA1, which contains the active ingredient fuzapladib sodium, is an injectable drug intended for use while the dog is hospitalized. 

“This is the first drug to address a serious and life-threatening disease that previously could only be managed through supportive care such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, anti-emetics and dietary rest,” said Dr. Steven M. Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. 

> Read the full story here.
This week’s Veterinary Student Insider was compiled by managing editor Breanna Demaline. 

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