Iowa State University Veterinarian: Volume 49, Issue 2
Veterinary pediatrics, with the possible exception of the foal, is an unfortunately neglected discipline. Feline pediatrics, specifically, is almost entirely neglected in the literature. This neglect is out of proponion with the numbers of kittens seen by veterinarians for both routine health checks and treatment of diseases. Consequently, clients are often ill informed regarding kitten care and an unnecessary number of kittens die that would, with proper care, survive to become healthy pets and show animals. More imponantly, sick or weak kittens should not be considered genetically inferior and be destroyed on the assumption that they would never develop normally. In many situations, feline pediatric medicine can be both practical and economical. Many therapeutic measures effective in kittens are easy, inexpensive, and can be attempted with minimal time and money invested.
Dr. H. Hugh Dukes, author of Dukes, Physiology of Domestic Animals, died on June 8, 1987. His work as an author and educator is internationally recognized but we know little about his life outside academia. In an interview in September, Mrs. Dukes talked about Dr. Dukes and their life together. This article is a summary of that interview.
At 7 p.m. on the evening of July 14, 1987, Dr. Matt Smith (ISU '87) and Dr. Truman Mostrom (ISU '56) were summoned to the farm of Mr. Lloyd Pope ofrural Clear Lake, Iowa. Mr. Pope's 13-yearold shorthorn cow was experiencing difficulty in expelling her calf. Upon arrival, Dr. Mostrom examined the cow and instructed Dr. Smith to go in and pull the calf. The calf was extracted and, due to the small size, Dr. Mostrom anticipated another calf. Dr. Smith pulled the second calf. At this point, Mr. Pope jokingly suggested that Matt check to see if there were any more calves in the uterus. As Dr. Mostrom and Mr. Pope chuckled, Matt informed them he felt three more front limbs! To everyone's surprise, two more live calves were extracted.
The following continuing education offerings have been programmed by staff members of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. State and national veterinary associations have been included to assist in planning your continuing education calendar. Other offerings and specific information about location, times, course descriptions, and costs will be announced monthly in the Veterinary Extension Newsletter. All other offerings have a listed contact person.
Start a conversation with a practitioner and the subject of the surplus of veterinarians, particularly new graduates, is sure to come up. Veterinary schools around the country have responded to surveys showing dwindling new job openings and pressure from state veterinary medical associations by curtailing enrollment numbers. Vet students are bombarded with speeches and presentations explaining all the careers that exist for them outside of traditional practice. But the fact is, most students want to practice. They have chosen this course of study based on their observations of veterinarians in practice back home, and it has led them to desire to do that kind of work. So what is the future plight of new graduates? Are they doomed to unemployment or are they to engage in a salary war, the lowest bidder getting the job? The SCAVMA chapter at Iowa State University has a new approach to answer the needs of its new graduates.