Saturday, February 13, 2016

Veterinarians at Home Fight the War on Terror!

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Most of us don’t think about where our dinner comes from each night. But, as Sleuth the Reporter Dog has uncovered, maybe we all should be saying thanks to our veterinarian friends!

1) Historically, veterinarians have been charged with protecting our food supply from devastating diseases and helping to maintain the public health by monitoring transmission of disease from animals to people (zoonotic diseases).

2) Some national security experts express concern that our food supply is at risk due to a biological terror attack.

3) Since veterinarians are trained to recognize zoonotic diseases, they are an important component of our national security system.

4) Recent decreases in the number of veterinarians treating large animals or working in public health has experts concerned about a weak link in our defenses against terror attacks.

5) Less than seven percent of licensed veterinarians in the US consider themselves to be large animal veterinarians.

6) These low numbers actually could leave some areas of our country under-manned as older veterinarians retire from practice. 

7) The government has enacted legislation to help forgive student loans for graduates who pursue careers working with livestock.

8) For now, all is secure, but reinforcements will be needed in the very near future.

9) Be sure to bookmark as your best source for accurate and up-to-date pet health information!