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AAFCO
Association of American Feed Control Officials; an organization which sets standards for pet food ingredients and minimum daily requirements.

Abdomen
A region of the body between the chest and the pelvis; belly.

Abdominocentesis
The insertion of a needle into the abdominal cavity to remove fluids.

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Today’s Veterinarian

Today’s veterinarians are in the unique position of being the only doctors educated to protect the health of both animals and people. They are not only educated to meet the health needs of every species of animal but they play an important role in environmental protection, food safety, and public health. In taking The Veterinarian’s Oath, a doctor solemnly swears to use his or her scientific knowledge and skills “for the benefit of society, through the protection of animal health, […]

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The Veterinary Approach

Veterinarians in private clinical practice work to prevent disease and other health problems in their patients. They examine animal patients, vaccinate them against diseases, prevent the transmission of animal disease to people and advise owners on ways to keep pets and livestock well nourished and healthy. When health problems develop, practitioners must diagnose the problem and treat the patients. Accurate diagnosis frequently requires the use of laboratory tests, radiography or x-rays, and specialized equipment. Treatments may involve a number of […]

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You & Your Vet

As the pet owner you must communicate your pet’s health care needs to your veterinarian. Nobody knows your pet like you.  Many signs of illness are subtle. Your veterinarian will rely on your awareness of small changes in your pet’s behavior or habits. Take the time to choose the right veterinarian for your special pet.  It is a good idea to start thinking about selecting a veterinarian before a new pet becomes a member of your family. In fact, a […]

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What We Learn

Students interested in a career in veterinary medicine should begin their preparation by doing well in general science and biology in junior high school. They need to take a strong science, math, and biology program in high school. Admission into veterinary medical school is competitive. In fact, many people would agree that it’s just as tough if not tougher to get into a veterinary medical school compared to a human medical school. To be considered for admission to a college […]

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What We Do

Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Surgeons are medical professionals whose primary responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals and people. The term “Veterinarian” comes from veterinae, which means “working animals.” Every veterinarian has gone through extensive medical training for animals and has received a license to practice veterinary medicine. Veterinarians diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick and injured animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, and advise owners on proper care of pets and […]

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Help & Support

University of California at Davis Veterinary Students (530)752-3602 or toll free (800)565-1526 Monday-Friday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (PT) http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/petloss/index.htm Florida Community Volunteers (352)392-4700 Dial 1 and 4080 (352)392-4700 X4744 (Joy Diaz) Monday-Friday 7 pm to 9 pm (ET) http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/vmth/companions.htm Michigan State University Veterinary Students
(517)432-2696 Tuesday to Thursday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (ET) http://cvm.msu.edu/petloss/index.htm Chicago VMA Veterinarians and Staffs (630)325-1600 Leave Voicemail

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