Veterinary News Crunch Weekly Digest – 3 Jan 2020
Early Life Exposure To Dogs May Lessen Risk Of Developing Schizophrenia
Scientists at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in the US have published an article suggesting that early life exposure to dogs may lessen the risk of developing schizophrenia as an adult. However, the researchers have warned that more studies are needed to prove this theory.
Millennial Owners Often Put Pet Health Before Their Own
A survey by HealthPocket has shown that millennial owners often put their own pet’s health before their own health if low on money. Across 1000 people aged 20 to 35, 62 per cent said that they would be more likely to take their pet to a veterinarian than themselves to a doctor. 25 per cent of those polled said that they had pet insurance, whereas the average across all age groups is just 5 per cent.
VHMA Names New President
The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) has named Michelle Gonzales-Bryant, CVPM as its new president. Gonzales-Bryant has been in the veterinary industry for 27 years and is corporate regional operations director for VCA, who operate over 900 clinics across the US and Canada.
BVA Celebrates Centenary Of Women Entering The Veterinary Profession
It has been 100 years since women were first allowed on the veterinary register and BVA is celebrating this occasion by creating blogs and social posts and also with the BVA Officer team visiting the Parliamentary Archives to personally view the historic act which opened the RCVS Register to women on 23 December 1919. Aleen Crust became the first female veterinary surgeon in 1922 and now, 100 years later, women make up 60 per cent of the veterinary register.
Daniella Dos Santos, the president of the BVA said: “I am honoured to be a female president celebrating this centenary. Thanks to those women who went before me I have been able to join this amazing profession and do a job I love. Their determination paved the way for change for which I am eternally grateful and gave me, and the other four female BVA presidents before me the opportunity to represent our fantastic profession.
Vets ‘trusted’ By Public, But Opinion Split On Fees
A survey funded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons asked 2000 members of the public their opinion on the value of money and trust they have in veterinary professionals. 32% of those asked said that vets were excellent value for money, 38% they were fair value for money and almost a third felt that vets provided poor value for money.
However, a massive 94% answered that they completely or generally trust their veterinary professional. This puts vets in third place of the most trusted professions, behind opticians and pharmacists.
10 New Year’s Resolutions For Leaders In 2020
Still haven’t decided on a New Year’s resolution? It’s never too late to set yourself a new goal to achieve. Here are ten chosen for Leaders in 2020. How many could you achieve by 2021?