Weekly Veterinary News Roundup: ‘Biases in Veterinary School Admissions, Processes and Standards AAVMC Finds’

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Catch up on this week’s top headlines with the weekly veterinary news roundup, presented by VetX International.

Biases in Veterinary School Admissions, Processes and Standards AAVMC Finds

A new study from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has found that there are distinct biases in veterinary school admissions, processes and standards. 

The study from the association collected and analysed data from the Veterinary Medical College Application Service and the 2018-2019 cycle post-application/post-admission survey. 

Admission offers for underrepresented groups were much lower than other groups, such as middle-class, white, male applicants (who had a much higher offer rate). Further, underrepresented female students reported difficulties in obtaining veterinary experience compared to white, male respondents. 

The authors of the study stated that:

‘Admittedly, the barriers/deterrents are not absolute—many disadvantaged candidates are ultimately successful in gaining an offer of admission’.

‘But the playing field is certainly not level for all candidates; candidates from disadvantaged groups must overcome disproportionate degrees of difficulty to achieve their goals.’ 

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Appeals for Veterinarians to Contact Congress in Support of One Health Framework

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has appealed for vets to support the new ‘One Health Act’, an act that has recently been reintroduced to both chambers of congress. 

The ‘Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act’ would institute a coordinated federal framework where government agencies would work in tandem to prevent, prepare for, and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks. 

AVMA’s president Douglas Kratt, DVM, said that: 

‘COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for our nation to take a One Health approach to disease outbreaks.’

‘Animals, humans, and the environment are more interconnected than ever, and this legislation is an important step to fully implementing One Health principles into our public health approach’. 

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BVA Outlines Roadmap Out of Lockdown For Veterinary Practices

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued guidance for veterinary practices amid the easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK. 

The BVA stated that practices will be able to:

‘Provide services to clients in accordance with their professional judgement, the ongoing requirement to maintain biosecurity and social distancing, and any other relevant government guidelines and restrictions from the following dates’. 

The dates are as listed:

-Wales: 22nd March

-Scotland: 5th April 

-England: 12th April 

-Northern Ireland: 12th April 

BVA President James Russel said that: 

‘As we mark the anniversary of the first lockdown, we’re pleased and relieved that there is light at the end of the tunnel. But as practices start returning to providing a more normal range of services, it’s essential that we keep up our safe working practices. We’re reminding veterinary workplaces to risk assess any changes and involve the whole team in planning for the transition.’

‘We’re also well aware that veterinary teams are exhausted and so we’re asking employers to encourage and facilitate colleagues taking breaks and annual leave, including themselves.’ 

‘Veterinary teams have done an incredible job from securing the food supply chain to keeping much-loved pets healthy and happy in lockdown. I’m enormously proud of how our profession has navigated this crisis’.

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Australian Veterinarians Mobilise in Response to Flooding Emergency 

Veterinary volunteers from the welfare charity ‘Vets Beyond Borders’ have been deployed in response to the flooding in New South Wales. 

The charity played a vital role during the ‘Black Summer’ fires of 2020, which displaced thousands of animals and people. They are trained to help livestock, horses, and any other injured wildlife caught up in disasters. 

‘During these times of crisis, families endure a great amount of hardship and grief, compounded with the uncertainty of when they may be able to return to their properties’ VBB CEO Dr Sally Colgan said.  

‘We’re on standby to provide support to the Castle Hill evacuation centre, and we’re gearing up to board the AWL-NSW Mobile Vet Truck, which is preparing to provide vital support to the disaster-affected communities in the mid-north coast of NSW.’

‘The veterinary profession is incredibly empathetic and the ability to dig deep and turn up day after day to help out is such an admirable quality… our volunteers are amazing.’


Being Mindful in the Workplace 

As mental health awareness increases, more workplaces are prioritising worker wellbeing in the office. 

In the US, more than 200 million workdays are lost annually due to worker mental health issues. It is evident that the mental health crisis not only has social implications for leaders, but economic ones too. 

Although many businesses can’t afford an elaborate wellbeing program for their staff, there are other ways to boost employee wellbeing. 

Read on to find out how. 

Encourage Movement

Sitting down for extended periods can be incredibly bad for both our physical and mental health. 

Encouraging staff to take walks during the workday, perhaps even encouraging cycling to work, are all ways to keep moving.

For employees who are constantly on their feet, step count competitions between staff members can be an amazing way to encourage activeness during the day (and have a little fun!). 

Promote Meditation 

Mindfulness practices can be carried out anywhere, and therefore are a great wellness tool for the busy professional. 

To get started, host a mindfulness session for staff to introduce them to the subject and teach them the basics. Also consider creating a space for staff members to be able to relax during their breaks, where they can practice their mindfulness teachings. 

Encourage Better Eating

You are what you eat- and eating unhealthy foods can have a knock-on impact on mental health. 

Instead of having vending machines full of sugary snacks, encourage healthy eating around the workplace by providing nutrient-dense foods for staff. 

This doesn’t mean you have to force all your staff to go on a diet (that will do more harm than good) rather, employers should try to create a balance in the workplace, encouraging healthier habits for all.  

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