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In addition to these hubs, I write a pet-oriented newspaper column, although I sometimes veer off course and write about other things involving non-pet animals.
In researching my topics, which is often a tedious exercise, I expand my knowledge with exciting new discoveries. Well, actually, I sort of get distracted off the beaten path and just stumble across stuff. But, I take notes.
I keep a collection of these nuggets on hand, and every so often I’ll write a “just for fun” column to use them up, only to start a new collection to be used in a future column. So, this is one of those.
We all know of a carpenter named Hammer, a landscaper named Bush, or a shopkeeper named Merchant. It's noteworthy how last names are sometimes in sync with one's profession.
Well, I’m known to occasionally peruse the web sites of various state Veterinary Medical Associations (VMA) and professional trade groups, and guess what I found?
Skimming through some membership rosters and general veterinarian listings, I found veterinarians with last names of: Lamb, Pigeon, Leash, Bass, Howl (plus the two-syllable version: Howell), Beadle, Shepherd, Hare, Coon, Steed, Beever, Horn, Bull, Lyons and Robbins.
There are also the Doctors Bird (or Byrd in some jurisdictions), Katz, Fish, Frogg, Crabbe, Wolfe, Crowe, Buck and Bone.
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In my spare time, I peruse the sites of some foreign VMA's, which don't always call themselves VMA's. Just for kicks I typed Irish Veterinary Medical Association into my browser and learned that it’s called Veterinary Ireland and a benefit of membership is special mortgage rates.
If you don’t find this group exciting enough, try the Veterinary Council of Ireland, Irish Veterinary Nursing Association, Veterinary Northern Ireland, and the Veterinary Officers Association, which is for veterinary surgeons (as they’re known over there) employed by the Irish government.
You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, one examines the animal and four others stand around supervising him.” Shame on you.
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association site seems very much like our American Veterinary Medical Association site.
At the time of my visit, they were concerned about West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis just like we in the colonies are. Which reminds me…
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, that wild and wacky group of British vets, says that “Around half the practices in the UK are accredited under our voluntary Practice Standards Scheme, which quality assures practices and their facilities.”
I guess you’ve got a 50-50 shot of of getting a good one. And this group is not to be confused with the British Veterinary Association.
Back in 1922 veterinarians in Israel must have been on the Israeli Endangered Species List. There were only 7 of them at the time, and 4 of them started the Israel Veterinary Medical Association (I wonder if the other three joined?). But, they've made substantial gains. Now there are more than a thousand of them who belong to the group.
In 1991 two San Francisco veterinarians started an organization under the acronym I'M GLAD (International Membership of Gay and Lesbian Animal Doctors). Today The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association “is a global organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender veterinary professionals, students and straight allies, advocating for a welcoming and inclusive environment within the veterinary profession.” Their membership is open to anyone, regardless of occupation, education, sex, or sexual orientation.
For the almost a vet set, there's the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and for the almost a vet-student set, there's the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.
Then there's the Academie De Medecine Veterinaire Du Quebec that caused all kinds of red underlines on my computer screen. That must be, and I'm taking a wild guess here, the Quebec Veterinary Medical Association. I clicked onto the site and couldn't understand a word they were saying!
I hit the browser’s “translate this page” option and it wouldn't obey the command. Maybe they should re-label the tab: Sit! Translate!
Other veterinary associations I found include, but are not limited to: the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, the Association For Veterinary Informatics, the American Academy of Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
There's also the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, National Veterinary Education Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.
Remember, I started out looking for foreign veterinary medical associations. But, I relish the unfolding opportunities that abound when I get distracted. I learn new things, and I love to write articles sharing these tidbits with everyone.