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Surfing The Internet Yields Fascinating Stuff

Updated on October 14, 2017
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With 30 years in the pet supply industry, Bob's newspaper column deals with animal health, nutrition, behavior, regulation, and advocacy.


The Humor Of The Internet's Unintended Consequences

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.

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, at the time I clicked on the site, was 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.

© 2012 Bob Bamberg


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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Hi Aubrey, nice to meet you! I'm pleased that you enjoyed this hub. I write mostly about pet, nutrition, behavior, etc., occasionally about the woodland creatures that are showing up in urban and suburban settings, and sometimes about non animal topics.

      I hope you'll have a minute to check my profile page. I've got about 114 hubs there. Thanks for taking the time to read this one and for commenting as well. Warm regards, Bob

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Lol, nice ramblings Bob. I did enjoy this a bit. I've never read your stuff before, but I was entertained to say the least and wouldn't mind reading something on topic. Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully I'll see you around the hubs.


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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      So how come I keep falling off the tracks! I write a hub a day and a weekly newspaper column and still walk into a room and forget why I went in there! I think it's a condition that's caused by social security checks.

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Oh, no, my friend. Writers do not have weak, undisciplined minds! At least, most of us don't. We write to keep our minds organized and on track!

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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Hi Ann, it's nice to know I'm not alone. I was afraid it was a sign of a weak, undisciplined mind. If it is, I'm in great company. Thanks for commenting and voting. Regards, Bob

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Bob, that was great! I can relate. Sometimes when I research, I get off on something that creates another article in of itself, too.

      I had no idea there were so many vet organizations out there. I'll bet there is as many for doctors and nurses, too. Hey, there's you an idea for another hub you can write when you get distracted again!

      Voted up.

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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      And punctural, too.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I am still waiting to hear about the first annual meeting of the IAGLTHVA (the International Association of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Holistic Veterinary Acupuncturists). They might only have five members, but I bet they would be dedicated!

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      Bob Bamberg 5 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      So I'm not alone! Thanks, Jaye, I'm in great company!! I agree with you 100%, and 110% on the part about "forgetting what I was originally supposed to be finding." It's amazing how a 2 minute "fact confirmation" search can turn into a 30 minute odyssey.

      I so much enjoyed writing that hub. Mine are almost always about serious stuff, which I try to present in an interesting and helpful way, and I love writing them, but they get to be a collective bummer after a while. This one was R & R for my brain.

      OK, enough fun, frolic, mirth and merriment...back to the serious stuff. Thanks for the comments and votes, Jaye, nice to have you visit, as always. Regards, Bob.

      Hello, wetnosedogs, nice to have you stop by. I agree that distractions are, at times, beneficial. There are times, too, that they're counter-productive.

      I can get distracted by something I find interesting, yet not pertinent to the task at hand, and spend a lot of time being distracted. Sometimes it's worth it, often it's just a waste of time. Time...something we all have an abundance of, right! :)

      Thanks for checking in, wetnosedogs, nice to see you. Regards, Bob

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Great hub and a great way to learn new stuff. Distractions are, at times, beneficial.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Ah, Bob....There are those who can stay on the "straight and narrow" while researching without succumbing to distractions, and ... there are the rest of us! I often find myself clicking from link to link, going off on a tangent here, a side road there until I forget what I was originally supposed to be finding! It may not be perfectly organized or always effective, but we can learn so much by letting the mouse go its own way.

      Very interesting hub. I enjoyed it immensely. Voted Up++