Group Title: Veterinary Science Mimeo Report
Title: The role of the University of Florida in continuing education
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Title: The role of the University of Florida in continuing education
Alternate Title: Veterinary Science Mimeo Report - University of Florida ; VY67-2
Physical Description: 2 leaves : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Edds, George T.
University of Florida -- Agricultural Experiment Station
Donor: unknown ( endowment )
Publisher: Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: April, 1967
Copyright Date: 1967
Subject: Veterinary medicine -- Education (Continuing education) -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Statement of Responsibility: George T. Edds.
General Note: Caption title.
General Note: "April, 1967."
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 433126230

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Veterinary Science Florida Agricultural
Mimeo Report VY67-2 Experiment Stat ons
April, 1967 ida


George T. Edds, D.V.M., h.D.2
I.F.A.S. Univ. of Florida

The store of technical and scientific knowledge and the tech-
niques involved in its application have expanded greatly in the last
few years. Many veterinarians, including even recent graduates,
find they are unable to cope with these new developments or with the
increased formalism of advanced subject matter.

The qualifications of veterinarians in today's swiftly advancing
technology are perishable commodities. Everyone must adopt a posi-
tive program of continuing education formal or informal or their
efficiency would suffer seriously. If the veterinarian doesn't
continue his education, including new developments in diagnostic pro-
cedures, surgical techniques, disease prevention and control, he is
obsolete at the end of six years.

Obsolescence shows up in three principal ways. First, the
individual fails to keep up. Second, new developments in under-
graduate curriculums make the practicing veterinarian, not attending
post-graduate educational short courses, obsolete. It was recently
said by a prominent educator that technicians today get about the
same courses that veterinarians were given twenty years ago. Third,
the whole profession changes in scope, in programs, and in areas of
interest. The U. S. Congress has expressed its concern through Title
I of the Higher Education Act of 1965 which, among other things, "is
to aid in professional retraining and refresher programs for persons
in professions such as architecture, engineering, law, medicine,
pharmacy, science, social work, and teaching."

The quality of veterinary medicine must depend largely upon the
ability of veterinarians to make available to their clients the
benefits of new veterinary knowledge. Any contribution to the con-
tinuing education of the veterinarians now in practice could result
promptly in improved animal health and research. The technologic
leverage of over 24,000 veterinarians in the U.S. is a national
resource of the greatest importance, and it is capable of being ex-
tended in effectiveness if the problem of continuing education can be

The educational institution conducting the programs must be
devoted to the maintenance of high standards of academic excellence.
This requires that program planning, assessment of need, development,
and execution be properly directed on the university campus or by a
committee of practitioners strongly interested in this area.

1Presented at the 10th Annual Veterinary conference, April 30, 1967,
Gainesville, Florida.
2Chairman, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Florida


Thus, a short course in clinical pathology would include new
information on interpretation of urinary determinations, of hemograms,
liver function tests, coagulation times, calcium-phosphorus levels,
cholinesterase levels, serum electrophoretic patterns for albumen and
globulin. A course in clinical pharmacology would include new infor-
mation on the mycotoxins as they may predispose to biliary dysfunction
and hepatic carcinoma, the synergistic or antagonistic action of drugs
or their metabolites on repeated drug therapy, drug tolerances, in-
fluence of pesticide residues or steroids on susceptibility to drug
action and possible influence of the pesticides on fertility in
exposed animals. Provision of economic data to substantiate the
excellent returns for veterinary service in the control of calf scours,
calf pneumonias, infertility and mastitis would stimulate cattle owners
to reassess the importance of use of veterinarians fully aware of the
latest information on the prevention, treatment and control of these

We, at the University, are pleased to work with the veterinary
profession in Florida, specialists in the Extension Service, experts
in the several medical disciplines to maintain complete awareness of
new scientific developments.

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