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A punch list for changing veterinary medicine's public image in the 21st century

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  • 1 Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849.
  • | 2 Hill's Pet Nutrition, PO Box 148, Topeka, KS 66601.
  • | 3 Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849.

It is especially important that veterinarians begin to take a more active role in our nation’s human health promotion and disease prevention initiatives in the 21st century. Of approximately 1,400 conference attendees at the unveiling of Healthy People 2010 in Washington, DC, in January 2000, only six were veterinarians. Three of these veterinarians had been sponsored by the AVMA; two of them presented scientific poster sessions, and one delivered a platform presentation. Of the remaining three veterinarians in attendance, two were conference organizers and one was a bona fide attendee. 1 Nevertheless, other health care professionals challenged

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Dr. Hendrix.