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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter May/June 2001 Volume XVI, No III

During the week of May 6 to 12, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and pet owners will celebrate "People and Pets, The Perfect Combination." National Pet Week 2001 is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Auxiliary to the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the North American Veterinary Technician Association. The theme recognizes the warmth, joy, love, and companionship that pets bring into our lives as well as the vital role of the veterinarian in that relationship.

Today’s pets are considered important members of the family, and for many persons pets provide emotional stability and improve their quality of life. Just as human medicine is making huge advancements to increase people’s life expectancy, sophisticated medical procedures are now available for pets. Veterinarians are increasingly referring patients to animal cardiologists, oncologists, ophthalmologists, and dermatologists for special treatment to ensure a longer, more comfortable life.

Pet ownership is a long-term commitment, but the rewards will last a lifetime.

In the photo at left, Targa, 13, and Kenneth, 89, are constant companions.