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Re: “UPDATE: State college scholarship cuts run deep

The AVMA recently commissioned a study revealing (as most of us in the profession already knew) that the market is about 11% oversaturated with veterinarians. The study went on to make the recommendation that practicing veterinarians must make room for the new graduates by lowering costs (ie, earnings) in order to make room for the new graduates. This in a profession where the income/debt ratio of the average graduate is something like 1/2 or 1/3, and some students going to out-of-state or private schools are coming out $300K in debt, or worse. The average starting salary for small animal practitioners is about $60K, for reference. Also, I know tons of vets who met and married in vet school... imagine a family coming out with >$500K in debt in a failing profession.

Personally, in light of what's happening to the profession, it might not be a bad idea for states that aren't heavily invested like Arkansas to yank funding.

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Posted by jcd on 05/16/2013 at 11:22 PM

Re: “If Fox reports it, it must be so, right?

The Republicans already knew this.


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Posted by jcd on 11/10/2012 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Little Rock Zoo plans for the future

I'd like to know specific projects the LR Zoo has underway that involve "protecting species" because I suspect there are none. How about educating the public, because other than the signs and plaques posted in front of the exhibits, I've seen hardly any of that either.

I've been there maybe a dozen times over the past 8 or 9 years, and I've seen them use that little ampitheater exactly once. Another time, I saw a guy standing around with a bald eagle on his arm. I've never seen a daily schedule of educational programs, like for instance, the Corpus Christi Aquarium, where they gave presentations every hour or so all day long, not including the twice (or so) daily dolphin show. Is it any different now?

I've known people who worked at this zoo, and I've never ever heard of them talk about specific conservation projects (unless we're talking about trying to keep their own animals alive).

The zoo, as it exists now, is really nothing more than a cafe surrounded by animals in cages.

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Posted by jcd on 06/10/2011 at 10:01 AM

Re: “How LR does business: Secretly

Audubon's involvement in this or any deal must be examined from their own self-interest, not that of the environment.

For example, we all know how active they've been in fighting the Turk plant. It all seems noble until you find out about this:


How can one coal-burning power plant be a menace to the environment, yet another is an "Important Bird Area"? Both the plants are even owned by SWEPCO!

I don't mean to change the subject. Just don't assume that Audubon's involvement in this means anything good for the environment.

Posted by jcd on 06/05/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Speaking of chickenbleep

''...THEIR commander-in-chief..."

I'm feeling better now for all the harsh words directed at their door-to-door peddlers who frequent my stoop.

Posted by jcd on 05/03/2011 at 11:14 AM

Re: “You can't reason with the crazy


This article deals more with why conviction trumps scientific data, but the theme is consistent with what you're discussing here.

Posted by jcd on 04/28/2011 at 11:01 AM


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