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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2008-05-05 18:12:06 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] more on the upcoming exotics specialty already announced

There isn't anything yet in

but there IS a news article with more details in
which is apparently on-line 3 days ahead of time.

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The new Exotic Companion Mammal specialty practice area received=20
provisional recognition from the AVMA, following review by the AVMA=20
American Board of Veterinary Specialties and approval in April by the=20
AVMA Executive Board. The new specialty will focus on ferrets,=20
rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, and other small exotic mammals that=20
people keep as pets. It will fall under the auspices of the American=20
Board of Veterinary Practitioners, which offers board certification in=20
a number of other specialty practice areas.


According to the 2007 edition of the AVMA's U.S. Pet Ownership &=20
Demographics Sourcebook, Americans own about 6.2 million pet rabbits=97
an increase of 1.4 million in five years. Americans also own 1.2=20
million hamsters, 1.1 million ferrets, and 1 million guinea pigs along=20
with hundreds of thousands of gerbils and other rodents.

[But this does not mesh reporter WSJ's Ken Well's estimate several=20
year ago (maybe about 7) of 3.2 Billion per year because people don't=20
spent $3,000 every year on each ferret. It would be good to know what=20
the numbers are based upon. For instance, if they are from federal=20
figures from the farms with an estimate of privately bred ferrets=20
added on then it could make sense.]

The ABVS consists of one voting representative from each recognized=20
specialty organization plus liaisons from the Association of American=20
Veterinary Medical Colleges and AVMA Council on Education.=20
Recommendations for recognition of specialties or specialty=20
organizations go from the ABVS to the COE and then to the AVMA=20
Executive Board. Information about the ABVS is available at

To attain full recognition, the Exotic Companion Mammal specialty must=20
submit a second petition for review between year four and year 10 of=20
provisional recognition.

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Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:

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