Mich. State Associate Professor Named Charter Diplomate of ACAW

According to a news release on the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) website, Carla L. Carleton, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, an associate professor in the MSU CVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, has been named one of 27 Charter Diplomates of the newly formed American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW).

"The creation of the College has been a six-year process," Carleton said in the statement. "The United States now joins the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in recognizing animal welfare as a specialty in veterinary medicine. We have lagged behind in this regard, but the AVMA recognition demonstrates a commitment to join the global veterinary community as a leader in animal welfare issues."

According to the statement, Carleton began working for animal welfare in South Asia in 1992, when she partnered with equine practitioners in India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Morocco and focused on the health and welfare of village carriage ponies.

In 2003, she served as the co-chairman, a laboratory instructor, and a lecturer at the first Indian Association of Equine Practitioners conference, the statement said.

According to the statement, in 2004 Carleton formed the Lampang Pony Clinic (LPC), along with Siraya Chunekamrai, DVM, PhD, and Nanna Luthersson, DVM, to provide basic health care, farriery care, and dentisty to equids in northern Thailand. Following the success of their first clinic, the team opened a mobile equine clinic in Cambodia and are discussing plans to open a clinic in Vietnam, the statement said.

The goal of the ACAW is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation, the statement said. The first ACAW certifying exam will be administered in July 2013. Veterinarians whose work has a significant animal welfare component can submit credentials to take future exams or seek advanced residency training to become eligible.


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