Editors' Note: Veterinary Medicine sightings

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Dec 01, 2004




Practitioner Advisory Board member Dr. Gary Norsworthy recently sent us this photo of his hospital cat Buster. Dr. Norsworthy explained that Buster was exhausted after a hard day of entering data into the computer, answering phone calls, and reading important journal articles. Notice that Buster's been reading Veterinary Medicine.

I must admit that whenever I visit a practitioner at a clinic, university, or manufacturing company, I sneak a peek at every desk, tabletop, and magazine rack in sight, hoping to spot a copy of Veterinary Medicine. My reconnaissance efforts often pay off—even if it's only to spy the latest issue in the busy veterinarian's to-be-read pile.

Big-time sightings are more difficult to come by. About 15 years ago, the producers of Turner & Hooch asked us for permission to use a copy of Veterinary Medicine in a scene for the upcoming movie starring Tom Hanks. Of course, our society seems obsessed with celebrity status—and we at Veterinary Medicine are no exception. We not only granted permission, but the whole company took the afternoon off for a matinee. Unfortunately, as hard as everyone tried, no one actually caught a glimpse of the journal in the movie. But we were cited in the credits, and everybody had a good time.

After this experience, we were a bit more reserved when, a few years later, the producers of The Truth About Cats and Dogs asked if they could use Veterinary Medicine in a scene. But sure enough, an issue can be spotted on veterinarian Janeane Garofalo's coffee table—if only for a thrilling split second.

That's the complete—albeit brief—movie history of Veterinary Medicine. These forays into Hollywood are fun, especially since the work of editing a peer-reviewed journal, though rewarding, is a lot less glamorous. But our real gratification comes from knowing that at this moment you could be sighted reading Veterinary Medicine. We hope you enjoy the issue.