In a profession as honorable as that of veterinary medicine, it's especially disappointing when we see one of our own behaving in a manner that can only be described as dishonorable.
So, when Andres Lopez Elores was recently charged with illegally smuggling narcotics into the US by way of puppies, I can't help but cringe at the fact that behavior like this has the potential to give us all a bad rep. The bad man decided to use purebred Labrador Retrievers as his mules, cutting open their bellies, stuffing them with drugs and sewing them back up hoping no one would be any the wiser. The smugglers decided to go with purebreds, under the hope that the dogs wouldn't attract attention as they went through customs (a sorry summary of the state of our world, if I may say so myself).
Alas, his malevolent intentions didn't work out quite as planned and the smuggler dogs were discovered. Elores was arrested in Spain and extradited to the US.
Though most involved in the veterinary profession are deeply honorable people, there are the rare few who are less than. I hope you'll never encounter any such individuals in your life—you certainly won't at the PPAC.
Til' next time,