Thursday Open Line

Thursday, May 24th. There are few love affairs to rival that between pets and their owners. Most pets are rewarded for their unquestioning love with shelter, food, and medical care. Usually, each pet makes several visits a year to the veterinarian for annual shots and a checkup. Of course, they also go to the vet if they get sick or hurt. The first veterinary school in the U.S. opened this week in 1879 at Iowa State College — now University — in Ames, Iowa. Today, there are nearly 44,000 veterinarians offices located around the U.S. They take care of the nation’s 72 million dogs, 82 million cats, 11 million birds and more than 7 million horses. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.

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