Army veterinary corps supports warfighters on multiple fronts
August 12, 2022Veterinarians have been a part of the United States military since the nation’s founding, when farriers provided informal veterinary care to the horses employed by George Washington’s Continental Army. The movement to establish a formal veterinary corps within the U.S. Army grew stronger during the Civil War, and it became reality in 1916 via the National Defense Act, designed to bolster American military preparedness as involvement in World War I grew more likely.
Meet the National Zoo’s dietary Dr. Doolittle
August 2, 2022As senior nutritionist and head of the department of nutrition science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., Mike Maslanka has a lot of hungry mouths to feed each day: nearly 1,800 across 360 species ranging from Asian elephants to black pacus, a fruit-eating relative of the piranha.