The human race may not be riding around in flying cars or taking advantage of a great Airbnb setup on nearby planets by the year 2020, but Marty Becker, DVM, has some pretty stellar predictions for the near future. Let’s set our clocks four years forward and see what wonders lay ahead in the field of veterinary medicine.
The manuscript of James Herriot’s unpublished novel, All Things Hairy and Smelly, is discovered in a Yorkshire, England, attic.
All pet owners finally agree to do whatever their veterinarian recommends, never second-guess them ever, always agree to the treatment plan, give the meds exactly as directed, always pay their bills on time, always follow up on their recommended reches and retesting.
The American Animal Hospital Association announces the winner of its 10th annual “Best Dressed Veterinarian” contest: nobody.
Caving to years of immense public pressure, DVMs finally agree to change the pronunciation to “vetnarian.”
After three consecutive days of an Internet blackout and deprived of access to Drs. Google and Bing, pet owners form waiting lines circling veterinary hospitals. The American Veterinary Medical Association once again predicts a veterinary workforce shortage.
The federal government announces that it will stop lending money it does not have to veterinary students who cannot repay and who are studying for jobs that do not exist. Undeterred, prospective veterinary students continue to enroll and pledge the future earnings of their yet unborn children.
A major pet food company announces an adult-active-indoor-multicat-senior-long-coat-multidog-hairball-control-sensitive-stomach-outdoor-oral-care -healthy-weight-puppy-kitten-and- backyard-chicken-grain-free diet. Finally!
The last surviving male veterinarian, Dr. George Kaplan of Poughkeepsie, New York, dies peacefully in his sleep.