Here’s a link, not to The Onion, but to a veterinary medicine newsletter about, you guessed it, the shortage of underrepresented minority vets. Yet it seems to me that the critical question, unanswered by the article, is whether, when we demand that the profession “look like” the general population, are we talking about the general population of pet owners … or pets? Does a German shepherd, for instance, prefer a vet who shares its color and culture? How about an Irish setter? You can’t make this stuff up.