June 15, 2012

The AVMA Executive Board has appropriated more than half a million dollars to conduct an economic analysis of the U.S. veterinary workforce and to fund a national network supporting health and wellness studies benefiting companion animals and horses. Both initiatives are part of the AVMA's strategic vision to strengthen the veterinary profession economically and advance veterinary scientific research and discovery.


Dr. Clark K. Fobian, District VII representative to the AVMA Executive Board, will likely be elected AVMA president-elect by the Association's House of Delegates this August. In an interview with JAVMA News, the owner and operator of a small animal practice in Sedalia, Mo., talks about his vision for the AVMA as its president, the veterinary workforce study commissioned by the AVMA, and the debate over the Executive Board's endorsement of controversial legislation addressing the welfare of egg-laying hens.


Veterinarians in California said they recently learned it is illegal to routinely carry controlled substances in a mobile or ambulatory practice. Information from the Drug Enforcement Administration indicates a veterinarian must have a separate registration for each location where that veterinarian stores, dispenses, or distributes a controlled substance. A veterinarian with the California VMA said, however, a DEA official told him he could carry the pharmaceuticals he intended to administer during the day.