September 15, 2012

The new Partners for Healthy Pets program offers a free online Practice Resources Toolbox to help veterinarians overcome barriers to preventive care for cats and dogs. The Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare launched the program Aug. 6 at the AVMA Annual Convention in San Diego. The toolbox offers an in-depth survey tool as well as resources in five other areas—guidelines for preventive care, package plans for preventive care, Internet marketing, communications, and feline-friendly practice.

Issues

Villagers in Peru have survived exposure to rabies virus and developed antibodies without vaccination, according to an article published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers with the agency found rabies virus neutralizing antibodies in some unvaccinated people in Amazonian villages.

Practice

A new AVMA policy discourages people from feeding raw or unprocessed meats and other animal products to cats and dogs. The policy indicates such foods risk animal and human health, but some raw food proponents see the policy as evidence of undue influence on the AVMA by pet food manufacturers.

Community

Dr. Mark D. Markel assumed his new role as dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine on Sept 1. He joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1990, and the last position he held was professor of medical sciences and associate dean for advancement.