December 15, 2012

Hurricane Sandy—the largest Atlantic one on record—collided with other storm fronts on Oct. 29 to form a superstorm that brought severe weather to more than 24 U.S. states. In its wake, hundreds of animals required temporary housing or medical care. Local nonprofits and government agencies assisted in these efforts by putting up shelters, sending veterinarians to attend to injured animals, and setting up hot lines for people to call if they had lost a pet.
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AVMA

A resolution discouraging homeopathy is on the agenda for the Jan. 5 regular winter session of the AVMA House of Delegates. A background statement asserts: "Specific veterinary therapies may be identified by the AVMA as unsafe or ineffective based on a thorough evaluation of the available scientific evidence and a general agreement among scientists that the balance of the evidence demonstrates the practice to be ineffective or unsafe."

Issues

The Association of Avian Veterinarians recently announced its support for replacing lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle with nontoxic alternatives to prevent poisoning in free-ranging birds.

Practice

Veterinary practices around the country are receiving an economic census form this year. The U.S. Census Bureau publishes information by industry and is trying to improve the response rate of veterinarians. Results of this census are essential to understanding America’s economy and helpful to businesses researching the veterinary market.

Community

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America has replaced its top two officials. Julie Legred will now lead the association as executive director, and Kara Burns is the new communications director. They took their positions on an interim basis Nov. 1. Both are veterinary technicians and are the first techs to occupy these leadership positions.