February 15, 2013

AVMA Group Health & Life Insurance Trust medical coverage will end for some 17,500 Association members and thousands of their dependents at year’s end. AVMA President Douglas G. Aspros said, “I’m concerned about how this reality is going to affect our members, many of whom have relied on AVMA GHLIT health insurance for themselves and their families for many years. Fortunately, we have a year to help sort this out, and I’m confident that GHLIT, who are experts in this field, will help ensure that every member finds an appropriate medical insurance home.” Identifying with the anxiety of policyholders jolted by this news, GHLIT and AVMA leaders—many of whom themselves carry this coverage—are focusing now on how to help affected AVMA members.

AVMA

The AVMA Council on Education will continue to be recognized by the Department of Education as the accreditor for U.S. veterinary schools and colleges. That said, the COE has one year to comply with a series of department standards to maintain its recognition. The council still needs to prove that it meets certain criteria, such as providing adequate training for individuals conducting site visits.

Issues

Recalls of pet food are not increasing, but awareness of them might be. The primary cause of these recalls is Salmonella contamination, which could pose more of a threat to human health than to animal health.

Practice

The American Association of Equine Practitioners met Dec. 1-5 in Anaheim, Calif., for its annual convention. Welfare concerns such as medication in horse racing and soring of Walking Horses were the focus of a few sessions, as were scope-of-practice matters and the declining number of horse owners. Dr. Ann E. Dwyer took over as president and will oversee governance changes for the association.