March 15, 2013

The 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals expands on information provided by the AVMA on the process of, and considerations for, euthanasia. The AVMA Panel on Euthanasia has worked since 2009 to add sections on humanely ending the lives of individuals and groups for a wide variety of species, including finfish and invertebrates, and to offer more detailed technical advice on individual methods of euthanasia. The report is available at


Former AVMA vice president Dr. Gary S. Brown has been elected the next District V AVMA Executive Board representative. He will replace Dr. Janver Krehbiel as the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia representative this July. Voting for a new District III representative on the Executive Board will commence March 1. Drs. Michael E. Newman and Walter C. Robinson are running to succeed Dr. Joseph Kinnarney when his term on the board expires this July. AVMA members in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee have until April 1 to cast ballots for their district representative.


This March, the National Institutes of Health is expected to announce whether more than 400 federally owned chimpanzees used for research will be retired to sanctuaries in accordance with an advisory committee recommendation. The NIH has also been advised to maintain a colony of 50 or so chimpanzees for possible future research needs and to end more than a dozen active projects using chimpanzees as study models.


Seventy-eight percent of practice owners say cats represent one of the most important missed opportunities for the profession, according to a new study. The study found that many but not most practices are taking steps to increase feline veterinary visits, which lag far behind canine veterinary visits. “Probably the greatest opportunity for veterinarians to improve companion animal health care, as well as their own incomes, is to solve the cat riddle,” said John Volk, senior consultant with Brakke Consulting Inc.


Fifteen veterinary students from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil died in the fire that killed 230 in February at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria.