December 15, 2013

Most families living on South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation can scarcely afford to feed themselves, let alone pay to neuter or vaccinate their pets. At times, the stray dog population on the reservation threatened public health; the reservation’s solution was to catch the animals and shoot them. Fortunately, those roundups are a relic of the past. Now, Rosebud serves as an example of what can be achieved through a high-volume neuter program by a nonprofit working in partnership with a community living in endemic poverty.

AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation sponsored animal-related events in several communities this past fall as part of its Our Oath in Action program. Volunteers educated pet owners about keeping their animals safe during natural disasters, keeping them healthy year-round, and the opportunity to join the AVMF in its mission to help veterinarians help animals.

Issues

The World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization hope the Americas will have no human infections with rabies transmitted from dogs by the end of 2015. Reports of such infections have declined, although some countries—particularly Haiti—likely have more such rabies infections than are reported.

Practice

With so many websites, apps, and software options available for veterinarians these days, it can be hard to know which ones to use or what is available in the first place. JAVMA News looked at the current offerings and highlighted some that best help clinicians with performing their daily work, building websites, earning continuing education credits, and even finding some veterinary-related humor.

Community

The Los Angeles­–based National Museum of Animals & Society’s first exhibition, titled “My Dog is My Home: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness,” opened Nov. 14 and will run through Jan. 5, 2014. The exhibit will open in an online format sometime in early 2014.