May 01, 2014

Wellness plans with monthly billing are promoted as a way to ensure that patients receive preventive care while improving finances for clients and veterinary clinics. In reality, the plans can be hard to create and maintain. A 2011 Bayer study found that only 5 percent of practices offered a wellness plan billed monthly, although 29 percent would be willing to do so. Now, more practices are trying out the plans with their clients.

AVMA

A new AVMA task force will develop a proposal for federal legislation to address issues related to veterinary compounding, pursuant to the Association’s policies on compounding.

Issues

During this year’s annual meeting, AASV leaders expressed frustration about what they perceive as a growing rift with the AVMA over animal welfare issues, particularly individual housing for pregnant sows, and a desire for the AVMA to give their expert opinions greater weight. AVMA executive vice president Dr. Ron DeHaven said the AVMA has room for differences of opinion and suggested that the differences are not as great as they may seem.

Practice

Scientists in the Comparative Pain Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a method to detect pain relief in cats with degenerative joint disease.

Community

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Annual Conference March 14-16 in Alexandria, Va., was structured to help develop a common understanding and vision for one health. The conference featured scores of presentations by government, nonprofit, and academic leaders from around the world. Topics included controlling zoonotic infectious diseases, protecting the global food supply, improving clinical care for people and animals, and strategies for developing academic programs in one health.