July 15, 2014

Veterinarians who work with pet reptiles and amphibians say the species have many cool traits alongside varying degrees of difficulty in their care. The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Reptile and Amphibian specialty under the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners are advancing medicine for the species. But owners of these pets still rarely seek veterinary care, say veterinarians who work with the species.

AVMA

Two candidates are running for the office of AVMA vice president: Drs. Rebecca Stinson of Reidsville, North Carolina, and Mark Russak of Berlin, Connecticut. The AVMA House of Delegates will elect one of them this July as the successor to Dr. Walter Threlfall, whose two-year term is coming to an end. In a Q-and-A with JAVMA News, each candidate explains why he or she is best-suited for the office.

Issues

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus can cause multiple PED outbreaks on a farm within one year, although subsequent infections have been connected with lower mortality rates. The disease is estimated to have killed 7 million pigs since it was discovered in the U.S. in April 2013.

Practice

An agreement between regulators and a rodenticide producer will reduce access to poisons that the regulators say are unsafe for children, pets, and wildlife. Eight of the products contain brodifacoum or difethialone, second-generation anticoagulants that the Environmental Protection Agency considers to be dangerous to wild animals such as scavengers and predators. The other four, which contain the first-generation anticoagulant warfarin, are sold without the bait housing that the agency requires to reduce risks that children and pets will eat loose poison pellets or meal.

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