September 01, 2014
One-third of veterinarians responding to recent polls reported that they knew of occasions when outside pharmacies dispensed different drugs or dosages to clients than were prescribed and did so without consulting the prescribing veterinarian. One-tenth of respondents said they have had patients harmed by such substitutions. The Oregon, Idaho, Iowa, Washington, and Southern California veterinary medical associations together received responses from 707 veterinarians to surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Ted Cohn is the new AVMA president, and he's got a litany of concerns about his profession and its national association. But he's certain no challenge is too great so long as veterinarians work together and through the AVMA to overcome them.
Dr. John R. Clifford, deputy administrator of Veterinary Services in the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, recently talked with JAVMA about the agency's new organizational philosophy and current animal health and regulatory issues.
For some veterinarians, taking care of the environment is just as important as looking after their patients. They say building and maintaining an ecofriendly clinic takes dedication, but encourage other practitioners to consider the long-term financial and environmental payoffs, which they say are well worth the effort.