September 15, 2014

The veterinary community overall is placing more of an emphasis on preventive care for pets, according to a new white paper from Partners for Healthy Pets, but the frequency of pets’ veterinary visits does not appear to have increased—at least not yet. Partners for Healthy Pets released the findings July 26 during the AVMA Annual Convention. On July 27, the consortium presented educational programming focusing on its consumer campaign and its toolbox full of free resources to help practices promote preventive care.

Issues

A divided appellate court ruled that the Food and Drug Administration has discretion over whether to initiate withdrawal proceedings when the agency has concerns about drug safety, a reversal of a lower court ruling. The July 24 decision is connected with a lawsuit over the lack of FDA action on proposed withdrawals and lack of final responses to petitions that sought agency action.

Practice

Many apparently healthy cats had laboratory profiles consistent with a range of medical conditions, according to new findings from Zoetis’ Pet Wellness Report service. The report also revealed “new health risks” in re-examinations of apparently healthy dogs and cats that had been seen in the past 90 days for a routine annual wellness visit.

Community

Dr. Murray E. Fowler is widely recognized as the father of zoological medicine. Under his leadership, the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine started the first teaching and residency programs on the health of captive and free-roaming wildlife. Dr. Fowler died this May after a brief illness. He was 85.