October 01, 2014

While veterinarians can expect to treat more cases of accidental marijuana poisoning, support for cannabis’s potential as a veterinary drug is gaining ground.


Missouri voters passed a constitutional amendment that indicates the state’s residents have the right to farm and ranch; the courts will now have to decide what protections the amendment offers. A representative for the Missouri Farm Bureau thinks the change was needed to protect industries vulnerable to ballot initiatives, but a representative for the Humane Society of the United States worries companies will use the change to challenge existing laws and regulations that protect humans and animals.


Celebrate the veterinary technicians in your life during the annual National Veterinary Technician Week, which will run from Oct. 12-18. The week symbolizes the commitments all veterinary technicians make to the veterinary profession. This year’s theme is “What Does a Vet Tech Do?”


The 2014 Merial­–National Institutes of Health Veterinary Scholars Symposium was held July 31-Aug. 3 at Cornell University. The event attracted a mix of scientists and veterinary scholars who have been engaged in mentored research experiences over the course of the summer at veterinary colleges in the U.S. and Canada. A number of awards for veterinary research were handed out during the symposium, too.





The article “Substitution errors” in the Sept. 1, 2014, issue of JAVMA News, page 462, included an inaccurate statement that pet owners in Oregon could, by requesting generic alternatives, override a veterinarian’s orders against substitutions.

If a veterinarian’s prescription includes an order against substitutions, a pharmacist cannot provide a generic alternative without approval from the prescriber.