November 01, 2014

This year’s Banfield Pet Health Care Industry Summit, held Aug. 12-13 in Portland, Oregon, focused on the topic of generational differences and how they apply to the veterinary profession. Keynote speaker Cam Marston encouraged veterinarians to discuss generational differences with their employees and co-workers to identify potential biases and unfounded assumptions and prepare for the changes coming with the millennial generation.

AVMA

Efforts by the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, the Utah VMA, and the CATalyst Council provide examples of how private practitioners across the country are responding to nonprofits and governmental agencies providing veterinary services. Representatives of the groups spoke about these efforts during the 2014 AVMA Public Policy Symposium, Sept. 5-6 in Rosemont, Illinois.

Practice

Agency officials are considering expanding the number of drugs that can receive conditional approvals, a designation for drugs sold while still undergoing effectiveness testing.

Community

Jamie Peisel and Katherine Watson won the $10,000 grand prize at the first Veterinary Innovation Challenge in September with their idea for a digital pet collar and smartphone app that makes pet care “fun and easy.”


Correction

The article “Arce, Carlson-Lammers to join Executive Board” in the March 15, 2014, issue of JAVMA News, page 634, gave incorrect years for Dr. José V. Arce’s service in the AVMA House of Delegates. He was elected as Puerto Rico’s alternate delegate in 2000 and as its delegate in 2006.