November 15, 2014

Cyberbullying, also known as cyberharassment, is the use of online resources to harass through personal attacks. A number of veterinarians report that cyberbully attacks by clients or pet owners have impacted them personally and professionally. A personal crisis manager recommends that veterinarians affected by cyberbullying address the issue as quickly as possible in a transparent and factual manner.

AVMA

A Smithsonian exhibition showcasing veterinary medicine. More materials from the AVMA to meet the needs of a range of audiences. Materials in new formats and new media. These are just a few of the highlights of the work of the AVMA Communications Division during the past decade as the division grew under director J.B. Hancock, who retired at the end of September.

Issues

Federal agriculture authorities will reduce certain uses of antimicrobials in agriculture as part of a strategy to reduce risks from antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, according to an executive order published in September. The order also will require antimicrobial stewardship in health care industries, although a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said that objective is focused on stewardship efforts in human health care.

Practice

Cat owners who recently visited the Martha Stewart, Today, or CNN websites might have seen advertisements promoting yearly check-ups for cats or the possibility of a less stressful veterinary visit. The advertisements connect cat owners with the Cat Friendly Practice program from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. The CFP program and the AAFP have grown dramatically in the past few years, and attendance also was up for the AAFP’s annual conference.

Community

Dr. Richard J. Meinert, a well-liked mixed animal practitioner from California known for his compassion and generosity, was killed during a break-in at his veterinary clinic this summer. Following the release of autopsy and toxicology reports in September, the local sheriff’s office declared Dr. Meinert’s death a homicide.

Clarification

The article “Certificate programs promote diversity in veterinary medicine” in the Nov. 1, 2014, issue of JAVMA News, gave an incomplete definition for the term “microaggression.” It should be defined as verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate slights and insults on the basis of characteristics including gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability.