February 01, 2015

The AVMA will soon release the second in a three-part series of recommendations for killing animals humanely. The latest document addresses preventing pain and distress in animals slaughtered for food.

AVMA

The AVMA Board of Directors, while meeting Nov. 20-22, 2014, approved a few new policies, rescinded some that were no longer applicable, and reaffirmed or revised numerous others. Among the key actions were establishment of a policy on oversight of clinical studies that do not affect animal care, rescission of the policy on procedures for state VMAs to resolve grievances against veterinarians, and revision of a policy on illegal drug residues in food animals.

Issues

The fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome appears to spread in the winter while bats are hibernating and not during the migratory period.

Practice

Seventy-two percent of veterinary practices rely on surveys for client feedback, according to a survey of members by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Eighty-three percent of respondents who surveyed clients considered the results helpful in evaluating current policies, procedures, and practices.

Community

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine planned to begin a number of renovations in January, as a result of a grant of more than $2.1 million from the state. The renovation project will improve areas of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and other parts of the veterinary college.