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.


The AVMA Board of Directors, while meeting Nov. 20-22, 2014, approved a few new policies, rescinded some that were no longer applicable, and reaffirmed or revised numerous others.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.


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


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.


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.