February 15, 2015

Practicing while pregnant is not as difficult as practicing while raising young children, according to many veterinarians who have done both recently. Nevertheless, veterinarians face risks and other challenges in practice while pregnant. Five small animal practitioners from across the country share stories of how they handled the trials and tribulations. A large animal practitioner also tells her tale.


Several AVMA-supported bills promoting animal health and welfare and advancing the veterinary profession were passed in the previous congressional session, which also saw the elections of three veterinarians to the House of Representatives.


Three senators have expressed doubt federal authorities can or will ensure veterinarians administer antimicrobials to livestock only when appropriate. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, and Kirsten E. Gillibrand said in letter to the co-chairs of the federal Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria that the senators also were concerned that the Food and Drug Administration lacks information needed to evaluate its actions on drug resistance.


The American Association of Equine Practitioners celebrated its past, present, and future during its Annual Convention, held Dec. 6-10, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Presenters touched on the association’s 60th anniversary and the medical advancements made since its inception then, and also gave advice to attendees on how to ensure they enjoy being in practice for a long time to come.


The American Association of Equine Practitioners honored the 2014 recipients of several awards Dec. 9, 2014, at its 60th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.