May 15, 2015

About 40 percent of dog and cat foods tested in a recent study may have contained different meats than those listed on the product labels. The prevalence of mislabeling in pet foods is difficult to quantify, although testing technology and improvements in process control could reduce the related risk.

AVMA

The Student AVMA Educational Symposium, held March 19-21 at the University of Minnesota, featured many of its traditional pastimes, from athletic and academic competitions to field trips to local attractions. But the students also infused a sense of novelty into the meeting with new ideas about tackling wellness and how SAVMA can better serve its members.

Issues

Federal agriculture researchers are developing a poultry-use vaccine against the highly pathogenic H5 influenza strains that have infected poultry and wildlife since December 2014. Dr. David Suarez, research leader for the exotic and emerging avian viral disease unit at the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, said the ARS was performing safety studies on a vaccine that should be well-matched against all the highly pathogenic H5 influenza virus strains discovered in the U.S. since December 2014, unlike available commercial vaccines that would not provide as much antigenic similarity.

Practice

The AAHA State of the Industry 2015 report revealed factors that dog and cat owners say strengthen their bond with their veterinary practice, such as the veterinarian explaining things in an understandable way. The American Animal Hospital Association released the report during its yearly conference, March 12-15 in Tampa, Florida. Numerous sessions explored practice building, with the keynote speaker sharing a message about nurturing growth and one of the management tracks focusing on growth through client retention.

Community

Even with the launch of programs that offer year-round CE opportunities, including the Speaker Enhancement Program, Veterinary Technician Symposium, and On The Road, the Annual Western Veterinary Conference remains the foundation for the WVC’s continuing education efforts, according to CEO David Little.