July 01, 2015

Almost 28 percent of veterinarians in clinical practice might seek to transition to a nonclinical veterinary career at some point in the future or are currently seeking such a transition. Successfully making a career transition requires self-reflection and bravery, but veterinarians have many career options. The AVMA and a center at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine are among the groups that have provided resources in recent years to help veterinarians prepare to take the leap to another sphere of the profession.


When the AVMA House of Delegates convenes in Boston this July, it will select the 2015-2016 AVMA president-elect. The sole candidate for the office is Dr. Tom Meyer. The former chair of the AVMA Board of Directors who currently co-owns a mixed animal practice spoke to JAVMA News about his motivation for running for the AVMA presidency, what he hopes to achieve in that office, and why he thinks the profession’s best days lie ahead.


More than 10 percent of U.S. chickens raised to produce eggs were killed this spring by or because of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. As a result of the outbreak and resulting depopulation efforts, the H5N2 virus had affected more than 39 million chickens—at least 33 million of which were laying hens—and 7 million turkeys by June 9.


Compounding animal-use drugs from bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients will continue to be illegal but will be allowed under certain circumstances. In a draft guidance document published in May, the Food and Drug Administration stated that it will decide whether to enforce the prohibition against compounding of animal-use drugs from bulk drug substances on the basis of various factors, including who makes the drug, whether the drug is dispensed in response to a prescription, which species is receiving the drug, and how the compounded drug and active ingredients compare with FDA-approved drugs.


About 500 high school and undergraduate students and others with an interest in the veterinary profession—the highest number in five years—attended the Association of American Veterinary Medical College’s 2015 Veterinary Medical Career Fair, March 15 in Washington, D.C. The AVMA provides $5,000 in annual support of the career fair, and for the past three years, has sponsored a booth and identified a speaker.


In the May 1 article “After porcine epidemic diarrhea, preparing for other diseases,” Dr. Max T. Rodibaugh’s name was misspelled.