September 15, 2015

The drought in California, now in its fourth year, is hurting dairies already weakened by volatile milk prices. Veterinarians indicated clients have gone out of business, and a local farm bureau executive estimated the state has lost hundreds of dairies over the past decade.

AVMA

A group of recent graduates is providing resources on topics such as stress, finances, and work-life balance in an effort to reduce rates of depression and suicide in veterinary medicine. The AVMA Future Leaders 2014-2015 class put together a package including a self-assessment tool, podcasts, videos, and recommendations for additional resources.

Issues

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has created an initiative called Prescription for Racing Reform, whose central component is to identify non–race day treatment alternatives for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. It also aims to ban the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses in training and withdraw nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 48 hours before racing.

Practice

In August, Partners for Healthy Pets announced a new endeavor: a program of targeted emails to help practices reconnect with past-due patients. In July at the AVMA Annual Convention, the organization offered a half-day symposium on preventive care. Earlier in the year, PHP and other organizations introduced other resources to promote preventive care, including a Facebook page from PHP with shareable posts.

Community

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki awarded Dr. Charles E. Short with an honorary degree for his contributions in the fields of veterinary anesthesiology and pain management.