December 01, 2015
Veterinary medicine is fighting homelessness and preserving the human-animal bond through a collaborative program between the University of Wisconsin’s schools of veterinary medicine and social work. WisCARES—Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education, and Social Services—provides homeless pet owners with free veterinary care in addition to access to housing assistance and other vital social services.
The AVMA and many members have submitted comments emphasizing the importance of access to ketamine ahead of a review by a World Health Organization committee on the drug’s abuse liability and diversion.
Veterinarians and cattle owners indicated gradual changes in agriculture are improving cattle welfare, despite resistance to change among some colleagues. Practices and conditions affecting animals, public perceptions, and that reluctance to change were all subjects of lectures during the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference this past September.
More than 1,500 practices are now involved in the Cat Friendly Practice program from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. As of Oct. 15, the AAFP had designated 888 practices as cat-friendly, and another 639 practices were in the process of earning that designation. Along with the CFP program, the AAFP continues reaching out with continuing education and other resources to raise the bar in feline medicine.
William C. Campbell, PhD, was given half the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Satoshi Omura, PhD, for their work leading to the discovery of the avermectins. While he is not a veterinarian, Dr. Campbell has strong ties to the profession.