December 15, 2015

The U.S. veterinary profession continues to see economic growth along with the rest of the economy. The positive news was delivered at the AVMA Economic Summit this October when Association and independent economists described a profession whose economic health is improving and for which job satisfaction is generally unrelated to income.


The American Veterinary Medical Foundation held its annual Our Oath in Action program to provide members of the veterinary profession the opportunity to give back to their communities outside the walls of the veterinary hospital.


Dr. Tracy Wales described overwhelming support from friends and strangers who helped her reopen her clinic destroyed in early-October floods in South Carolina connected with Hurricane Joaquin. And Dr. Boyd H. Parr said government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities have helped save animals from floodwater and starvation following the destruction. Areas around Columbia, South Carolina, received more than 20 inches of rainfall in two days.


Federal animal disease authorities will expect farms to meet certain disease control criteria, verified by certification and audits. Dr. T.J. Myers, associate deputy administrator for Veterinary Services in the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said that owners of farms affected by outbreaks, such as the 2015 outbreak with highly pathogenic avian influenza, also will need to certify they are taking steps to prevent similar incursions.


The North American Veterinary Community has established the Veterinary Innovation Council, an association that will focus on initiatives such as enhancing the value of veterinary technicians and telemedicine standards. The NAVC also launched its Industry Services Division to offer association management, strategic planning, and conference management.