January 15, 2016

Many cat and dog owners have been embracing preventive dental care for their pets in recent years, including home care and professional cleanings. But there is a long list of barriers still to overcome, including the perception that preventive care is unnecessary, the difficulty of home care, the cost of professional care, and an abiding fear of anesthesia. The AVMA and other veterinary organizations celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month each February.


The AVMA Board of Directors in November 2015 voted to provide management services for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, evaluate the future of the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team program, and commit $300,000 to the ALL for Students (Achieving, Leading, and Learning) program.


Dogs infected with the H3N2 canine influenza virus may need to be isolated for at least three weeks to prevent spread to naive dogs. Dr. Sandra Newbury, director of the shelter medicine program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, recommends at least 21 days of quarantine for dogs infected with the virus. She has seen dogs shed the virus up to 20 days after their first positive test results.


In October 2015, the Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Erik H. Torring III as the 26th chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. The newly promoted brigadier general is also assuming the position of deputy commanding general for the Army Regional Health Command-Atlantic (Provisional) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

  The article “AVMA panel to scrutinize telemedicine” in the Nov. 1, 2015, issue of JAVMA News, should have included Illinois as a state that prohibits establishment of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship solely through electronic or telephonic means.