April 15, 2016

A simulation model used in a recent study provides insights into the value of administering a temporary, nonsurgical contraceptive to achieve population control among free-roaming cats. Though no temporary contraceptive is yet available, some see promise in a new formulation of the vaccine GonaCon that is undergoing research. The latest behavioral research aimed at helping homeless dogs and cats was presented at the National Council on Pet Population research symposium.


Humane societies argue that limiting who can receive veterinary services from nonprofits risks hurting pets of families unable to pay and that income from those able to pay helps subsidize care for those who cannot. VMA leaders argue that the tax benefits enjoyed by the nonprofits, as well as government funding for some organizations’ sterilization services, provide an unfair competitive advantage over private practices, especially when the nonprofits provide similar services at similar prices for middle- and upper-income clients.


The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is starting a “veterinary nurse initiative” this year that would rename veterinary technicians as veterinary nurses. The initiative includes trying to establish a national standard for credentialing. Doing so, the association says, will unify the profession, grow professional recognition, and help clients better understand veterinary technicians' role in patient care.