May 01, 2016

The American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives sent a survey to its member organizations this past year to gauge what mental health and addiction treatment options they offer. Of the 66 organizational members, 36 responded to the survey, and of those, 21 said they were active in addressing wellness issues. One association executive says, however, a lot of these options are underutilized because of a fear of nonconfidentiality as well as a lack of awareness.

AVMA

The AVMA is seeking one practice owner or senior associate and one practice manager from each of 50 clinics to participate in a new program dedicated to driving practice profitability. The pilot group will complete continuing education on practice profitability in August at the AVMA Annual Convention in San Antonio and then will receive ongoing guidance for up to 12 months.

Issues

Veterinarians in swine medicine will need to adjust to restrictions taking effect in December on availability and oversight of antimicrobials administered to livestock. A series of lecturers described a need to consider alternatives to antimicrobials as well as the potential to refine and reduce remaining uses of the drugs, during a meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Practice

Before adopters take home a new pet from the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, an adoption counselor asks them to choose from a list of private practitioners to visit for a free examination. The effort in Delaware is part of Catalyst Connection, a program to connect pet adopters with private practitioners. The CATalyst Council has piloted the program in Portland, Oregon, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as Wilmington and is bringing aspects of the program to Douglas County in Colorado.

Community

As with veterinary medicine, Dr. Jim Murphy approached a new venture in his life, chronicling the early days of one of America’s enduring bands, as both an art and a science. The lifelong fan wrote “Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963” because other books gave conflicting facts and short shrift to the band’s early days. He also created a companion website.

Correction

The article “AVMA giving help on veterinary feed directives” in the March 15, 2016, issue, page 586, misstated how livestock-use antimicrobials in drug classes considered by the Food and Drug Administration to be important for human medicine will be available starting in December 2016. Such antimicrobials administered in water will be available only by prescription, and those administered in feed will be available only by veterinary feed directive.