June 01, 2016

On June 3, the Army Veterinary Corps will celebrate its centennial. Established in 1916, the corps has evolved from its days as “mechanics” for a horse-powered Army to working in the areas of food safety and security, animal care, veterinary public health, and research and development. Veterinary Corps personnel are stationed throughout the world, supporting U.S. military men and women wherever veterinary services are needed.


The AVMA will fund surveys, a graduate veterinary economics program, and creation of a system to analyze government actions and predict conditions in veterinary markets. The Association plans to spend about $1.3 million in research through 2017 as well as about $200,000 yearly starting this fall to sponsor the master’s degree program.


Food and Drug Administration officials are working to rescind approval of a swine-use drug that may leave carcinogenic residues in pork. On April 8, agency officials gave Phibro Animal Health 30 days to request a hearing through which the company could contest the proposal to withdraw carbadox, an antimicrobial. Richard Johnson, chief financial officer for Phibro, said his company will request the hearing.


Smaller practices and AAHA-accredited practices have stronger scores on practice culture in a number of areas, while stronger cultural scores in certain areas are associated with higher production per full-time-equivalent veterinarian. Those are among the findings of a culture survey from the American Animal Hospital Association. The association released the results as part of the AAHA 2016 State of the Industry report during its yearly conference, March 31 through April 3 in Austin, Texas. The conference drew 4,490 attendees.


Thousands of veterinary professionals descended on Las Vegas for the WVC Dr. Randall G. Ezell 88th Annual Conference, held March 6-10. Attendees could earn up to 58 continuing education hours in six topic areas: small animal, equine, veterinary technology, practice management, food animal, and avian and exotics. Conference highlights included an exhibit hall featuring more than 500 veterinary companies, new 20-minute sessions of credited CE, a vintage Vegas–themed networking event, a new app, mealtime seminars, workshops, and hands-on labs.