June 15, 2016

The Economics of Veterinary Medical Education Summit was held April 20-22 at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was co-hosted by the college, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the AVMA. Four groups of stakeholders attended the summit: veterinary students and recent graduates, representatives of veterinary medical colleges, employers of veterinarians, and individuals from governmental agencies and veterinary associations. Each group was asked to collaboratively develop conceptual solutions and define clear steps to reduce the burden of educational debt on students and new veterinarians.

AVMA

In April, AVMA Board of Directors chair Dr. John de Jong testified before a House subcommittee about the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, saying federally mandating prescription portability for pet medications is unnecessary, as veterinarians already provide prescriptions when requested by clients.

Issues

A parvovirus outbreak in private sled dog kennels prompted warnings to mushers and vaccination efforts in rural villages before the Iditarod in March. State officials have received no reports of further illnesses among dogs that participated in the race or live in villages along the race route, but one sled dog team dropped out prior to the race because of infections.

Practice

There was a 41.5 percent decrease in cases of heartworm infection in dogs between 2006 and 2015, down to 54.2 cases per 10,000 dogs tested, according to the State of Pet Health 2016 Report from Banfield Pet Hospital. Diabetes mellitus in dogs increased by 79.7 percent between 2006 and 2015, to 23.6 cases per 10,000 dogs. Prevalence in cats increased by 18.1 percent over the same time frame, to 67.6 cases per 10,000 cats.

Community

After winning the Democratic Party primary election for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, first-time candidate Dr. Angela Demaree will face Republican incumbent Susan Brooks this November.