July 01, 2016

It remains confusing and even controversial whether antibody titers are a good measure of immunity when making decisions about revaccinating cats and dogs. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, antibody testing is useful for monitoring immunity to certain viruses in dogs. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends defined revaccination intervals for cats. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association favors antibody testing for determining duration of immunity for core vaccines in dogs. The AVMA “Vaccination Principles” sound a cautionary note.

AVMA

Drs. Jan K. Strother and Michael J. Topper describe the challenges and opportunities facing the veterinary profession and explain why the AVMA House of Delegates should elect her or him 2016-2017 AVMA president-elect this August.

Issues

The Department of Labor published its final rule updating overtime regulations May 18. The new rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, affects salaried “executive, administrative, and professional” workers who, under the old regulations, could be exempt from overtime pay if they made as little as $23,660 a year. The new threshold will be increased to $47,476.

Practice

In human medicine, generic drugs accounted for 88 percent of prescriptions dispensed in the United States as of 2014. Currently, generic animal drugs account for only a small percentage of the drugs that the Food and Drug Administration has approved for cats and dogs. For the most part, veterinarians rely on costlier brand-name animal drugs and on extralabel use of brand-name and generic human drugs to treat cats and dogs. But the number of generic animal drugs is slowly on the rise.

Community

Dr. Lorin D. Warnick became the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine on May 6 after serving as interim dean since August 2015.