July 15, 2016

The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment. The new AVMA website encompasses all fields of veterinary medicine and all species of animals and will extend beyond the United States to Canada and the United Kingdom.


Dr. Stacy Pritt of Rowlett, Texas, is the sole candidate for the AVMA vice presidency—a two-year position as the Association’s liaison to the Student AVMA and student chapters and a voting member of the AVMA Board of Directors. The AVMA House of Delegates is expected to elect Dr. Pritt by unanimous consent this August. Dr. Pritt explains her reasons for wanting to be vice president and what she hopes to accomplish during her term.


The One Health Commission, One Health Initiative team, and One Health Platform encourage individuals and groups worldwide to mark Nov. 3 by implementing one-health projects and hosting special events under the auspices of One Health Day. Projects should highlight the benefits of using transdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges involving animals, people, and planetary ecosystems.


The Equine Disease Communication Center works to protect horses and the horse industry in North America from the threat of infectious diseases by seeking and reporting real-time information about disease outbreaks and providing biosecurity and disease information. The center just launched an email notification service this spring.


The University of Arizona Marley Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program announced May 31 that it would postpone its plans to open its doors until fall 2017. It is still vying to be the 31st U.S. veterinary college to be recognized by the AVMA Council on Education but has yet to receive an official accreditation decision from the council.