August 01, 2016

Dr. Ron DeHaven intended on overseeing day-to-day operations as the AVMA’s chief executive officer for five years at most. Nine years later, he’s looking forward to finally retiring Aug. 12. In that time, Dr. DeHaven has guided the AVMA through periods of growth in both membership and influence. “It’s been a wonderful ride during some tumultuous times but has always been an absolute honor to serve the profession in this capacity,” he said.


The AVMA Board of Directors elected Dr. Arnold Goldman of Canton, Connecticut, as AVMA treasurer for 2017-2018. He will succeed Dr. Barbara Schmidt of Union, Kentucky, when she completes her sixth and final term as treasurer next year.


Faster, cheaper genome sequencing is helping public health researchers identify the risks of drug resistance and medical treatment failure. The sequences also may help federal investigators find outbreak sources, by geographic location and species, as well as guide vaccine and antimicrobial development. Dr. Patrick McDermott, director of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, said the use of benchtop sequencers to read full genomes of isolates is, for data collection, like drinking from a fire hose.


Pain or physical discomfort. Lyme disease. Environmental insecurity. Monotony. Aggression issues. Sleep terrors. These are among the possible causes contributing to sleep disorders in horses, said Dr. Joseph J. Bertone, professor of equine medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bertone presented “Sleep Disorders in Horses: A Review and Classification of 420 Cases” at the June forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


The Midwest and Southeast biannual summits on diversity were held this past spring at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine—co-hosted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine—and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, respectively. Organizers of the Midwest meeting say it is the first major conference to focus on disability and accessibility in veterinary medicine.