September 01, 2016

The Asian elephants that performed in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses gave their last performances May 1. They have since retired to a 200-acre home in Florida, where some are in a breeding program intended to bolster zoo populations. The elephants also are taking part in research intended to aid captive and wild populations.


The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, at its April 21-24 meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, withdrew the accreditation of six programs on the basis of voluntary closure; all were located at for-profit institutions. The closures give a glimpse into the problem with declining enrollment that some for-profit companies are facing, partly as a result of the challenging federal regulatory environment.


The American Animal Hospital Association has released its first oncology guidelines for dogs and cats. “All companion animal practices will be presented with oncology cases on a regular basis, making diagnosis and treatment of cancer an essential part of comprehensive primary care,” according to the abstract.


Dr. Cindy L. Campbell-Eason was beaten to death inside her Burlington, Colorado, home. Her 19-year-old stepson Dylan Eason is one of two men charged with her murder. Dr. Eason’s husband believes drugs were a factor.