October 15, 2016

Over the years, veterinary medicine has paid little attention to honeybees, the only insect listed as a food-producing animal. That will change at the first of the year when the new Veterinary Feed Directive takes effect. As part of an FDA strategy to ensure judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, the agency will start requiring veterinary oversight of these drugs in livestock, which includes honeybees.

AVMA

NASA veterinarian Dr. Richard M. Linnehan sees opportunities for veterinarians in space exploration and colonization. In a presentation at AVMA Convention 2016, he described a need to mitigate adverse health effects of space travel, including bone density loss, vision changes, muscle loss, neurocognitive deficits, and increased risk of diseases such as blood cancers as well as the need for biologists and medical professionals for this field of work.

Issues

Flooding in and near Baton Rouge displaced thousands of animals and destroyed veterinary clinics when a slow-moving storm hit southern Louisiana, killing at least 13 people and paralyzing the region. About 80 animals were treated for related injuries by late August at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s teaching hospital alone.

Practice

Low pay, and compassion fatigue and burnout, as well as lack of recognition and career advancement remain ongoing concerns in the veterinary technology profession. That’s according to results from the 2016 National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America survey. NAVTA’s president says these issues are the result of problems with team retention, lack of career growth within veterinary practices, and hospitals generally being undermanaged.

Community

The AVMA Council on Education has voted to deny a letter of reasonable assurance for the University of Arizona’s proposed School of Veterinary Medicine, saying that the school did not meet five of the accrediting body’s 11 standards. UA officials have notified the council of their intent to appeal the decision, asking that a letter be awarded on the basis of information the university already provided.

Corrections

The article “Topper and Pritt elected, de Jong runs for president” in the October 1, 2016 issue of JAVMA News omitted two states from District I.