January 01, 2017

There’s good news: Revenues are growing at many veterinary practices. There's mixed news: The AVMA Veterinary Career Center now has more jobs than applicants, which is good news for applicants, but bad news for employers. And then there’s bad news: Practices still need to do better at expense management, and many animal owners remain unable to afford veterinary care. These are some of the takeaways from the fourth annual AVMA Economic Summit, held Oct. 24-25, 2016, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

AVMA

This January, the AVMA House of Delegates will consider adopting an animal welfare policy stating the AVMA’s opposition to the breeding of companion animals with heritable traits that negatively impact the animal’s health and well-being.

Practice

The American Animal Hospital Association and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care have released guidelines on end-of-life care for pets. The guidelines provide practice teams with the framework and tools to develop a comprehensive, collaborative end-of-life plan and better recognize the needs of patients, clients, and team members during this difficult time.

Community

Drs. Kurt Schrader, Ted Yoho, and Ralph Abraham were re-elected to the House of Representatives by safe margins this past November.