January 15, 2017

A third of all households with dogs use supplements, as do about a fifth of households with cats. How often pet owners consult veterinarians about supplements is another matter. Then there are the questions about the evidence for the efficacy of supplements in pets and regulation of the market for animal supplements.

AVMA

The AVMA hopes to meet with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to collaboratively discuss issues of concern related to pharmaceuticals used in veterinary medicine. To start a dialogue, the AVMA Board of Directors approved funding during its meeting Nov. 17-19, 2016, at Association headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. Also during the Board’s meeting this past fall, members sent a policy on responsible pet breeding and other proposed policies to the AVMA House of Delegates for consideration at its regular winter session in January. Plus, revisions to the American Board of Veterinary Specialties composition and charge aim to increase transparency and collaboration in the specialty recognition process.

Issues

More than 130 endangered deer, two dogs, two cats, a pig, and a raccoon so far have been killed by New World screwworms resurgent in the Florida Keys. More than 45 million sterile flies had been released in an eradication campaign by early December 2016.

Practice

The American Association of Feline Practitioners is trying to make the world a friendlier and healthier place for cats. The AAFP now has designated more than 1,000 practices as cat-friendly through its Cat Friendly Practice program. At press time, the association was about to launch an educational website for cat owners. The annual conference offered a track on shelter medicine for the first time.

Community

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ fourth annual Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit focused on a challenging question: How can mental health and well-being be improved within the veterinary profession? From Nov. 4-6, 2016, at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the 270 attendees pondered that question and considered a number of potential solutions, including peer support groups and other practical tips for veterinarians to implement back at the office and at home.