April 15, 2017

With the world’s population projected to grow by one-third to more than 9 billion people by 2050, global food production must increase as much as 70 percent to meet demand. This past February, the AVMA convened the Global Food Security Summit in Washington, D.C., to identify strategies for the Association to strengthen food security by promoting veterinary medicine and greater reliance on animal-source foods. In attendance were representatives from humanitarian and intergovernmental organizations involved in food development programs across the globe, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Heifer International, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Veterinarians Without Borders.


The AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties is seeking comment from the public and the profession regarding a petition for recognition of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine as a new recognized veterinary specialty organization. Comments must be received no later than Sept. 1, 2017.


China is enduring its fifth epidemic in four years of an avian influenza strain that has killed hundreds of people, according to the World Health Organization. Recent isolates of the virus, found in humans and environmental samples, have genetic sequences characteristic of influenza viruses with high pathogenicity in birds. While viruses with those changes could cause severe disease in birds, WHO officials reported in March that they had no evidence the changes affect pathogenicity or transmissibility in humans.


Among the topics of companion animal research released during the North American Veterinary Community Conference, Feb. 4-8 in Orlando, Florida, were antimicrobial resistance, osteosarcoma prevalence, veterinary pricing trends, shelter population estimates, and the benefits of service dogs. The North American Veterinary Community, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of education, publications, and other services, also announced that it has renamed its flagship event as the Veterinary Meeting & Expo starting in 2018.


Dr. Lisa K. Nolan has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, effective July 1. Since 2011, she has been dean of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.