May 01, 2017

Homeopathy is, depending on whom you ask, a gentler and more natural alternative to traditional medicine or an unproven and useless modality, at best. Last November, the Federal Trade Commission declared that homeopathic products cannot include claims of efficacy without “competent and reliable scientific evidence.” The Food and Drug Administration appears poised to issue new regulations for homeopathic drugs later this year. The agency currently does not evaluate the remedies for safety or efficacy. Homeopathy’s place in veterinary medicine remains the subject of much debate.

AVMA

AVMA Board of Directors Chair Mark Helfat demystifies AVMA policy, explaining ways members can shape it and why AVMA policies are good for veterinarians as well as the animals they treat.

Issues

Early March wildfires killed thousands of cattle and pigs in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The fires burned more than 2,000 square miles of the Plains during calving season, devastating ranches.

Practice

Federal controls over antimicrobial access and use increased at the end of 2016, requiring veterinarian oversight of hundreds of drug applications. Swine veterinarians said at a late February meeting in Denver that the change has required some adjustments in practices, but several veterinarians reached during and after the meeting indicated the changes have had no noticeable effects on pig health, so far.

Community

Five swine veterinarians received awards for contributions to the swine industry and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.