August 01, 2017

Individual subscribers to JAVMA can now access current issues through a mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. The app presents the Journal in two formats and has a host of features, including pinch-to-zoom functionality, note taking, and bookmarking of pages. It officially will launch during AVMA Convention 2017, July 21-25.

AVMA

The AVMA Council on Education approved revisions to six of its 11 Standards of Accreditation during its spring meeting, with most of the revisions related to incorporating wording about diversity and inclusion. The COE says its intent is to encourage veterinary colleges to have appropriate policies, processes, and practices in place that promote the recruitment and retention of a diverse academic community.

Issues

California could be the first state to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats, along with rabbits, following in the footsteps of cities across the country that have banned the retail sale of dogs and cats while allowing pet stores to offer them from shelters for adoption.

Practice

A recent conference charted a one-health approach to addressing obesity in pets and people, and a consensus statement reflecting the key outcomes and recommendations from the meeting appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Comparative Pathology. The One Health Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hosted “Preventing Obesity in People and their Pets: A One Health Approach” on Nov. 10-11, 2016, in Atlanta.

Community

For the past three years, Dr. René Carlson has been president of the World Veterinary Association, the internationally recognized voice of global veterinary medicine and arguably one of the least understood veterinary organizations among U.S. veterinarians. Headquartered in Brussels, the WVA promotes veterinary medicine globally by working with various international entities such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization. “(W)e need to belong because the WVA needs representatives from strong associations like AVMA to lead,” said Dr. Carlson, whose term as WVA president ends this August.