News Express:

 
 
Hurricane Harvey dealt a blow to Texas, impacting small and large animals, urban and rural clinics. The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team provided care for hundreds of animals. Every practice along the coast was impacted in the sense that clients and patients were affected. Some practices had water or other damage, but most were up and running soon after the hurricane passed—many in alternative locations.

 October 01, 2017

Attendees at AVMA Convention 2017, held July 21-25 in Indianapolis, had some 800 continuing education sessions from leading industry experts to choose from, including a wide variety of hands-on laboratories. Popular CE sessions this year included presentations on honeybee health and husbandry as well as orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Social and special events allowed convention-goers to mingle and network.

Issues

In calls to a national poison control hotline, rodenticides were the most common known causes of poisonings among pets in 25 states during 2016. Bromethalin was the most common source of those poisonings in 17 states, and anticoagulants were the most common in eight, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Community

Veterinary students presented study results and heard inspiring addresses from accomplished researchers at the National Veterinary Scholars Research Symposium. The meeting in August at the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland provided presentations from researchers in human and veterinary medicine and awards honoring veterinarians and students.