October 15, 2017

Dogs in Flint, Michigan, had high blood lead concentrations following the discovery of lead contamination in the city’s water supply. But the researchers who found those concentrations warn that lead contamination likely is a problem elsewhere as well. In the absence of surveillance for lead exposure in pets, the number or percentage of pets with exposure or toxicosis is unknown. Exposure in children and lead in homes may indicate that toxicosis is a risk for pets.

AVMA

Forty-five allied and other veterinary-related organizations and 28 alumni groups from colleges and schools of veterinary medicine convened this July at AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis. These groups engaged in a wide variety of activities during the convention, including lectures, certification examinations, business meetings, workshops, and social gatherings.

Issues

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—many in alternative locations.

Community

Veterinary technicians do a lot of hard work behind the scenes, so this year’s National Veterinary Technician Week seeks to promote all of the important tasks they do to preserve animal health and welfare. Happening Oct. 15-21, the annual event’s theme this year is “Advancing Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Technology.”