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Veterinary leaders in Puerto Rico described devastation, short supplies, and communication gaps following Hurricane Maria. The hurricane had sustained wind speeds of 155 mph at landfall Sept. 20, and torrential rain caused flash flooding and mudslides. By early October, much remained unknown about the effects on people and animals, especially those in remote communities.

 November 01, 2017

Historically, unions have not had a meaningful presence in veterinary medicine because of the preponderance of independent practices. But now, with the veterinary profession seeing increasing consolidation among practices, that could change. A group of organizers based in the Pacific Northwest have been preparing to create a union among veterinary staff nationwide.

AVMA

The AVMA is seeking volunteers to make a difference for the profession by serving as a leader of the Association or in a council, committee, trust, or liaison position. Dr. Sandy Willis has found volunteering for the AVMA to be a personally rewarding experience. She said: “I feel I make a difference for my colleagues and the animals we serve. As an AVMA volunteer, I help ensure that our profession thrives in a changing environment for generations of veterinarians to come.”

Issues

Researchers in South Australia and New Zealand believe there are five distinct personality types among domestic cats. Understanding cat personality may lead to individually tailored management strategies that improve the pet’s health and welfare.

Practice

The American Animal Hospital Association announced Sept. 5 that it has released new guidelines on canine vaccination. The 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines were developed to support veterinary teams in determining vaccination protocols for individual patients on the basis of risk factors, life stage, and lifestyle. They offer updates to the 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines to help practicing veterinarians meet patient and client needs in a complex environment of infectious diseases.

Community

Society for Theriogenology annual conference, Aug. 2-5 in Fort Collins, Colorado