November 15, 2017

Communities have been banning or strictly regulating pit bull-type dogs and other “dangerous” breeds for the past three decades. Breed-specific laws are popular; more than 900 U.S. cities have passed ordinances in an attempt to reduce the most severe of the 4.5 million dog bites that occur annually in the United States. But, numerous organizations oppose breed-specific legislation citing, among other reasons, studies that don’t support the claim that dogs of certain specific breeds are genetically predisposed to bite more often than dogs of other breeds.


The market for veterinary labor continued to gain ground in 2016 and nationally is hitting on all cylinders, according to the 2017 AVMA Report on the Market for Veterinarians. But there are still considerable maldistribution problems that are creating variations in unemployment, underemployment, incomes, wellness, and other labor market indicators. These variations occur regionally, by state and within states, by gender and by practice type.


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. In early October, much remained unknown about the effects on people and animals, especially those in remote communities.


An antimicrobial used in cattle and sheep has killed at least 25 people and hurt thousands in 25 years. Food and Drug Administration officials issued a warning in September to veterinarians, livestock owners, and health care providers that tilmicosin is dangerous and has no antidote.


The University of Arizona’s planned Marley Foundation College of Veterinary Medicine has appointed Dr. David Besselsen as interim dean. The UA is once again seeking provisional accreditation from the AVMA Council on Education, which will conduct a site visit in spring 2019, one of Dr. Besselsen’s areas of focus.