December 01, 2017

There are more than 10,000 cases per year of osteosarcoma in dogs in the United States; some would say 100,000. The disease is the most common primary bone cancer in dogs, locally aggressive and highly metastatic, and significantly more common among the largest dogs. Dog owners, practicing veterinarians, and researchers across the country have taken on the treatment of individual dogs with an eye toward improving what is a generally poor prognosis.


The AVMA welcomed two new staff members in October: Scott MacKenzie is division director of Membership and Field Services, and Dr. Mia Cary is chief of professional development and strategic alliances. MacKenzie is responsible for directing the overall planning, coordination, and supervision of the M&FS Division, along with maintaining and developing Association policies and programs for membership. In a newly created position, Dr. Cary is overseeing continuing education and leadership initiatives for the AVMA as well as corporate sponsorship and strategic alliances with key organizations.


Sylvatic plague, a bacterial disease caused by Yersinia pestis, affects numerous wild and domestic animal species as well as humans. A new oral vaccine bait can help protect prairie dogs against the plague and possibly assist in the recovery of black-footed ferrets, a prairie dog–dependent species and one of the most endangered mammals in North America.


The World Small Animal Veterinary Association held a panel discussion on brachycephalic dogs during the WSAVA Congress, Sept. 25-28 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also during the congress, the association released its Global Dental Guidelines for small animals. Ahead of the congress, the WSAVA released a position statement strongly expressing opposition to trade in dog and cat meat.
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