December 15, 2017

Feline infectious peritonitis is a heartbreaking disease. It usually strikes kittens and is almost always fatal. It is a leading cause of death in young cats and is most common in indoor, multicat environments such as shelters and catteries. Dr. Niels C. Pedersen spoke at the recent conference of the American Association of Feline Practitioners on risk factors and new antiviral drugs for FIP. He said, “We’ve opened the door and shown that we can successfully cure a large percentage of these cats.”

AVMA

Nearly a fifth of veterinarians reported wanting to cut back on the hours they currently work, according to the 2017 AVMA Report on The Market for Veterinarians. The report, which drew from responses to the AVMA 2016 Census Survey, found that last year, veterinarians who wanted to work fewer hours for less pay outnumbered those who wanted to extend their workweek for more pay.

Issues

The first nationwide assessment of emergency response capabilities for animals found most states and around half of high-population cities and counties had an animal response team, but few small counties had such an organization, including in regions prone to natural disasters.

Practice

Cats do a lot of great stuff but also not-so-great stuff, which is confusing and frustrating for owners. Therefore, veterinarians need to help owners understand normal and abnormal feline behavior. That’s according to Dr. Kersti Seksel, a veterinary behaviorist who spoke at the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ 2017 conference. She gave a talk on how to offer kitten kindergarten classes and delivered presentations about feline development, problem intervention, and socialization.

Community

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, PhD, named Dr. Cyril R. Clarke to be interim executive vice president and provost, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Clarke served as dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech since 2013.