March 01, 2012

While 79 percent of veterinary professionals agree that there has been an industry-wide decline in pet veterinary visits, 77 percent believe that they can have a positive impact on pet owners' perceptions of preventive care. The Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare is developing a new program, The Opportunity, to help veterinary practices increase the number of canine and feline visits for regular preventive care. The basis of the program is a survey tool for individual practices to obtain client and staff feedback about preventive care to reveal areas for action.

AVMA

In early January, the AVMA hosted its annual Veterinary Leadership Conference concurrently with the regular winter session of the House of Delegates in Chicago. Association leaders updated delegates and attendees about the most recent version of the AVMA's multiyear strategy for improving animal and human health and advancing the veterinary profession.

Issues

Findings from the 2012 AAVMC Advocacy Survey were presented during a closed-door economic meeting by AVMA and veterinary college officials this January in Orlando, Fla. Results of the AAVMC survey show an 84 percent increase in median out-of-state veterinary tuition during the past 10 years. In total, tuition revenue at the 28 veterinary institutions in the U.S. has more than doubled in that time.

Practice

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has launched the Cat Friendly Practice Program to help veterinary practices become more accommodating of the distinct needs of cats. The primary program materials are educational resources, including "A Guide to Creating a Cat Friendly Practice" and a practice assessment checklist. Participating practices may earn AAFP certification as a cat-friendly practice at the silver or gold level.

Community

The 92nd annual meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, held in December 2011, was dedicated to Dr. Donald G. Simmons, considered a founding father of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.