The AVMA is taking heat for supporting federal mandates on U.S. egg producers that would entail switching to environmentally enriched hen housing systems over the next several years. AVMA Executive Board members endorsed the federal proposal because of the anticipated benefits to egg-laying hens. But the vote has made political adversaries of some AVMA allies, who consider the bill an unprecedented expansion of government control of on-farm welfare practices.
The Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases misidentified the winner of an NC-1041 Enteric Diseases (North Central Committee for Research on Enteric Diseases of Swine and Cattle) student award. The incorrect name ran in "CRWAD dedicated to Simmons," published in the March 1, 2012, JAVMA News. Hyeun Bum Kim of the University of Minnesota took top prize in the award's oral category.