July 01, 2011

Global animal health authorities are celebrating the worldwide eradication of the "cattle plague." Rinderpest was responsible for the deaths of millions of cattle, famines, civil unrest, and the founding of numerous veterinary schools and organizations. It is the second disease, after smallpox, to be wiped out by human efforts.


The AVMA House of Delegates would approve all changes to the Veterinarian's Oath and would have more authority over the establishment of other AVMA policies if the HOD passes certain proposed amendments to the AVMA Bylaws. The Executive Board now establishes AVMA policy between the twice-yearly meetings of the HOD. The HOD will deliberate on 11 proposed bylaws amendments during its regular annual session in July.


The International Fund for Animal Welfare convened an expert panel in Tokyo this May with the goal of developing protocols to safely monitor, evacuate, and treat animals contaminated by radiation near the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Two days after the panel presented its recommendations to the Japanese government, pet owners were allowed back into the evacuation zone.


The American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine are recommending simple strategies for making cat visits to the veterinary clinic a less stressful affair—for patients, owners, and the entire veterinary team.


Dr. James A. Wight wrote about caring for "All Creatures Great and Small" in rural England under the pen name of Dr. James Herriot. His books entertained millions, and yet others have written that he identified more with being a veterinarian than with being an author. Dr. Wight's works inspired some to join the profession, reinforced the conviction of others to join, and led veterinary associations to honor him for his contributions.