November 15, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration doesn't have the authority to stop a Florida pharmacy from using bulk pharmaceutical ingredients to compound veterinary drugs, according to a U.S. District Court judge ruling. The agency had asserted that Franck's Compounding Lab of Ocala, Fla., was producing unapproved animal drugs under the guise of compounding. The judge indicated the FDA can distinguish manufacturing from compounding, but it does not have authority over traditional veterinary pharmaceutical compounding.

AVMA

The AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia are recognized by government regulators and the animal care and use community as the gold standard for acceptable procedures and agents for euthanizing a broad spectrum of animal species. Approximately three times the length of the previous report, this latest edition covers both vertebrate and invertebrate species and features a flowchart to aid veterinarians in making ethical decisions regarding euthanasia.

Issues

Hundreds of pets, livestock, and wild animals were recovered and treated for injuries caused by wildfires near Austin, Texas. A veterinary team from Texas A&M University treated about 150 injured animals and provided preventive care for search-and-rescue dogs. Local veterinarians and animal shelter workers cared for many other animals removed from areas scorched by the fires.

Practice

The CATalyst Council, in its mission to champion the cat, has been helping make over veterinary clinics as cat-friendly practices and is seeking to bolster relations between private practitioners and animal shelters. A coalition of veterinary organizations, shelter organizations, and other stakeholders formed CATalyst in 2008 to elevate feline health and welfare. The council continues spreading the word that pet cats have fewer veterinary visits than pet dogs in the United States, even though pet cats are more numerous.

Community

Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to encourage collaborative research, teaching, and student opportunities between the two entities. Several Cummings students already have worked on IFAW-sponsored projects and four students from Tufts' Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy program have completed externships with IFAW.