Economics and a joint resolution with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards were among several key issues considered by the AVMA Executive Board during its Nov. 15-18, 2001 meeting. Board actions are reported in this issue.
Board members appropriated more than $200,000 to support a working group initiative by the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues. In addition, a series of recommendations concerning the AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act and the administration of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates program were considered.
Initiatives approved by the board totaled $571,369 from reserves, and an additional $128,700 will be added to the 2003 budget once it is created. The board voted to increase the contingency fund from $200,000 to $400,000 per year beginning in 2002.
Guidelines for the judicious use of antimicrobials to treat dogs were also adopted, as well as several new position statements, including one addressing animal restraint. A proposal for the AVMA to call on the Food and Drug Administration to implement import regulations consistent with domestic bans on certain drugs in U.S. food animals was passed. The Association will send letters to the two companies selling microchip equipment in the United States requesting that private practitioners be allowed to purchase universal microchip scanners.