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AVMA: Anti-vaccination movement a risk to pet health

Date: 2/17/2015
​The anti-vaccination movement not only threatens human health—as shown in the recent U.S. measles outbreak—but, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it could also have devastating effects for our pets if that ideology gains a foothold in veterinary...

AVMA thanks senators for introducing bill to put more veterinarians in shortage areas

Date: 2/11/2015
Washington, D.C.—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauded two U.S. senators for sponsoring important legislation that will help ensure all of America’s rural communities get access to the veterinary care they desperately need.  Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow...

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of serious disease

Date: 2/4/2015
​Does your sweet pet have sour breath? That odor coming from your pet’s mouth could be more than a nuisance; it could signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. To address the importance of oral health care for...

AVMA launches 2015 Economic Report series

Date: 1/20/2015
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Jan. 20, 2015 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today launched its 2015 Economic Report subscription series, bringing some of the most current and vitally important veterinary economics information to its members and the general public. The first...

AVMA Board actions help set the stage for creating a ‘new’ association

Date: 1/14/2015
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 14, 2015 – The American Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors voted Friday to approve the association’s strategy management plan, helping usher in an extensive re-shaping of the association so that it can better meet its members’ needs, now and into the...

Virginia veterinarian honored for enhancing human-animal bond

Date: 1/13/2015
​Dr. Bess Pierce has devoted her career as a veterinarian to enhancing the role of the human-animal bond, particularly involving working animals such as military dogs, police dogs, and service animals. In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Pierce received the 2015 Bustad Companion Animal...

Study may give hope to pets with out-of-date rabies vaccine that are exposed to virus

Date: 1/6/2015
​SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (Jan. 6, 2015) – A tragic decision was forced on a loving dog owner when her pet was bitten by a rabid skunk. Because the dog was only days overdue for its rabies booster vaccine, the owner, according to published news stories, was forced to choose between a lengthy period of...

Santa’s veterinarian gives reindeer green light for Christmas flight

Date: 12/12/2014
​Santa’s veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve. Dr. René Carlson, president of the World Veterinary Association and former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the...

Want to reduce dog bites? Don’t focus on the breed

Date: 12/8/2014
​Across the country, some communities have attempted to reduce the incidence of dog bites by enacting breed-specific legislation that bans the ownership of certain types of dogs. Most recently, residents of Aurora, Colo., voted in November to uphold their nine-year ban on pit bull type dogs in the...

Guidance issued to help states handle Ebola exposure in pets

Date: 11/12/2014
Photo: U.S. DoD, Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall, Jr. ​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)--Following weeks of collaborating with public health agencies and experts from around the country, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has issued guidance for health officials handling the pets of...

Lenhart joins American Veterinary Medical Association as chief marketing officer

Date: 11/5/2014
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) November 5, 2014 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce that Mark Lenhart has been named its chief marketing officer. Lenhart, a seasoned professional with more than a decade of marketing and communications experience, is responsible for...

AVMA Economic Summit details improvements in veterinary employment

Date: 10/28/2014
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Oct. 28, 2014 – A continuation of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 U.S. Veterinary Workforce Study shows that many aspects of the veterinary employment picture are improving. The preliminary information was released today at the AVMA’s Annual Economic...

Arthritis in pets: A painful but manageable condition

Date: 10/21/2014
​It’s normal for our dogs and cats to slow down a bit as they age. But when they begin having difficulty walking or even lowering their heads to eat, they may be exhibiting signs of arthritis, a disease that can be debilitating—but one that can also be managed. In the latest video from the...

Ebola and pets: "It’s time to be cautious, but no time for panic”

Date: 10/17/2014
Photo: CDC / Cynthia Goldsmith ​Can pets get sick from Ebola? Can they pass the virus to us? What should happen to the pets of infected people? These questions came to the forefront this week when concerns were raised about what to do with the dog of an Ebola-infected nurse in Texas. While the...

AVMA leaders elected to World Veterinary Association Council

Date: 10/9/2014
Carlson elected president; Vogel re-elected as councilor (SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Oct. 9, 2014 – Dr. René Carlson, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has been elected president of the World Veterinary Association (WVA). Welcoming Carlson to the WVA Council is...