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National Check the Chip Day is Aug. 15

Check the Chip Day logoThe AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association team up each year to co-sponsor national Check the Chip Day on Aug. 15, to remind pet owners about having their pets microchipped and keeping their registration information up to date.

To help veterinarians promote the event, the AVMA and AAHA developed resources with support from microchip manufacturer HomeAgain.

One resource is a flyer that a veterinarian can print and fill in to provide a record of a pet's microchip information for the client. The flyer also lists the websites of microchip manufacturers that participate in the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. The tool helps pet owners who do not know where a pet's microchip is registered.

Another resource is an infographic on microchipping, for embedding on blogs or other websites or for sharing via social media. According to the infographic, "Microchips don't replace a tag and collar, but they can make all the difference when it comes to getting your pet back."

Members of the AVMA also have access to a toolkit for Check the Chip Day. The toolkit offers resources on stress-free ways to observe the event, posts and images for social media, a newsletter article, a sample proclamation for a mayor or governor, and a sample press release.

Scammers target DEA registrants

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an alert in June regarding registrants receiving telephone calls and emails from individuals posing as DEA agents or other law enforcement personnel.

To create the illusion that they are DEA employees, people have masked their telephone number on caller ID with a phone number for a legitimate DEA office, according to the agency. For example, they have used the phone numbers for the DEA Office of Congressional and Public Affairs and the DEA's 800 number, which is used to provide direct support to DEA registrants.

Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law.

The DEA is reminding registrants that no DEA agent will contact members of the public by phone to demand money or any other form of payment or threaten to suspend a registrant's DEA registration.

Anyone contacted by a person purporting to work for the DEA and seeking money or making threats is encouraged to submit information about the call at jav.ma/DEAscam.

Banfield selects new chief medical officer

Dr. McAllister
Dr. Molly McAllister

Banfield Pet Hospital's vice president of veterinary science has been promoted to chief medical officer for the network of more than 1,000 clinics.

Dr. Molly McAllister replaces Dr. Daniel Aja, who will take on a newly created role of chief veterinary relations and transformation officer, focusing on "advancing the veterinary profession in partnership with industry organizations and academia," according to the company.

Dr. McAllister has most recently led Banfield's veterinary science team and put into effect its use of medical records data to inform research and publications, on topics ranging from anesthesia safety to antimicrobial resistance to obesity.

She started at Banfield in 2012 as senior program manager for medical learning and later served as senior manager of research programs and then as director of research. Prior to then, she worked as a scientific services veterinarian at Royal Canin.

Dr. McAllister earned her veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2004 and a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota in 2016.

She also served as the chair of the AVMA Convention Education Program Committee for two years.

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