The Equine Welfare Data Collective has released its first report after gathering data nationally on at-risk and transitioning equines.
One key takeaway from the analysis was that surveyed organizations with custody of these horses vary greatly in size, policies, programs, and intake methods, said Emily Stearns, program manager of EWDC.
"One uniting factor was that a significant number—over 30% of respondents—are relying on paper record-keeping methods," Stearns said. "Transitioning to animal sheltering–specific software or some other software system could potentially help these organizations assess the success of their programs and, ultimately, assist more equines."
The project plans to publish a report every six months and will continue to explore and identify key points as members of participating agencies analyze data from respondents. The EWDC is considering how to gather information on the length of stay and other equine-related demographics such as sex and age. The organization, created by the United Horse Coalition, a program of the American Horse Council, is also continuously working to increase its sample size and expand its survey questions.
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners, with a grant of more than $230,000 from the Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, continues to offer workshops on practice management targeting veterinarians in food animal practice who have graduated within the past 10 years.
Three-day workshops will be held in spring 2020, and participants will meet again in spring 2021. There is no fee to attend the workshops, held in St. Louis, and participants will receive a $900 stipend each year to offset travel and lodging expenses. Attendees will learn about tools for managing practice finances, how to evaluate the economic impact of new services, how to value a practice, and tools for managing human resources.
Enrollment is limited, and interested individuals must fill out an application. The online application is available until Dec. 15.
AVMF donates $10,000 to support Hurricane Dorian recovery
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has donated $10,000 to support the recovery from Hurricane Dorian.
The AVMF board of directors approved the donation to GreaterGood.org, a national nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. GreaterGood.org has worked with partners on the ground to deliver emergency supplies, transport, and medical care to animals and humans in the Bahamas affected by Dorian.
The AVMF has supported a number of storm relief efforts recently, donating $10,000 to the Nebraska VMA after major flooding in March, $20,000 to the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Foundation after Hurricane Michael in 2018, and $10,000 each to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation and Friends of the NCVMA Foundation after Hurricane Florence in 2018.
The Foundation also has an ongoing disaster relief program offering grants of up to $5,000 to help reimburse veterinarians for care provided to animals during disasters such as Hurricane Dorian. In 2018, the AVMF provided $146,000 in disaster relief grants to veterinarians, veterinary students, disaster response teams, and veterinary organizations.
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