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July 01, 2020

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AVMA joins National Academy of Medicine in well-being support

The AVMA on May 1 became the first veterinary organization in the United States to join the National Academy of Medicine in pledging to reduce burnout and promote well-being among clinicians.

By becoming a network organization within the academy’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, the AVMA renewed an organizational commitment to improving the well-being of health care professionals.

The AVMA submitted a statement describing the Association’s current well-being work and future goals, including support for collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches that enhance well-being research, education, and practice.

The AVMA joins more than 60 other associations, hospitals, medical systems, universities, and professional societies in the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, which launched in 2017. The collaborative aims to raise the visibility of clinician burnout, improve understanding of challenges to clinician well-being, and elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions to improve patient care by caring for caregivers.

The AVMA’s well-being resources for veterinarians are available at Wellbeing.

Generic form of injectable sedative for horses approved

Three horses out to pasture

The first generic version of detomidine hydrochloride injectable solution for horses has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Detomidine hydrochloride is used as a sedative and pain reliever during minor surgical and diagnostic procedures in both mature horses and yearlings. The FDA called it “an important tool in enabling these animals to receive treatment while managing pain.”

To gain approval, the generic form of the drug was shown to be the bioequivalent of Zoetis’ approved proprietary treatment, Dormosedan, which is confirmed to be safe and effective.

“Licensed veterinarians administering detomidine hydrochloride should ensure that they don’t inadvertently get the drug in their mouth, as safety studies have indicated that the drug is well absorbed through mucous membranes, such as the lining of the mouth or nose,” according to an April 28 FDA announcement. “As with all injectable drugs that cause profound physiological effects, veterinarians should take routine precautions when handling and using loaded syringes to prevent accidental self-injection.”

Generic detomidine hydrochloride is available by prescription only and is available in 5-mL and 20-mL multidose vials.

APHIS allows electronic copies of health certificates

Importers can submit images of veterinary health certificates—rather than paper copies—when they bring animal products into the U.S.

The policy lasts at least through July 18 and contains exceptions for certain high-risk products.

Officials with the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced April 8 they would reduce the trade-related challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by telling Customs and Border Protection agents to accept importation documents through a federal document image system, and they issued an extension of that change May 11. CBP agents could see scans of veterinary health certificates, among other documents required for importation, the notices state.

Importers still need to submit physical copies of veterinary health certificates for shipments, from any country, containing bovine serum. They also need to submit physical copies to import any fresh or frozen meat from countries where the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service had not received the original hard copy of the veterinary health certificate.

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