February 01, 2017

A third of states and the District of Columbia require reports from veterinarians when they dispense controlled substances, as part of an effort to thwart those seeking to obtain addictive or dangerous drugs from multiple doctors. The laws and regulations that apply to veterinarians vary, and ongoing changes in those laws reflect the debate over whether the risk controlled substances will be diverted justifies the reporting burden.

AVMA

A report now available from the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice provides a framework for instituting a clinic-level approach for judicious antimicrobial use, along with educational materials. Activities the task force developed to help the veterinary profession combat antimicrobial resistance include devising assessments to better understand laboratory practices and practitioner prescribing behaviors, developing general do’s and don’ts of antimicrobial prescribing, and creating educational programs and materials for practitioners and clients.

Issues

Owners reported dogs and cats in homes where a pet had recently died demanded more attention from owners and sought out the deceased animal’s favorite spot.

Practice

Federal health officials have banned powdered gloves intended for use in surgery or examinations as well as absorbable powders for lubricating surgery gloves. The ban applies to the use of powdered gloves in both human and veterinary medicine.

Community

The Ohio State University hosted the 16th annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest this past November, when over 100 students from more than a dozen universities were challenged with analyzing the welfare of meat sheep, purebred dogs, and layer hens.