July 01, 2017

Timid dog
The thunderstorms, outdoor festivities, and Fourth of July fireworks of spring and summer can spell misery for dogs with noise aversion and their families. The condition often goes undiagnosed unless the veterinarian initiates a dialogue with the client. Veterinary behaviorists have many options for more severe cases.

Issues

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America announced May 15 the formation of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative Coalition to pursue legislative changes in all 50 states to establish the credential of registered veterinary nurse. NAVTA's board approved the action to unite the profession under a single title, credentialing requirements, and scope of practice. The coalition is defining the legislative strategy and targeting 2018 for the initial legislative reform efforts to begin in a handful of states.

Practice

Poultry feeding
A federal court order shut down medicated feed production by a company accused of safety failures and associated with the deaths of 17 horses. The injunction issued May 4 in an agreement between the Food and Drug Administration and Syfrett Feed Company of Okeechobee, Florida, will require that the company and three company officers prove they have implemented adequate production controls and will comply with federal law before they are allowed to resume production of medicated feeds.

Community

Dr. Neil C. Olson
St. George's University in Grand Anse, Grenada, announced May 17 the appointment of Dr. Neil C. Olson as the new dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Olson is currently dean of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. On Aug. 15, he will take over the position from St. George’s current dean, Dr. Timothy H. Ogilvie, who is stepping down after three years.
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