April 01, 2018

Greyhounds in Florida have tested positive for cocaine or cocaine metabolites about 230 times in the past 20 years, according to state and court documents. The Racing Laboratory at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine has analyzed more than 700,000 race-day urine samples since July 1998. Among the substances found during that time, cocaine and two metabolites—benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester—constitute one-fifth of the violations.


Practicing veterinarians as well as veterinary technicians and practice managers can now learn more about research backing the human health benefits of pet ownership and human-animal interactions, and learn how to use that knowledge in veterinary practice. On Feb. 3, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute and the North American Veterinary Community launched an online certificate program in the human-animal bond, with the AVMA as a founding educational partner.


A preliminary study has shown that overall symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are lower among war veterans with service dogs. Having service dogs did not replace evidence-based treatment for PTSD, nor did it cure the disorder, but supporters say pairing service dogs with veterans should be considered a complementary method of treatment.


A new certificate program in the human-animal bond, a study on communications gaps between practices and clients, a report on antimicrobial usage in feline patients, and the winners of the first Veterinary Innovation Awards were among the highlights of the 2018 Veterinary Meeting & Expo, Feb. 3-7 in Orlando, Florida. The North American Veterinary Community renamed its flagship conference as VMX starting this year. VMX 2018 attracted nearly 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries.


American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, joint annual meetings, Nov. 4-8, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia