July 01, 2012

Experts in veterinary forensics recount how they came to the growing field and describe their work analyzing evidence in legal cases involving the abuse of animals. According to studies, most practicing veterinarians will see a case of animal abuse at some time during their career. The experts say that learning a little about veterinary forensics can be helpful in responding to these cases.

AVMA

On the agenda for the AVMA House of Delegates' regular annual session this August in San Diego is electing a new AVMA vice president. Drs. Stacy L. Pritt, James E. Smallwood, and Walter R. Threlfall are running for the office, a two-year position as the AVMA liaison to the Student AVMA and student chapters. It also entails a seat at the AVMA Executive Board as a voting member. In interviews with JAVMA News, each candidate explains why he or she is the best person for the job.

Issues

Large-scale breeders who sell animals over the Internet may soon be subject to federal animal welfare standards. The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a proposed rule May 16 that would have these breeders comply with the Animal Care program's inspection and licensing requirements. They are currently exempt.

Practice

The AVMA is among medical associations that contend in a brief that state professional boards should not be subject to Federal Trade Commission scrutiny of possible anti-competitive practices. The brief was filed in support of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, which is appealing an FTC ruling that the board acted beyond its authority and harmed competition through efforts to restrict who could provide teeth whitening services.