July 15, 2012

The National Research Council released its study of the veterinary profession for the National Academy of Sciences on May 30. The report's 15-member expert committee looked at the size and characteristics of the veterinary workforce and assessed the demographics and adequacy of the current supply of veterinarians. The study details how there is not a widespread workforce shortage in the U.S. veterinary profession, but that there are areas that need more practitioners, such as in academia and industry.

AVMA

A proposed amendment to the AVMA Bylaws could change the way the AVMA interacts with veterinary students. The amendment would eliminate the position of AVMA vice president, the Association's liaison to veterinary students, in favor of regional liaisons to the organizations represented in the Student AVMA House of Delegates.

Issues

Drug cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexican border has become a hazard to animal health and movement in that area. The normal import process for animals entering the U.S. through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona has been impacted by the tumultuous situation, as some inspection facilities have been temporarily closed or moved from Mexico into bordering U.S. cities. More animals are also being smuggled into the U.S., and some have been found to have foreign animal diseases.

Practice

To improve survival rates of dogs and cats that experience cardiopulmonary arrest, the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society established the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation initiative. In June, the RECOVER initiative released evidence-based guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in dogs and cats.