February 01, 2013

More than half of U.S. households owned pets at year-end 2011, and three-quarters of these pet-owning households made at least one visit to the veterinarian during 2011. The new data appear in the 2012 edition of the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, now available from the AVMA. The report has provided a comprehensive picture approximately every five years since 1983 of the ownership and veterinary care of cats, dogs, and other pets.

AVMA

When Dr. James Law joined the faculty of the newly established Cornell University in 1868, the Scottish expatriate made history as the first veterinary professor at an American university. Over the next 40 years, Dr. Law taught some of the giants in veterinary medicine and animal health research, such as Dr. Daniel Salmon, discoverer of the Salmonella bacterium. In addition, he helped raise standards for veterinary education in the United States and championed the veterinarian’s role as a protector of animal and human health.

Issues

Rare brain tumors emerging among raccoons in Northern California and Oregon may be linked to a previously unidentified virus discovered by a team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of California-Davis.

Practice

A pharmaceutical salesman’s statements about off-label prescription drug uses were protected under the First Amendment, according to an appellate court. Two circuit court judges delivered an opinion that vacated a conviction against Alfred Caronia, who had been convicted in 2008 of a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to introduce a misbranded drug into commerce.