March 01, 2013

This January, more than 300 members of the veterinary community got their first look at a draft proposal for a leaner, more democratic AVMA governance structure designed to better facilitate member input, participation, and recruitment. Reforms recommended by an AVMA task force include replacing the AVMA Executive Board and House of Delegates with a 17-member board of directors and allowing AVMA members to directly elect officers.

AVMA

The AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, held Jan. 3-6 in Chicago, was filled with lots of activity. The event kicked off the Association’s sesquicentennial celebration as well as served as a venue for leadership training and the House of Delegates' regular winter session. Much of the focus during the conference centered on speakers’ visions of the AVMA’s future.

Issues

From the halls of Congress to the halls of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ most recent conference, ongoing issues in horse racing have been a popular topic of conversation. Racetrack practitioners are trying to provide leadership and steer the industry in a more transparent, ethically sound direction.

Practice

A $500,000 grant will help Cornell University researchers study bacteria linked to Johne’s disease in cattle and possibly Crohn’s disease in people. The Department of Agriculture grant will be used on a project to identify Mycobacterium avium subsp paratuberculosis in milk, determine risk factors for milk contamination, and document recommended intervention strategies.