June 15, 2013

Most Americans see marijuana as a legitimate medical treatment for some human disease conditions. A small number of pet owners believe the drug also has healing powers for their animal companions. They’re giving marijuana to pets to provide relief from several complaints, including pain, anxiety, and nausea. Veterinary medicine has not had to participate in the national debate over medical marijuana, but that time may be coming to an end.


An AVMA task force assigned to evaluate the impact of the AVMA Council on Education’s accreditation of foreign veterinary schools concluded that the practice benefits U.S. and foreign practitioners alike. At the same time, members of the AVMA Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation requested further clarification of some accreditation standards, demonstrating the complicated nature of the accreditation process.


The Food and Drug Administration halted sale of a generic drug used to treat respiratory disease in cattle following a petition and lawsuit by the sponsor of the original patented drug. That sponsor claims that the generic drug frequently would be used in a manner contrary to its label.