August 15, 2013

More and more, veterinarians are being called to treat chickens kept in urban and suburban neighborhoods where no food animal veterinarians are available. Treating these backyard chickens involves challenges for those unfamiliar with such birds and the regulations governing them as well as opportunities for those willing to take on such patients.

AVMA

Legislation signed recently by President Obama granted a 5-year extension on the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to collect animal drug user fees from pharmaceutical companies. Funds collected through the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee programs provide the FDA with the resources to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of proposed new animal drugs and new generic animal drugs.

Issues

A National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council committee spent more than a year analyzing the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. The committee issued a number of criticisms and recommendations for the program, including better use of fertility control to manage the equine population.

Practice

Veterinarians and the pork industry are trying to control porcine epidemic diarrhea, a viral disease deadly to pigs and discovered in the U.S. for the first time in April. The outbreaks in pig farms have raised concerns that more deadly diseases could enter the country through the same unknown route.

Community

The College of Veterinary and Comparative Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., received a letter of reasonable assurance of future accreditation from the AVMA Council on Education in early July and is now going ahead with plans to admit its first class of 85 students in fall 2014.