September 15, 2013

The field of avian medicine has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Pet bird ownership has dropped by almost half over the past two decades, and the avian veterinary patient is a rare bird, indeed. Nevertheless, practitioners who care for birds are motivated by a love of the species and a passion for the animal’s unique medical needs.


Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the initial enrollment period for purchasing health insurance for 2014 will run from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. For coverage to take effect Jan. 1, carriers must receive completed applications by Dec. 15, 2013. The AVMA Group Health & Life Insurance Trust will no longer offer medical coverage after 2013. Insurance can be purchased through new public exchanges or private exchanges such as GHLIT CARE, the Trust’s exchange designed for veterinarians.


The veterinary profession needs to adapt to serve more than a wealthy minority, including those without the means to adapt to environmental changes, according to two of the lecturers during the Global Health Summit at the AVMA Annual Convention.