November 01, 2013

Publication earlier this year of a study that found higher incidences of certain cancers and musculoskeletal disorders in neutered Golden Retrievers has raised questions in some corners of the veterinary profession about the appropriateness of the current approach to spaying and castration. Neutering is promoted as a tool for managing dog and cat populations and as a means of decreasing certain disease risks and unwanted behaviors. Yet, a growing body of evidence suggests elective gonadectomy may not be as benign as is widely believed.

AVMA

AVMA members are encouraged to consider becoming candidates for council, committee, and liaison positions that will be vacated by members completing their terms in 2014.

Issues

The number of animals living on farms certified by the American Humane Association Certified program quintupled in 14 months from about 190 million animals to 950 million animals by September 2013. Nearly all the additional animals are chickens and turkeys owned by Foster Farms and Butterball.

Practice

The 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, released in early September, shows that the horse industry had a total economic impact of almost $3 billion in the state this past year. One survey author say the data can be used to guide everything from disease surveillance to the location for building new equestrian trails to policy decisions.

Community

Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will work with the Texas Heart Institute in creating the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology. Scientists, engineers, physicians, veterinarians, and business managers will be a part of the center, which will research organ transplantation and adult stem cells.