December 01, 2013

Veterinary students from Louisiana State University examine and treat animals at a prison-based animal shelter in Jackson, La., as well as train prisoners on how to handle the animals, administer medications, prepare animals for surgery, and generally deliver good care. The students provide these veterinary services through a shelter medicine clinical rotation during which they work with prisoners at the Pen Pals shelter in Dixon Correctional Institute.

AVMA

Like the public insurance exchanges, the private insurance exchange from the AVMA Group Health & Life Insurance Trust got off to a slow start in October. By November, the exchange for AVMA members was selling health insurance in most of the states. Dec. 15 is the deadline to apply for medical coverage to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Issues

A research project aims to put a number on the cash-strapped city of Detroit’s stray dog population, which has been estimated to be as high as 50,000 animals.

Practice

The Food and Drug Administration is asking veterinarians for help with the agency’s investigation into the cause of pet illnesses and deaths associated with jerky treats from China. An Oct. 22 update on the investigation includes a description of the extent of the FDA’s testing and current findings as well as a “Dear Veterinarian” letter and a fact sheet for pet owners.

Community

The White House has been pardoning turkeys for 25 years, each one provided by the National Turkey Federation’s chairman. The effort that goes into selecting the two birds for the ceremony—from acclimating them to flashbulbs and crowds to picking out the ones with the best coloring—lasts for months and can be quite a challenge.