January 01, 2014

For two days this past November, the AVMA brought together a broad range of professionally diverse veterinarians for “Can You Hear Me Now? The Conversation,” a conference designed to promote intraprofessional dialogue about the often-controversial subject of animal welfare. Attendees heard from several renowned veterinarians, animal scientists, and ethicists about factors that influence decisions about animal welfare. They then conducted welfare assessments with the goal of learning to remain unified despite differences of opinion.

AVMA

The AVMA House of Delegates will deliberate for a second time on two proposals related to alternative medicine: a resolution that would discourage the modality of homeopathy and an application for membership from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.

Issues

Witnesses at a recent congressional hearing testified about the experiences relevant to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013. The bill would designate the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as the national and independent organization that would develop, maintain, and publish rules on medications used in racehorses. It also seeks to end all race-day medication use, including that of Lasix.

Community

Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory opened its second site, on the K-State Olathe campus Nov. 15, 2013. The new Microbial Surveillance Lab was funded partly by Merck Animal Health, though officials declined to give an amount. The Olathe lab is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and has been established to provide microbiology diagnostic support to animal health pharmaceutical and biological companies.