April 01, 2014

No official count of multigenerational veterinary families exists, but given the relative youth of the profession, they likely are uncommon. JAVMA News interviewed a few of these clans and found that keeping it in the family can benefit all involved, whether that means a guaranteed retirement plan or mentorship, while building a long-lasting legacy.

AVMA

Much of the practice of veterinary medicine is governed at the state level. State VMAs advocate for their members to the states’ legislative, executive, and judicial branches. And quietly assisting the state VMAs with many issues is the AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department within the AVMA Communications Division.

Issues

Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, recently fielded questions from JAVMA News about drug issues that are on the minds of veterinarians as well as the status of the FDA’s jerky pet treat investigation. Topics ranged from the factors veterinarians should consider when determining whether preventive use in animals of antimicrobials medically important for human use is appropriate, to the agency’s decision about issuing a revised compliance policy guide on bulk compounding of drugs for animals.

Practice

The Partners for Healthy Pets advertising campaign that began in late 2013 is continuing throughout 2014 to promote annual veterinary visits for cats and dogs.

Community

Some 450 people attended the 94th annual meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, Dec. 8-10, 2013, in Chicago. The national meeting was dedicated to Dr. Fred W. Scott, the founding director of the Cornell Feline Health Center, who spent much of his career improving the quality of life for cats through research and education.