August 15, 2017

An always-fatal neurologic disease is contributing to declines in Western deer and elk herds and raising the possibility of local extinctions. Chronic wasting disease is spreading to new areas, and prevalence is increasing where it is established. While wildlife managers and researchers are trying to find ways to control the disease, decreases in surveillance funding mean that emerging infections pose even greater threats to herds.


The AVMA Board of Directors, while meeting June 20-21 in Washington, D.C., took on topics across the breadth of the profession, including improvement of the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, establishment of an AVMA strategy on antimicrobials, the appropriate age for feline sterilization, veterinary medicine in offshore aquaculture, and the meaning of the "organic" label.


The debate over how to track and identify horses has been ongoing for more than a decade. Lack of consensus on methodologies, where information would be stored or accessed, what technology to use, privacy concerns, and other issues has hindered progress until recently. The 2017 Equine Identification Forum, hosted by the National Institute of Animal Agriculture and the U.S. Animal Health Association, brought together equine industry stakeholders to gain a better understanding of equine identification and traceability issues and identify potential solutions.


Owners of dogs without proof of rabies vaccination will need to apply ahead of time to import those dogs from countries where rabies is endemic in dogs. Vaccinated dogs need to arrive with rabies vaccination certificates. Starting Aug. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require that dog owners apply for entry permits at least 10 business days prior to travel with a dog with insufficient immunization, and the agency will stop issuing confinement agreements at ports of entry.