January 01, 2004

AVMA supports updated and expanded Brakke study, approves task force on housing of pregnant sows The AVMA has provided a $200,000 grant to the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues for the creation of a series of analytic models designed to enhance the management of veterinary practices and the productivity of veterinarians and support staff. The AVMA Executive Board approved a plan to support Pfizer Animal Health and Brakke Consulting Practice Management Group in an expanded version of the original Brakke Study. This will be a study of the business practices of companion animal, food animal, and equine veterinarians. The board approved those proposals ( see pages 21, 22 ), along with numerous other initiatives ranging from smal ...

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Animal identification plan given thumbs-up The Executive Board approved AVMA endorsement of the United States Animal Health Association resolution regarding the United States Animal Identification Plan, with the caveat that, in the future, consideration be given to extending the plan to also serve as a food safety management tool. The identification plan's goal is to protect American animal agriculture by safeguarding animal health. The plan is designed to do this by using a system that can identify individual animals or groups, the premises where they are located, and the date of entry to the premises. The USAHA also plans to offer the ability to retrieve that information within 48 hours of a confirmed disease outbreak and to implement int ...
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Listeria in ready-to-eat products shows measurable decline The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has released data showing a one-year, 25 percent decrease in the percentage of Listeria monocytogenes -positive samples, and a 70 percent decline compared with years prior to the implementation of the hazard analysis and critical control point system. L monocytogenes can be dangerous for pregnant women, young children, and the elderly. Of the random samples the FSIS collected and analyzed between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2003, 0.75 percent tested positive for L monocytogenes , compared with 1.03 percent in 2002. In 1995, 3.02 percent tested positive for the bacteria. FSIS collects about 7,500 samples of ready-to-eat mea ...

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President signs bill assisting veterinary graduates with debt load Student loan repayment offered to veterinarians working in underserved areas The AVMA marked its second legislative victory in a month with the Senate's passage of the National Veterinary Medical Service Act on Nov. 24. Earlier in the month, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill, which authorizes the Department of Agriculture to provide student loan repayments to recent veterinary graduates who agree to work in underserved areas of the country. President Bush signed the bill Dec. 6. Also in November, another of the AVMA's legislative priorities, the Animal Drug User Fee Act, became law. The measure allows the Food and Drug Administration to collect annual ...