March 01, 2004

'A critical asset' AVMA president encourages support for upgrades at Plum Island After 50 years of service as the only facility in North America where foot-and-mouth disease research can be done, the Plum Island Animal Disease Center needs a new facility, officials from the Department of Homeland Security have determined. The DHS took over the management of Plum Island in June 2003. Previously, the Department of Agriculture managed the facility at Plum Island. Several representatives from the AVMA toured the facility this past Dec. 11. During the visit, the representatives learned more about the role Plum Island will play in the DHS mission. Dr. Elizabeth A. Lautner, the newly appointed director of Plum Island, and Col. Gerald W. Parker, a ...

AVMA News

Why should veterinarians care about the political process? Dr. Michael Chaddock, director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division in Washington D.C., responds: Decisions made by public policy makers at all levels affect every one of us. Their decisions are certainly made on a scientific basis, but also on other bases, and political science is one of those factors. If we're going to be a player in any field involving our personal or professional lives, we have to accept the political process and understand it. I hear a lot of apathy about politics and the political process. It's like making sausage—a lot of people are not interested in the process but do care about the outcome. But many of them would rather leave that process of pub ...

College News

New SCAVMA at WesternU garners 100 percent membership Members of the charter class at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, Calif., gathered this past Nov. 10 to witness a historic moment in the life of their new college. Inside the college's atrium, Avery Woodworth (WES '07) accepted the charter for the WesternU Student Chapter of the AVMA from Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, assistant director of the AVMA Membership and Field Services Division and Student AVMA adviser. Woodworth is president of this newest student chapter. Woodworth later said, "We as the charter class of Western University College of Veterinary Medicine are honored to have received the first charter of the AVMA in many years. We ...

Disaster Management

Mapping our way to quick disaster response Geographic information system maps aim to protect homeland security n a small county in the Midwest, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease occurs. A veterinarian contacts an official at the state department of agriculture, who identifies the farm from a map on his computer. Using his mouse, the official clicks on an area and instantly sees the roads leading to the farm and the topography of the surrounding area, including information about streams, water table levels, and land elevations. He identifies the location of nearby farms, livestock operations, food firms, and veterinary clinics, and has contact names and numbers for all. With another click of the mouse, he knows the location of all nearby ...

Poultry

World health organizations rush to avoid avian influenza pandemic World health officials fear that an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of the avian influenza virus in Asia threatens to become a worldwide pandemic. In a joint statement issued Jan. 27, the World Health Organization, Office International des Epizooties, and Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the H5N1 avian influenza strain could mutate into an even deadlier human pathogen. Since Japan reported an initial outbreak of avian influenza to the OIE in early January, the virus has spread to eight other countries: South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, and Laos. A different viral strain is active in Taiwan. Vietnam and Thailand have conf ...

Take Notice

Drug vials may be overfilled The volume of drug contained within a vial may exceed the labeled volume, according to the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. In response to an inquiry from a practitioner, the COBTA examined the Food and Drug Administration's regulations regarding the filling volume of vials and found: Drug companies are required to manufacture drugs in accordance with the FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices, which specify an acceptable range of filling volume for parenteral products. The filling volume may exceed the labeled volume, provided the volume is within FDA specifications. The filling volume of the vial may not fall short of the labeled volume. If you have concerns about the filling volume of vials you ha ...

Washington Veterinary News

President urges Congress to pass association health plan legislation The greatest number of Americans without health insurance do have jobs, and many of their employers wish they could afford to offer those employees health coverage. Small businesses employ nearly 60 percent of the 43 million uninsured Americans. As part of his plan to help the uninsured, President Bush called on Congress to pass the Association Health Plan legislation. The AVMA is part of a 150-member coalition that is lobbying for passage of this initiative, which would enable small businesses to purchase affordable employee health coverage. In his State of the Union address Jan. 20, the president told a Joint Session of Congress, "Small businesses should be able to ...