March 01, 2010

On Jan. 8, just ahead of the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference and regular winter session of the House of Delegates in Chicago, the Executive Board took up an agenda addressing the future of the Association, animal welfare legislation, student needs, and federal support for small businesses.

Companion Animals

The study, published in the December 2009 issue of the journal Aging Cell, found that Rottweilers that were spayed after they were 6 years old were 4.6 times as likely to reach 13 years of age as were Rottweilers that were spayed at a younger age.

Government

The House of Representatives has taken up legislation to increase the number of veterinarians specially trained in the care and conservation of wild animals and their ecosystems.