April 15, 2007

APHIS administrator takes on key AVMA role By R. Scott Nolen Posted April 1, 2007 The Department of Agriculture's top veterinarian, Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, has been chosen as the next AVMA executive vice president. Dr. DeHaven, administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for the past three years, was approved by the Executive Board March 23 following a nationwide search to replace Dr. Bruce W. Little, who is retiring this year. It wasn't yet known at press time when Dr. DeHaven would begin in his new role at the AVMA. "This position at the AVMA will provide me an exciting opportunity to give back to the profession," Dr. DeHaven said. "I will be in a leadership position in the organization that represents ...

Government

Ensign tasked with returning GOP control of Senate in '08 By R. Scott Nolen Posted April 1, 2007 Dr. John Ensign's job in the Senate is, arguably, one of the toughest. As chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a position for which he was chosen following the November elections, the Nevada lawmaker is responsible for taking back the Senate from the Democrats in 2008. For this to happen, Republicans will need to wrest away two Senate seats from the Democrats, or just one if a Republican wins the White House. (The vice president is the Senate president and casts the deciding vote in a 50-50 tie.) Moreover, the GOP must also defend 21 Senate seats, compared with the Democrats, who have to hang onto 12. The goal of the NRSC is to ...

Laboratory Animals

Posted April 1, 2007 The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation is offering funding for methods pertaining to biomedical research, product testing, and education that do not use animals. Proposals are judged on the extent to which they will reduce or replace laboratory animals and on the basis of scientific merit and feasibility. The application deadline is April 30. Grants are made available only to individuals affiliated with a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution, organization, or foreign equivalent. Preferential consideration will be given to proposals to use human rather than nonhuman vertebrate tissue and to proposals made by individuals associated with U.S. institutions or organizations. Funding is available for one year, an ...

Veterinary Community

Posted April 1, 2007 The 79th Annual Western Veterinary Conference was attended by more than 6,350 veterinarians, 1,400 veterinary technicians, and 1,100 hospital managers, administrators, shelter personnel, and veterinary students. More than 800 participants from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Canada, and other parts of the globe attended the conference. Held Feb. 18-22 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, the conference featured more than 460 exhibitors in its trade show, for a total of 13,236 participants. In addition, the WVC offered nearly 800 hours of lectures, symposia, and interactive laboratories. "The 79th annual Western Veterinary Conference was characterized by a particularly strong scientific p ...