April 15, 2007

APHIS administrator takes on key AVMA role Printer-friendly version 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 75,000 veterin ...

AVMA News

Controlling health care costs: some practical advice Being proactive can make a difference in health and health care costs Printer-friendly version Helping veterinarians and their families address the ever-rising cost of health care is one of the goals of the AVMA Group Health and Life Insurance Trust. The best results are achieved when this task is undertaken as a collaborative effort. Because the Trust is motivated by insureds' benefits as opposed to profit, it already provides advantages, including group purchasing power and careful cost control. In addition, there are several actions that insureds can take to help manage their health care costs. Prescription drugs consume a large percentage of national and personal health care bills. Ge ...

Companion Animals

Morris Animal Foundation launches interactive Web site Printer-friendly version Morris Animal Foundation has redesigned its Web site, www.morrisanimalfoundation.org , with more interactive features. The Web site includes the latest news on the foundation's scientific health research that benefits animals. New search capabilities allow users to identify animal health research successes by species, and disease or health issue. For example, users can search for cancer in dogs, laminitis in horses, or kidney disease in cats, and bring up relevant studies and successes. Special for veterinarians, the Web site offers information on two donation programs, the Veterinary Memorial Program and Veterinary Client Cards. Also, an online forum serves as ...

Global Issues

European Union formalizes emergency veterinary team Printer-friendly version The European Commission recently announced it would establish an emergency veterinary team that would provide the support of European experts if needed to respond rapidly to animal disease outbreaks in the European Union and Third World countries. The establishment of the team formalizes a support structure that has existed for many years and has been used, for example, in assisting Turkey and Romania in tackling avian influenza outbreaks in 2006. The goal of creating the team was to have experts in the fields of veterinary medicine, virology, wildlife, laboratory testing, risk management, and other relevant areas on standby, ready to respond when an animal health ...

Government

Veterinarian holds key post among Senate Republicans Ensign tasked with returning GOP control of Senate in '08 Printer-friendly version 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 h ...

Laboratory Animals

Grants available for alternatives to animal use Printer-friendly version 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 ...

Take Notice

APHIS tweaks proposal for two tiers of accreditation Printer-friendly version The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has outlined possible changes to its original proposal for revamping the National Veterinary Accreditation Program. The plan is still to establish two accreditation categories in place of the current single category. Under the original proposal, Category I accreditation would have authorized veterinarians to perform regulatory tasks on animals that people commonly keep as pets. Category II accreditation would have authorized veterinarians to perform regulatory tasks on all animals. Comments on the original proposal led APHIS to reconsider the division between the accreditation categories. S ...

Veterinary Community

Printer-friendly version Associations The South Carolina Association of Veterinarians recently honored Dr. Walter C. Robinson III (GA '73) with its Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Robinson has contributed to veterinary medicine, surgery, and teaching for nearly 35 years. He has been a leader with the Greenville Veterinary Association and SCAV, and he is the state's representative in the AVMA House of Delegates. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The SCAV honored Dr. William "Mack" McMurtrey Burriss (AUB '43) with its Distinguished Veterinarian of the Year Award. Five people nominated Dr. Burriss for his lifetime of service in the Anderson area. He ran a practice for 34 years before retiring, a ...