May 01, 2004

To quantify supply and demand for food supply veterinary professionals in the U.S. and Canada, the profession is about to mount a comprehensive research project once the stakeholders have pledged the remaining funding needed.

AVMA News

AVMA Answers What is the value of AVMA membership? Brent L. Heathcott, CAE, assistant director of the AVMA Membership and Field Services Division, responds: AVMA membership has great value for the individual member, the Association and the entire veterinary profession. It is the collective strength of 86 percent of active U.S. veterinarians belonging to the AVMA that allows our Association to help members to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, while at the same time strengthening the profession. It is this commitment of our members that positions the AVMA as the authorized voice for the veterinary profession, allowing our Association to continue its public outreach efforts, which continually reinforce the positive perception of ...

Equine

AAEP seeks research proposals on race day medication The AAEP has issued a call for proposals to research the efficacy of adjunct bleeder medications used to prevent exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. The AAEP's Racing Forum has been examining the use of medication in racehorses on race days and identified a need for research on the use of adjunct bleeder medications, aminocaproic acid, and conjugated estrogens. According to the AAEP, the efficacy of the use of those products as adjuncts to furosemide has not been examined. To facilitate that research, the AAEP is seeking research proposals. The AAEP Research Committee will evaluate proposals on the basis of their scientific validity, and whether the research would answer questions abou ...

Poultry

Judge sides with FDA on withdrawal of poultry antimicrobial An administrative law judge ordered the withdrawal of the Food and Drug Administration's approval for the use of enrofloxacin (Baytril) in poultry, citing potential human health risks. At press time, Bayer Animal Health was planning to submit an appeal. The outcome of the appeal could bring an end to a three-year dispute between the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine and Bayer about the safety of using the fluoroquinolone enrofloxacin in poultry. If the drug is withdrawn from the market, there could be a negative impact on human health, and the chicken and turkey industries could lose more than $200 million annually, according to Bayer. John B. Payne, president and general manager ...

Small Animal

Newsletter provides new tool to educate pet owners Pet columnist Steve Dale has teamed with the AVMA and Merial to give veterinarians a new resource to educate pet owners. PAWPRINTS is a four-page, quarterly newsletter that veterinarians can customize to share timely information on subjects important to pet owners. PAWPRINTS helps veterinarians continue to communicate with pet owners beyond visits to the clinic. Dale, who is editor-in-chief, said, "This newsletter gives veterinarians an easy way to share information on animal health issues and keep clients updated on local offerings." The newsletter features columns by Dale, the AVMA, and Merial. Dale is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and host of the nationally ...

Swine

Indulging his passion for pigs Waddell turns attention to food supply veterinarian issues Toward the top of Dr. John Waddell's presidential list of AASV priorities for the coming year is working with veterinary colleges to recruit and retain students for food supply veterinary medicine. During the AASV meeting in Des Moines, Dr. Waddell noted that the board of directors had just showed how important that issue is by voting to contribute $40,000 toward a supply/demand and recruitment/retention study being supported by the profession and industry ( see page 1401 ). He believes that the report will give deans science-based justification for increasing recruitment and retention efforts in that area. Even now, some colleges have initiatives unde ...

Veterinary Community

APHIS head retires; DeHaven named to position Bobby R. Acord, the administrator for the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, retired March 23 after more than 35 years of service to the USDA. Dr. Ron DeHaven has been named to replace Acord as APHIS administrator. Dr. DeHaven has served as deputy administrator of APHIS Veterinary Services since April 2002. As the nation's chief veterinary official, he provided leadership in safeguarding animal health, most notably when bovine spongiform encephalopathy was detected in Washington state last December. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman appointed Acord in November 2001. He served as acting administrator from 1999 and as deputy administrator for APHIS Wildlife ...