May 01, 2007

Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, the recently named successor to Dr. Bruce W. Little as AVMA executive vice president, answered several questions for JAVMA News regarding a variety of topics—including the pet food recall and the veterinary workforce, his years at the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and why he's coming to work for the AVMA.

Companion Animals

One in four dogs will die of cancer, according to the Morris Animal Foundation. But within the equivalent of a dog's lifetime of 10 to 20 years, the foundation intends to find cures for cancer in dogs.

Government

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia filed an opinion March 28 to block the Department of Agriculture from providing antemortem horse inspections for a fee to horse processing facilities.