June 01, 2000

By R. Scott Nolen Posted May 15, 2000 Food safety, small-business tax relief, and animal well-being during air travel. The AVMA has had something to say to Congress on all these issues. Often with little recognition, veterinarians have helped shape public policy on matters ranging from the kinds of drugs used to treat animals to the food-animal products allowed across US borders. Although much of the nation may not realize it, veterinary contributions go far beyond just keeping the family pet healthy. The federal government is the top employer of veterinarians, who help ensure a safe, abundant food supply and protect human and animal populations from domestic and foreign diseases. Dr. Michael Blackwell, chief of staff for the surgeon genera ...

AVMA News

Posted May 15, 2000 Fiscal accountability was once again a strong consideration throughout the spring meeting of the AVMA Executive Board, April 6-8. AVMA treasurer, Dr. James F. Peddie kept track of expenditures so the board could clearly establish its funding priorities. Dr. Leonard M. Tinney (District IV), Dayton, Ohio, chaired the meeting. A summary day in spring: Dan Murawski (center), director of the AVMA Business Division, recaps the current AVMA finances for Dr. Leonard M. Tinney (right), Executive Board chairman, and Dr. Bruce W. Little, executive vice president. The board approved $71,000 in expenditures from the 2000 contingency fund and $53,000 from the reserves. A sum of $200,000 had been budgeted for the contingency fund for t ...

Professional Issues

By R. Scott Nolen Posted May 15, 2000 In the months following the release of the executive summary of the Megastudy, and subsequent formation of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues, the top priority of the commission, next to finding someone to take its reins, has been to generate interest among veterinarians in what the study says about the future of the profession. During the AAHA's annual meeting in April, three of the association's representatives on the commission's board of directors told JAVMA News during an interview about the commission that it is moving forward in generating awareness in the leadership of organized veterinary medicine. Among individual veterinarians, however, there appears to be little awareness ...