June 01, 2004

The Florida panther, a subspecies of the mountain lion, is one of the most endangered mammals on earth. A new threat has emerged in the swamps and forests of southern Florida to challenge the state's endangered panthers. Feline leukemia has been diagnosed in four panthers since November 2002. The infectious, often fatal disease is common to domestic cats but practically nonexistent in large, wild feline species. Two of the diagnoses were made this year alone. Now, state and federal wildlife teams are hunting the elusive predator in its southern Florida habitat, not to eradicate the panther as in days past. Rather, their aim is to erect an ecologic disease barrier against feline leukemia by vaccinating as many panthers as they can locate. Am ...

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Accreditation standards for veterinary technician programs revised The Executive Board approved several changes to clarify and improve the accreditation requirements for veterinary technician training programs. Among the substantive changes were the creation of a new standard, the removal of a standard, the removal of separate guidelines for distance learning programs, and an increased emphasis on developing critical thinking skills. The Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities recommended the changes after conducting an in-depth review of its Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual. The committee created a draft revision of the document aimed at improving clarity and brevity, reorganizing the document into a more lo ...
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Compliance policy guide has flaws, but also teeth The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists and various local pharmacists are urging veterinarians and pet owners to lobby the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its compliance policy guide on compounding of drugs. Even though the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents acknowledges that the CPG is not perfect, it does not favor withdrawal of the guide. The CPG, which the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine issued in its current form in 2003, regulates the compounding of drugs by veterinarians and pharmacists for use in animals. A task force comprising veterinarians, pharmacists, and regulators offered concepts that the CVM incorporated in the original version in 1996. ...