June 15, 2004

Setting the standard on animal welfare OIE seeks to bridge the divide on animal welfare; USDA, AVMA, and other groups to provide input A diverse group of more than 450 scientists, politicians, and animal welfare advocates from 70 countries gathered in Paris this past February to contribute their insight and expertise to the International Office des Epizooties' effort to create international standards for animal welfare. The OIE is developing the science-based standards to help guide countries as they respond to the growing public demand for improved animal welfare standards, according to the OIE. The meeting in Paris was the start of large-scale information gathering on animal welfare by the OIE. "Transparency and openness are key elem ...

AVMA News

AVMA, heartworm society to meet in Philadelphia The American Heartworm Society will hold its triennial meeting concurrent with the AVMA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, July 24-28. This year, the State of the Heartworm Symposium will be held July 23, 24, and 26 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel. The symposium will feature presentations by experts on the latest research on heartworm disease, including the findings on treatment and prevention of the disease. The event sponsors are Fort Dodge Animal Health, Heska, Idexx, Pfizer, Merial, Novartis, and Bayer. "There is a misconception that we as veterinarians know all there is to know about heartworm disease. That is not the case," said Dr. Jorge Guerro, chair of the symposium and adj ...

College News

Raising emotional IQ Washington State works to boost students' wellness, interpersonal skills To help students cope with the stresses of veterinary education and better prepare them for practice, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has hired a full-time counselor to work with students, and has woven courses on wellness, ethics, professionalism, relationships, and teamwork into the curriculum. Dr. Richard DeBowes, the chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, who has helped organize the program, said the effort is, in part, a response to studies that have shown that veterinarians are lacking in business acumen and the interpersonal skills necessary to be successful practitioners. It is also an effort to better ...

Food Animals

Johne's disease, PRRS projects win funding Multimillion-dollar CAP grants awarded for multi-institutional research ohne's disease and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome together cause more than $800 million a year in losses to U.S. agriculture and the food-consuming public, according to the Department of Agriculture. To control and eliminate those diseases, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced April 14 that the USDA will contribute a total of $8.8 million to two international research collaboratives working on Johne's disease in cattle, sheep, and goats, and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome in swine. The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service is funding the critical research, educ ...

Small Animal

An eye on the future AAHA President Feinberg: veterinary students a priority Dr. Dennis A. Feinberg expects to be spending a lot of time with the future of veterinary medicine. Veterinary students, that is. "They're tomorrow's veterinarians and where our profession is going," said Dr. Feinberg, who was elected AAHA president during the association's 71st annual meeting this March in Tampa, Fla. More than 1,500 veterinary care providers from the United States, Canada, and overseas attended the meeting at the Tampa Convention Center. The Charleston, S.C., veterinarian plans on spending his year in office proclaiming the value of the AAHA as a resource and how its Standards of Accreditation benefit practices and patients alike. Much ...

Take Notice

USDA outreach program targets noncommercial-bird-owning public The Department of Agriculture has launched a national awareness campaign to educate people who raise their own poultry or who own exotic birds about the signs of avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease. The Biosecurity for the Birds campaign also educates noncommercial bird owners about good biosecurity practices and encourages them to report sick birds. The USDA has distributed brochures and fact sheets to thousands of veterinarians to educate their clients. These materials are also available at www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/birdbiosecurity/ , by e-mailing birdbiosecurity@aphis.usda.gov , or by faxing a request to (301) 734-5205. The USDA is also working with the Cooperative Stat ...

Washington Veterinary News

Life after Washington For congressional fellows, veterinary medicine and public policy a perfect match The 2003-2004 AVMA Congressional Science fellows have been busy influencing the work of the 108th Congress. Each of the three veterinarians is working in a congressional office where they lend their expertise in veterinary medicine on a variety of issues. Dr. Michael Q. Bailey has been serving his fellowship in the office of Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts. A 14-term member of the House of Representatives, Markey sits on the Energy and Commerce, Resources, and Homeland Security committees. Dr. Bailey, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, is a professor of veterinary clinical science and the director of diagnosti ...