June 15, 2009

The AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams, after retooling, are ready again to deploy to the scene of a natural disaster or another emergency—and members are eager to return to service. The VMAT program officially relaunched May 1 after the Tri-State Veterinary Disaster Response Conference, April 28-29 in La Crosse, Wis.

Equine

The high-profile deaths of 21 polo ponies at the U.S. Open Polo Championship, caused by an overdose of selenium, has brought the issue of compounding back into prominence.

Production Animals

The Food and Drug Administration has banned from use in animal feed the brains and spinal cords of cattle at least 30 months old, and any tallow that is derived from those materials and contains more than 0.15 percent insoluble impurities. The changes were made to reduce the risk that use of the carcasses in feed could spread bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Public Health