September 01, 2008
Veterinarians contributed to a community, learned about medical and professional issues, and enjoyed themselves all at once this year at the 145th AVMA Annual Convention, July 19-22 in New Orleans.
At its regular July 19 session in New Orleans, the AVMA House of Delegates passed by a large majority Resolution 16, which states the AVMA "supports a change in veal husbandry practices that severely restrict movement, to housing systems that allow for greater freedom of movement without compromising their health or welfare."
On July 17 and 18, dozens of attendees started off their visit to New Orleans by rehabilitating four local animal shelters. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation arranged the project with sponsorship from Bayer Animal Health, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Sherwin Williams. The goal was to put the Veterinarian's Oath in action by combining tourism with volunteerism in an area still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.