October 15, 2011

A multimillion-dollar AVMA initiative aims to reverse a troubling financial decline being experienced throughout much of the U.S. veterinary profession. The plan includes a $5 million appropriation to fund programs ensuring the profession's fiscal viability as well as creating a new AVMA veterinary economics division.

AVMA

While the bulk of the AVMA Executive Board's August meeting agenda was devoted to providing economic relief to the veterinary profession, the agenda also addressed such matters as performing evaluation of AVMA governance and foreign veterinary school accreditation, providing funding for the CATalyst Council, and establishing closer ties with European veterinary colleagues.

Issues

International animal health authorities urged caution and preparedness in response to indications that highly pathogenic avian influenza could be resurgent. The warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations noted that an emerging H5N1 influenza strain less vulnerable to existing vaccines was circulating in Vietnam and China.

Practice

posted September 28, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine is now providing information about the numbers of reports it receives regarding various adverse drug experiences in animals. The CVM previously provided information about ADE types in animals, but not the number of reports. Dr. Lynne A. White-Shim, an assistant director in the AVMA Scientific Activities Division, cautioned that the numbers can be difficult to put in perspective. The ADE summaries do not include information about underlying conditions or concurrent treatments that could have affected animals that had adverse drug experiences, for example, or information about how the number of ADE reports for a particular drug compares with how freque ...

Corrections

  • The article "6 factors in declining veterinary visits" in the March 1, 2011, issue of JAVMA News misstated a finding from the survey of pet owners in the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study. The finding that 64 percent of cats and 86 percent of dogs visited a veterinarian in the past year applies only to pets whose owners had visited a veterinarian in the past two years. Among all pet owners in the survey, 60 percent had taken their cat and 85 percent had taken their dog to a veterinarian in the past year.
  • The article "American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology" in the Sept. 1, 2011, issue of JAVMA News listed four individuals as being certified by the ACVCP as new diplomates in 2011. Dr. Brian V. Lubbers, Manhattan, Kan., is the only new ACVCP-certified diplomate this year.