Chart of the Month: Pet owners equate in-person visits with best care
Though some argue that a virtual VCPR would increase access to care, results of a new survey of pet owners overwhelmingly suggest otherwise.
Here’s a proven way to address rural veterinary shortages
There are veterinarians who want to work in rural areas of America but are unable to do so—for financial reasons. The great news is that legislation…
VCPR requirements fuel state legislative activity
The issue of whether to establish a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) through an in-person examination or solely electronic means has…
USDA proposes updates to strengthen Horse Protection Act
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comments on a proposed rule to…
The AVMA represents the interests of veterinarians through strategically targeted advocacy in Congress, with regulatory agencies, and before the…
AVMA CEO addresses workforce trends
Speaking to animal health industry leaders this August, AVMA CEO Dr. Janet Donlin talked about the challenges and opportunities facing the veterinary…
Workforce: What does our profession really need?
The veterinary profession is searching for workforce solutions to ensure that our practices are able to care for patients now and long into the…
Advocating for veterinary patients’ pharmaceutical needs
The AVMA works with policymakers to advocate for sensible pharmaceutical rules that recognize the unique and important needs of veterinary medicine,…
House Committee advances AVMA-backed xylazine language
The Administration announced its national coordinated response on July 11 to fight the deadly combination of illicit xylazine mixed with fentanyl.
AVMA-backed xylazine language advances in House
The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the SUPPORT Act - a legislative package aimed to address the growing threat of the opioid crisis, which…
Supreme Court upholds California sow housing law
A slim majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices upheld the California ballot initiative Proposition 12 as constitutional, and that the state could…
AVMA endorses federal legislation to address illicit xylazine
The bill would equip law enforcement with additional tools to stop illegal xylazine trafficking while protecting veterinarians’ access to this…
New Arkansas vet tech legislation poses risks to veterinary patients, clients, and practices
The Arkansas state legislature recently adopted a law that will expand veterinary technician specialists’ (VTS) scope of practice. Another bill still…
FDA concludes first premarket consultation for meat cultured from animal cells
In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration’s premarket consultation for meat cultured from animal cells brings Upside Foods’ chicken closer…
Unlawful xylazine receives more scrutiny to prevent inclusion in illegal drugs
Regulators and legislators are showing greater interest in xylazine, a prescription drug used in multiple sectors of clinical veterinary medicine,…
Animal health advocacy
The AVMA’s advocacy work provides critical support for the work veterinary teams do every day to protect, promote, and advance animal health. Learn…
Congressional offices consider making xylazine a controlled substance
With illicit xylazine increasingly showing up in street drugs that pose grave risks to human users, government policymakers are discussing making it a…
From Congress to the courtroom, AVMA advocates for veterinarians
The AVMA’s advocacy on behalf of its members covers practically every aspect of veterinary medicine and takes place in the federal government,…
Colorado veterinary technicians to be regulated in 2023
Colorado’s latest state Veterinary Practice Act outlines who can use the title “veterinary technician.” Starting Jan. 1, 2023, only those veterinary…
Rena Carlson, DVM
Dr. Rena Carlson is a graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine whose veterinary career has spanned more than 30 years.
Racetrack safety regulations submitted for federal review
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority formally submitted draft regulations on racetrack safety to the Federal Trade Commission on Dec. 6,…
Support for the collection of antimicrobial use data for antimicrobial stewardship
Antimicrobials are necessary tools for protecting animal health and wellbeing. Antimicrobial stewardship is successful only when all partners involved…
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Animal blood shortage deepens during pandemic
Veterinarians struggle to acquire adequate blood supplies as transfusions become more routine and donations decline. Meanwhile, California is…