Overtime pay regulations: What’s next?
Update: The U.S. Department of Labor on December 2 appealed Judge Mazzant's decision to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans. With…
New regulation requires overtime pay for more employees
Labor Department offers webinars to explain new rules A new rule finalized last week by the U.S. Department of Labor requires time-and-a-half overtime…
Upcoming legislative activity to center on education
With 88 percent of veterinary students borrowing from federal student loan programs, according to the 2016 AVMA & AAVMC Report on the Market for…
The veterinary profession's role in addressing the opioid epidemic
AVMA strongly recommends that veterinarians, legislators, state veterinary medical boards, and state pharmacy boards work together to create practical…
50 years later, animal welfare act is a work in progress
The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966, originally to protect laboratory animals while also regulating animal dealers and the
The dangerous dog debate
Communities have been banning or strictly regulating pit bull-type dogs and other “dangerous” breeds for the past three decades.
Fiscal 2017 agriculture appropriations passes important hurdle in the House
The House Appropriations Committee passed by voice vote its fiscal 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill on April 19. The legislation funds important…
AVMA Board of Directors calls for more discussion on the Sunshine Act
After careful review and examination by several volunteer committees, the AVMA Board of Directors at its Jan. 8 meeting decided to take a position of…
Making their voices heard
Nearly 100 veterinarians and veterinary students lobbied Congress this March for student loan debt relief and against a proposed
Lowering hurdles of licenses
Government and veterinary leaders are trying to make it easier for professionals to keep working when they change states.
Pet medication hearing: AVMA testimony strives to protect, advance veterinary interests
[caption id="attachment_15211" align="alignright" width="276"] AVMA Board Chair Dr. John de Jong[/caption] Dr. John de Jong, chair of the AVMA Board…
AVMA advocates against prescription mandate bill
In April, AVMA Board of Directors chair Dr. John de Jong testified before a House subcommittee about the Fairness to Pet Owners
What's in a name?
Two years ago, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America formed the Veterinary Nurse Initiative coalition.
WSAVA takes on brachycephaly, dentistry, dog and cat meat trade
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has focused attention on the issues facing brachycephalic dogs, released global guidelines
Another ballot initiative increases housing size for farm animals
As consumers demand to know more about the origin of their foods, the trend toward less-restrictive housing for farm animals has accelerated in recent…
Telehealth poses new possibilities, problems
Telehealth in veterinary medicine continues to advance with greater use by corporate and private
Cannabis research for veterinary patients advancing, cautiously
More than half the country has legalized marijuana use in one form or another.
Marijuana treatments, drug monitoring programs discussed
AVMA House of Delegates members want the Association to develop policies and further guidance on emerging issues affecting the profession, such as
States track dispensing to counter drug fraud
A third of states and the District of Columbia require reports from veterinarians when they dispense controlled substances
The slow rise of generic animal drugs
In human medicine, generic drugs accounted for 88 percent of prescriptions dispensed in the United States as of 2014. Currently, generic
Momentum continues for AVMA activities
Summits on educational debt and wellness, recommendations from a task force on drug compounding, and economic reports on topics