AVMA Survey on Compounding
In order to develop the best possible response to the Food and Drug Administration's Guidance for Industry #230 on compounding, the American Veterinary Medical Association
is asking its members to answer a short questionnaire to better understand veterinarians' compounding needs at https://www.research.net/r/LSDKVB5.
Surveys must be completed by July 16. The short turnaround is necessary as the FDA deadline for comments is coming up quickly. Doing so will greatly assist the AVMA in its effort to protect veterinarians' ability to use needed compounded medications.
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Resolutions on accreditation defeated by AVMA House of Delegates
The NYSVMS Task Force on Accreditation, chaired by Eric Bregman, VMD, drafted two resolutions to be voted on during the AVMA House of Delegates annual meeting held just prior to the AVMA Convention on July 10 in Boston. The first resolution # 11 stated that the AVMA Board of Directors recommend to the Council on Education to enact a one year moratorium on all new veterinary school accreditation actions.
The second resolution #12 asked the AVMA BOD to establish an Independent Review Board to determine the new governance, financial and legal structure of a new, autonomous Council on Education, with the ability to sustain operations on or before Jan. 1, 2017.
California VMA drafted Resolution #13 that recommended that the BOD consider establishing an accrediting body that operates independently from the AVMA with its own bylaws, budget, Board of Directors and staff. However, the authors also recommended that this independent accrediting agency would remain under the umbrella of the AVMA.
The AVMA Reference Committee reviewed all resolutions during a meeting on July 9 and decided to draft a new Resolution #14. The committee urged the HOD to defeat resolutions 11, 12 and 13 in favor of 14. Resolution 14 recommended that the BOD assemble a task force to evaluate options regarding the COE. The options listed in the resolution included the following: maintaining the current COE structure, improving the organizational structure of the current COE, creating an autonomous COE under the umbrella of the AVMA and creating an independent accrediting organization. In addition, the resolution requested that the BOD "provide an opportunity for the House members to submit recommendations for task force members." This statement was added to address concerns from a committee member that the task force would be selected to exclude certain perspectives.
The resolutions were voted on during the House of Delegates Annual Meeting on July 10. HOD did not approve Resolution #14, with 71 percent voting against it. All three other resolutions, #11, #12 and #13, were also defeated.
Proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages gains little traction
The Wall Street Journal
Two years ago, then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio promised that if elected, he would rid Central Park of horse-drawn carriages in his first week on the job. Eighteen months after Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, the horses and their drivers are still threading city streets, ferrying tourists past city sights, and it seems increasingly likely they will remain.
Mayor de Blasio's push to ban the horse-drawn-carriage industry amid concerns of animal-rights activists and his own view that it isn't humane appears to face long odds.
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Protect yourself and your pets against rabies
In summer, we spend time outdoors and are more likely to come into contact with animals, wild and domestic. This also means we are at increased risk of exposure to rabies.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be transmitted from infected wildlife to other animals and people. Whenever there is a concern about potential exposure to a person or domestic animal, the Department of Health investigates to ascertain whether the risk of disease warrants postexposure vaccination or other control measures.
Owner arrested in horrific case of dog abuse in Westchester
In the worst case of animal mistreatment a Westchester veterinarian has ever seen, a woman has been arrested for allegedly neglecting a dog so horrifically that its fur was saturated in feces and urine, its teeth were rotting away and its overgrown nails were digging into its paws.
The owner, Jean Regan, was allegedly caught on surveillance video dropping off the dog, Roxy, at the Valhalla Animal Hospital. She was identified after the video was aired by a local cable news station.
Recent pet deaths renew calls for regulation of pet grooming industry
Allison Marks never thought she was putting her golden retriever in danger when she dropped him off for a recent grooming appointment. But when she called to check in, she was directed to an animal clinic."I can't breathe. I feel like I lost my best friend," she told Today about her beloved pet, who likely died of heat stroke, according to a veterinarian. Colby's death, along with several recent others, have ignited calls for government regulation over the $6 billion pet grooming industry.
NYSVMS 2015 awards-nomination deadline extended to July 31
NYSVMS has extended the deadline for nominations for the 2015 awards to July 31! The awards, which will be presented during NYS-VC Fall, have five categories: Distinguished Life Service, Veterinarian of the Year, Outstanding Service, Merit Award and Rising Leader.
To nominate someone for one of these awards, the 2015 nomination form must be completed and signed by a regional officer, along with an awards information form completed by awardee and a high-resolution, full-color headshot of the nominee saved as JPG (letters of recommendation are optional but strongly encouraged). All of this must be sent to Stephanie Quirini at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to NYSVMS, 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203 by Friday, July 31.
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Laser eye surgery called success for New Hampshire falcon
The Associated Press via The New York Times
A second round of eye surgery means a falcon in New Hampshire that had cataracts might fly again someday.
The Concord Monitor reported that laser surgery to clear cloudiness from Banner's eyes was performed by Dr. Andre d'Hemecourt, an ophthalmologist at the Eye Center of Concord who had performed many laser procedures on humans but never a falcon.
He told the newspaper that Banner responded immediately when the laser penetrated clouded layers of membrane.
Mosquito control agencies already hard at work
The Boston Globe
The late snow melt and dry spring kept the early-season mosquito population normal to light in most places. But the downpours that spotted late May and June brought a spike of summer mosquitoes in floodwater areas that were soaked.
As the summer kicks into gear, mosquito control experts and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health already have begun the season-long effort to maintain and monitor the mosquito population, and to educate the public on the need to take precautions.
Tackling tough-to-heal wounds
As written by Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM, "As a journalist, I've learned to expect one response before all others when calling to interview a source on equine wounds: the rueful chuckle. As a veterinarian, I understand why. Horses have a sharp-object-detecting superpower. If there is a single edge or point within reach, eventually a horse's skin will come in contact with it."
Traveling with pets requires thought and preparation
The Beaver County Times
Now, more than ever, pet owners are taking their companions on vacations.
Eighty percent of pet owners travel with their pets, according to Jessica Kinney of Pet Plan Insurance, a pet care insurer.
Of those who take pets on trips, 83 percent travel by car and 9 percent go by commercial airline. Most people who travel with pets take their dog, with only 5 percent taking a cat on vacation.
Fifty percent of those surveyed stay at pet-friendly resorts, while others stay with friends and family they are visiting.
10 steps to protect a big investment
Veterinary Practice News
How much do you have invested in surgical instruments? $1,000? $10,000? $100,000? More?
Good instruments are not only expensive, they are also delicate objects any surgery lover should treat with care and respect.
Antacid use and gastrointestinal disease in cats
Winn Feline Foundation
Disorders related to gastric acid develop from an imbalance between the secretion of gastric acid and gastric acid mucosal defense mechanisms. While well-studied in humans as gastric acidity has a significant role in gastric ulcer development, little is known in animals, especially cats, due to the invasive nature of viewing the stomach mucosal lining.
Pet food trends reflect a growing market
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Despite common recalls and regular Internet bashing from consumers, things are pretty good for the pet food industry right now. U.S. pet ownership is at an all-time high, according to the American Pet Products Association, whose 2015 National Pet Owners Survey reveals that 65 percent of U.S. households contain a pet. With that in mind, the "Packaged Facts' 2014 Pet Food in the U.S. Report" projects that domestic pet food sales will gain 16 percent from 2015 to 2018 to make it a $33 billion industry.
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Listeria concerns prompt pet food recall
Stella & Chewy's
Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs. Listeria can cause serious illness and even death in children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea. The company said there have been no reported pet or human illnesses. A complete list of recalled products can be found on the company's website.
How to schedule more follow-up care
Veterinary Practice News
Here are five strategies to ensure that you and your staff help your clients schedule follow-up exams.
8 tips for better nutrition and hydration
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
Former veterinary practice owner and practice management consultant Steve Noonan, DVM, continues his quest to share the mindfulness, happiness and self-care tips that turned his life around with veterinarians and veterinary team members. This first column explores sleep.
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