AVMA still focused on passing veterinary student debt legislation in 113th Congress
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
If you're itching to see some student debt relief from Congress this session, it may depend on whether the upcoming "lame-duck" Congress will indeed be lame, or surprisingly robust. Gina Luke, assistant director of the American Veterinary Medical Association Governmental Relations Division, says it could go either way.
There's little time left for the 113th Congress — especially with elections in November — but the AVMA hasn't given up on getting at least one piece of debt relief passed, namely the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act.
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Rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II
On Oct. 6, the final rule of the Drug Enforcement Administration takes effect to reschedule hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. This scheduling action is pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act.
Bravo recalls select chicken and turkey pet foods because of possible salmonella health risk
Food and Drug Administration
Bravo is recalling select lots of Bravo turkey and chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
The workshop is a practical, hands-on, informative and fun way to learn how to do an extracapsular repair for a cruciate deficient stifle. The key to the success of Focus and Flourish’s workshops is the abundance of visual aids, insisting on participation, repetition and lots of practice. For more information on this and other workshop topics please click here.
FBI: Animal cruelty now a Group A felony
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The FBI has announced the animal cruelty will now become a Group A felony with its own category, putting it in the same group as homicide, arson and assault. In the past, animal cruelty has been hard to track because it was lumped into a category of charges labled as "other."
COE accreditation update
Professional Issues in Veterinary Medicine
The deadline to submit letters to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity on the COE accreditation issue has passed. More than 550 people submitted their comments through the vetuscope.com website, and countless other submitted their opinions directly to the NACIQI. You can view a sampling of the letters submitted through the vetuscope website here. This letter, written by Robert Cherenson, DVM, a past member of the COE and current member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, is a succinct and thought-provoking look at the issues. The NACIQI Public Hearing will be held Dec. 11.
Dr. Sophia Yin leaves legacy of compassion, insight
Veterinary Information Network
Dr. Sophia Yin spoke for the voiceless. The renowned veterinary behaviorist's own voice and work will outlive her sudden, tragic death. On Sept. 29, Dr. Yin committed suicide. She was 48. News of her death elicited an outpouring of sorrow in veterinary circles and expressions of profound admiration for Dr. Yin, a superstar in the animal-behavior arena. Whether they knew her personally or only knew of her, numerous veterinarians said Dr. Yin strongly influenced their practice.
VIN Foundation sponsoring free round table discussion on stress and depression, Oct. 5
Stress and anxiety stifles so many people, especially those in the veterinary profession. People battling with depression, stress and anxiety should seek help from others. While you may be concerned about shame, we assure you there is nothing to be ashamed of. The VIN Foundation will be sponsoring a round table discussion via the Veterinary Information Network, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m. All veterinary professionals are welcome to attend. A current membership is not required. You are welcome to sign up for a free trial to gain access to the round table. You will not be obligated to continue with membership. Susan Cohen, DSW, the social worker/therapist at the Animal Medical Center in New York City for 20-plus years, will present Dealing With Your and Your Colleagues' Stress and Depression. Please email VIN Foundation member Joe D'Abbraccio, DVM, at email@example.com if you have any questions on or need assistance in signing up for the program.
Assemblyman fighting to save horse-drawn carriage industry says steeds are healthy
New York Daily News
An assemblyman fighting to stop the city from dismantling the horse-drawn carriage industry says its steeds have gotten a clean bill of health from the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, (D-Westchester County), who earlier this year introduced legislation to protect the carriages and the jobs they provide, has written the City Council and Mayor de Blasio to implore them to reconsider banning the carriages. Pretlow also sent along a letter from the veterinary group, which evaluated the horses and pronounced them "healthy, happy, well-fed and sheltered."
Ebola also strikes great apes
Voice of America
While efforts continue to contain the Ebola outbreak among people in West Africa, researchers have a new technique to study Ebola among the great apes. Thousands of the primates are believed to have died from the disease in recent decades. The research could help predict where Ebola outbreaks might occur among humans.
Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine alum's work featured in 'Dolphin Tale 2'
Veterinarian Juli Goldstein is living her dream job, and right now, it's being featured on the big screen in a Warner Bros. movie. Goldstein, who graduated from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, has a cameo appearance as herself in the movie "Dolphin Tale 2," which features the work she and other marine mammal experts did to save a dolphin named Hope.
Saline shortage boosting veterinarians' fluid costs
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been monitoring a shortage of sodium chloride injection bags that has been impacting U.S. supply and has potential to increase prices for clinics.
Jeff Werber, D.V.M., a practice owner in Los Angeles and frequent dvm360 contributor, says he has seen the effects of the short supply. "Our intravenous fluids almost doubled in price in just a few months," he says.
Transdermal methimazole in hyperthyroid cats
Winn Feline Foundation
Cats can be difficult to medicate orally, so other routes of administration of commonly used essential medications that are easier for caregivers to administer are very desirable. This retrospective study of 60 client-owned cats with newly diagnosed, naturally occurring hyperthyroidism presented to a university small animal clinic in Europe assessed the effectiveness, adverse side effects and owner compliance during long-term management of hyperthyroidism in these patients.
Straight from the horse's mouth: Antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals
Veterinary Practice News
When it comes to antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals, there are lots of dos and don'ts, veterinary experts say.
"Veterinarians should be aware that just because a pharmacokinetic study of a new drug has been performed in horses doesn't mean that enough information now exists to use that drug," said Virginia R. Fajt, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University.
Old idea, new approach: Price auditing in veterinary practice
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
Every service you perform in a veterinary practice has a cost, which includes not just the veterinarian's time, but also team members' time, facility costs, supplies and more. But when it comes time to consider all this in pricing the service, practice owners often hit a wall. They use regional data and surveys to set fees, but when the pet owner asks why a service costs that much, what's a veterinarian to say?
Dolphins are attracted to magnets: Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals
Springer Science+Business Media via ScienceDaily
Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say. Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects.
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