The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have collaborated on the publication of new health guidelines for dogs and cats. Developed in response to startling statistics that indicate visits to veterinarians are declining while preventable diseases in pets are increasing, these guidelines are designed to provide the foundation for the veterinary practice team to promote preventive veterinary medicine.
The guidelines are a tool to help ensure complete checkups by providing a springboard for veterinarians to explain to their clients the importance of each step in the preventive care checkup, without being overly prescriptive.
To view the new guidelines, visit the AAHA website.
Federal legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives which would significantly impact prescribing practices of veterinarians. H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, was introduced by Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-2) and Rep. Lee Terry (NE-2) on April 6th and referred to the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.
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The following is the American Veterinary Medical Association’s response to undercover footage released by Mercy For Animals depicting abuse of farm animals at E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas.
April 28, 2011
It seems that every few months another undercover video is released by an animal rights organization showing abuse of animals on a farm or in a processing facility. Typically, when these abuses come to light, the AVMA condemns the behavior and encourages full prosecution of those responsible for the abuse. This is what we did following the release of the latest such video, which showed the horrifying abuse of calves at a cattle farm in Texas.
New OVMA President Dr. Linda Lord (left) thanks Immediate Past President Dr. Jason Johnston, right, for his service.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 15, 2011 — Columbus veterinarian Linda Lord was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At an awards ceremony at OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference in late February, Dr. Lord formally accepted the position from the previous president, Dr. Jason Johnston of Troy.
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the routine tail docking of cattle at its Oct. 27 meeting. The decision followed a thoughtful review and discussion of information from the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the policy statement of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
The Student Externship Locator and the Training and Service Opportunities in Conservation, Environmental, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine are resources which have recently been developed by the AVMA in response to membership need. Each of these databases continues to grow as relevant programs are submitted by universities, practices, agencies and organizations.
CHICAGO — In light of a recent federal court decision, four national organizations representing veterinarians, dentists and physicians called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today to exclude health professionals from controversial new regulation intended to combat identity theft.
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