Poll: Have You Suspected Clients of Obtaining Opioids for Personal Use?
We asked our Facebook users, ”Have you ever suspected a pet parent of obtaining opioids for his or her pet so he or she can use the painkillers themselves?“ 62% answered ”yes“ and 38% said ”no.“
UC Davis PET Research to Improve Racehorse Safety and Welfare
A significant advance in veterinary research is coming to the racetrack in the form of a standing equine PET scanner. The machine will soon be available at Santa Anita Park, marking a major milestone in the battle against racetrack injuries.
WSAVA Adds Animal Welfare Guidelines
WSAVA, which is dedicated to advancing the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide, has released its animal welfare guidelines.
AVMA Releases Its First-Ever Guidelines for Depopulation of Animals
The AVMA published Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made. “Humanely ending the lives of animals is one of the most difficult, but necessary, tasks for veterinarians to oversee,” said Dr. Steven Leary, chair of the panel on depopulation.
Global Advocate of the Role of Veterinarians in Animal Welfare Recognized with WSAVA Award
Dr. Melissa Bain , an American veterinarian, board-certified in both animal welfare and behavior, has been announced as the recipient of this year’s World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Companion Animal Welfare. Dr. Bain is a professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
CSI Veterinarian Helps Investigate Animal Crimes
Dr. Adam Stern has solved more than 500 animal crimes. This “CSI Vet” has seen some of the most horrific types of animal crimes imaginable.
FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Announces New Resource Guide to Safely Prescribing Opioids
Veterinarians are on the front lines when it comes to combating the opioid epidemic that has gripped much of our country. Keeping opioids secure in the veterinary practice, while retaining access for patients who need pain control, is a primary concern. To address this concern, the FDA published a resource that will help veterinarians comply …
Searching for Ethical Guidance
Veterinary ethics teaching and application in practice have changed considerably recently. When it was first taught, veterinary ethics dealt mostly with aspects of professionalism, with little focus on the ethical questions such as euthanasia decision-making. Ethics is now included in most veterinary curricula, not least because it is an expected Day-1 competency for veterinary graduates …
When Animal Abuse Darkens Your Door
An Interview With Melinda Merck, DVM Dr. Melinda Merck’s name has become internationally associated with veterinary forensics. Most notably, and recently, she played a critical role in the Michael Vick case, performing necropsies on the abused dogs. Her work allowed the prosecution to put together the details of the case, leading to the NFL quarterback’s …