Americans Are Spending More on Pets Than Ever Before: $72 Billion
Pet care spending in 2018 reached a record-breaking high of $72.56 billion compared to $69.51 billion in 2017, an increase of over 4 percent. APPA’s annual industry figures cover pet spending in the market categories of food, supplies/over-the-counter (OTC) medications, veterinary care, live animal purchases and other services.
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.
2019 AAHA’s Veterinary Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats Released
To help veterinary practitioners navigate the complex and changing world of veterinary dentistry, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) released an update to the 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.
National Aquarium Veterinarians Treating Two Harp Seals
National Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center veterinary staff is caring for two impossibly adorable female harp seals named for two famous scientists, Marie Tharp and Sally Ride.
U.S. Pet Obesity Rates Are Unchanged; Conflicting Weight Loss Advice Grows
The 11th annual Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey found that 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs are classified as overweight or obese. Veterinarians need to provide sound nutritional recommendations, says APOP.
Veterinary Jobs Are Expected to Grow 19% by 2026
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says veterinary occupations are expected to add 51,700 new jobs and grow at a rate of 19% over the 2016–26 decade, almost 3 times faster than the 7% average projected for all occupations.
Stay Up to Date with CAPC Parasite Maps
Up-to-date maps from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) can help the veterinary care team in its client education efforts on heartworm — are you using them?
The History of Women in Veterinary Medicine in the U.S.
Challenges, opposition and obstacles had to be overcome by the early female pioneers in veterinary medicine in the United States. Here is a timeline of just a few of the significant milestones achieved by women who have helped pave the way for today’s female veterinarians succeeding in the profession.
Veterinary Students Use Stage III to Learn How to Operate on Animals
Veterinary students can use Washington State University’s Stage III — a hybrid immersive simulation environment comprised of a computer simulation paired with a mannequin — to learn how to operate on animals.