AVMA Applauds Reintroduction of Bill to Address Rural Veterinary Shortages
Idaho and Michigan senators have reintroduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (S. 1163), which would provide educational loan assistance to food animal and public health veterinarians. There is a widespread shortage of these essential veterinarians, mainly due to regional and income disparity when compared to small animal vets.
Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital Opens Its New $2.7 Million Emergency Room
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine—a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care—recently opened the Richard Lichter Emergency Room thanks to the generous donation made by Richard Lichter, a member of Penn Vet’s Board of Overseers and co-chair of The Power of Penn Vet Campaign. The massive expansion will directly benefit the multitudes of sick and injured animals that come through the hospital every day.
Cornell Launches Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship focuses on four pillars: education, economics research, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Through its educational program development efforts, CVBE will offer a variety of educational programs including a new DVM certificate program, as well as post-graduate executive education.
National Aquarium Animal Rescue Releases Harp Seal
After spending more than two months at the National Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore, a young female harp seal named Marie Tharp was finally healthy enough to be released back into the ocean.
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.
John Ball Zoo Lion Dies of Cancer
Veterinarians for John Ball Zoo announced that a 12-year-old female African lion named Bakari died. Bakari had been treated for lymphoma by the zoo’s veterinary team.
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.