Poll: Cannabinoid Treatments for Pets?
We asked our Facebook fans: Have you been asked by pet owners about cannabinoid treatments for their pets? We received nearly 200 responses.
What Do Veterinarians Need to Know About Pets and Pot?
Veterinarians should be prepared to treat pets that have ingested marijuana as more states move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. They should also be prepared for questions about the therapeutic benefits of CBD and cannabis.
Pot Meds for Pets?
Under California’s Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, veterinarians can have their license either revoked or suspended for discussing medicinal cannabis with a client. SB 627 would change that. “Veterinarians should be the ones giving people guidance on how to do this, not people with zero medical training like the guy working behind the counter at the recreational cannabis dispensary,” contends Dr. Gary Richter.
Are We Doing Enough to Support Colleagues at Risk for Suicide?
Being able to recognize and respond to indications that someone is thinking of suicide can help avert a death by suicide. Are we doing enough in the veterinary profession to help those most in need — our colleagues?
Poll: Are Cat Owners Less Conscientious About Bringing Their Cats In for Preventive Care?
According to our Facebook poll for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, 83% of veterinarians thought cat owners were less likely to bring their cats into the vet for preventive care.
New Leadership at the AVMA
Read about the AVMA’s new president and president-elect and their respective goals for the organization.
Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats
“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”
AVMA Sends Veterinarians to Capitol to Discuss Legislation with Lawmakers
The AVMA brought more than 170 veterinarians to the Capitol to meet with lawmakers and discuss two pieces of legislation: the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program, which aims to close the gap of veterinary care in rural areas; and the Association Health Plans Act of 2019, which would help expand the AVMA-sponsored association health program.
Zoetis Establishes Livestock Immunotherapies Research Lab at Colorado State University
Zoetis hopes to gain a greater understanding of the livestock immune system and to generate new candidates for further research and development. The initial focus of the Incubator Research Lab will be biotherapeutics for cattle, which could yield broader implications for pigs and poultry.