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“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors.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.
Vets Plus and University of Wisconsin-Stout Host International Conference on Animal Health Nutraceuticals
“We are proud of the caliber of the scientific presenters at ICAHN,” said Dr. Ajay Srivastava, Vets Plus’ Chief Scientific Officer. “Some of the brightest minds in the nutritional science category provided public access to their work.”
Spaying and Neutering Larger Dogs May Cause Obesity, Orthopedic Problems
“For years, we’ve been taught that spaying or neutering your dog is part of being a responsible pet owner, but there really are advantages and disadvantages to consider when making that decision,” explains the study’s lead author.
New York Is First State To Ban Cat Declawing
“Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” said New York Governor Cuomo. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” Proponents of the law disagree.
Innovative Tools and Insights on Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats Presented at WSAVA
Zoetis presented data and shared innovative tools and insights into osteoarthritis (OA) pain control at the 2019 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Conference in Toronto, Canada, from July 16-19, 2019.
Meet Richard Linnehan, NASA’s First Veterinary Astronaut
This NC State adjunct professor of the College of Veterinary Medicine served as guinea pig, construction crew, and designated spacewalker during his time as a NASA mission specialist.