The Current State of Cannabis Research in Veterinary Medicine
CBD-based products have become quite popular in recent years, but with only a handful of veterinary-specific studies currently available, however, many veterinarians are at a loss regarding how to approach client questions. To address the needs of our clients and patients, we must use veterinary and human medical data in order to better understand how CBD and other cannabis products may be of benefit to animals.
What Constitutes Animal Cruelty?
Following the track of the Nov/Dec issue’s editor’s letter, this article looks at the legal status of owning a pet in the U.S. and beyond, as well as what constitutes animal cruelty beyond physical abuse.
A Voice For the Suffering
Animal cruelty is a widespread phenomenon that has serious impact on animal welfare, the wellbeing of individual animals, and our society, as well as veterinary medicine in general. A pivotal question that must be answered is this: what constitutes abuse or neglect in our patients?
For the past several years, scientists at Mars Petcare have been working on developing predictive diagnostic tools using its vast repository of anonymized pet medical records and machine learning. RenalTech, which can predict chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats 2 years prior to the patient showing any signs or symptoms of the disease, is the first one to be released.
Become a Pet Advocate!
Many times it is forgotten that our community includes those besides veterinarians, veterinary nurses, practice managers, and support staff. Pet owners and clients are the backbone of veterinary healthcare, but it is neither clients nor veterinary professionals making some of the big decisions in the industry. That is why the NAVC has launched a new Pet Health Advocacy platform. As members of this community, we want to share our feedback regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives related to pet health.
Enough Is Enough
Roughly 1 in 5 veterinarians surveyed by the AVMA reported that they had themselves been victims or knew colleagues who had been victims of cyberbullying. In this electronic age, it’s all too easy to be targeted by this type of attack, but it’s not as easy to know what to do to protect against, prevent, and fight back against a cyberbully. “Enough is enough,” writes Editor-in-Chief Simon Platt.
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.
Focus on Your Wellbeing at VMX 2020!
Personal health and wellbeing for veterinary professionals is one of the NAVC’s top priorities. That is why we are implementing many new wellness initiatives at VMX 2020, the world’s largest, leading veterinary conference. Mark your calendars for January 18-22 in Orlando, Florida where you’ll learn and grow alongside peers who motivate and inspire you.
A Crisis of Historic Proportions?
TVP Editor in Chief Simon Platt discusses the repercussions of the the anti-vaccination movement in veterinary medicine.