2014 Newsletter Archive
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2014 Newsletter Archive

December 2014—Ensuring veterinary care is accessible to everyone

In this issue:

  • After seeing case after case of preventable disease coming into the emergency clinic, one HSVMA member was moved to do something to enable more of her community's pets live safe and healthy lives...more»
  • This past year, more than 1,300 veterinary professionals advocated for the well-being of farm and companion animals and wildlife in a variety of ways...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS fondly recalls their experience working with a San Carlos Apache tribal member who helped bring positive change to the community after a deadly outbreak of a rare disease...more»
  • HSVMA members can now take advantage of a cost-effective professional liability insurance program with Wells Fargo Insurance...more»

November 2014—Giving thanks for helping hands, plus RAVS 2015 schedule announced

In this issue:

  • Learn how, thanks to the quick initial treatment at the RAVS clinic and a group of veterinary student volunteers from UC Davis, Boo is now well on her way to a full recovery—and a new life...more»
  • Imagine how much more progress could be made in reducing pet overpopulation if sterilization was as easy as an injection...more»
  • Want to volunteer with HSVMA-RAVS next year? The 2015 clinic schedule is now available...more»
  • The Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts is seeking a veterinarian! Learn more about this position and other openings in our Career Center...more»

October 2014—Gas chambers: How humane are they?

In this issue:

  • HSVMA board member Dr. Michael Blackwell, explains why gas chambers are not humane in a shelter setting, and why he advocates euthanasia by injection as the preferred method...more»
  • Election Day is just one week away, on November 4. If you live in Michigan or Maine, your vote can make a huge impact on protecting wildlife in your state! ...more»
  • Developing corporate partnerships—like the one we have with Abaxis—enables RAVS to stay current on new technologies and therapies, and ultimately helps animals...more»
  • We want to know which CE topics you would like us to cover in our webinar series next year. Take our short survey by October 31 to tell us which topics interest you most...more»

September 2014—Paving the road

In this issue:

  • After its very rapid emergence, Shelter Medicine was formally granted provisional recognition as a veterinary specialty for the first time earlier this year...more»
  • HSVMA Leadership Council member Dr. Barry Kipperman would like veterinarians to share their thoughts on the effects of economic limitations of clients on quality of practice and professional satisfaction...more»
  • From its humble beginnings as a small-scale vaccination clinic, HSVMA-RAVS has grown to serve more than 7,000 animals each year. View the incredible work RAVS has done just over the past decade in...more»
  • Join us on October 8 as renowned veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, discusses ways to address separation anxiety in dogs through behavior modification and new drug combinations....more»

August 2014—Giving animal victims a voice

In this issue:

  • Beth Wictum, director of the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Forensics Unit,explains how veterinary forensics not only helps solve crimes against animals, but also helps in crimes against humans too...more»
  • Last month, the AVMA's House of Delegates voted for improved welfare in pregnant sow housing. New policy language calls for sows to have adequate space to engage in normal postures...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS and the San Francisco SPCA have a long tradition of working together and sharing resources that serve to better each other. Learn how working together has helped each group grow...more»
  • Join us next month for a webinar focusing on farm animal welfare, and in October for a webinar on separation anxiety in dogs...more»

July 2014—Can veterinarians do more to protect wildlife?

In this issue:

  • HSVMA member, Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP, calls for more collaboration between the veterinary profession and professional wildlife organizations to refine the wildlife research project approval, inspection, and follow-up processes to prevent more negative outcomes for the animals...more»
  • HSVMA--along with primatologists and other animal protection organizations--support the Captive Primate Safety Act, which would prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes, and other non-human primates...more»
  • Dr. Paul Badeau has looked up to Dr. Billy Pomper since he was a kid. Now they not only work together day-to-day, but are also enthusiastic RAVS volunteers. And this summer marked the first time they had the chance to volunteer together...more»
  • HSVMA members receive a free subscription to Animal Sheltering magazine! If you are a member and are not receiving the magazine, log-in to your profile to make sure your information is up-to-date. If you're not a member, join now...more»

June 2014—Time to turn things around for sows

In this issue:

  • HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Barry Kellogg, shares his excitement for the AVMA House of Delegates meeting in July, which will vote on an HSVMA petition asking the AVMA to add "turn around" language to their existing pregnant sow housing policy...more»
  • Earlier this month, a group of HSVMA members and staff spoke to California lawmakers about pending animal-welfare bills. Learn how you, too, can share your veterinary expertise with legislators in your state...more»
  • A pre-veterinary student steps out of his comfort zone to volunteer with HSVMA-RAVS and not only came away with more practical veterinary experience, but also learned more about himself in the process...more»
  • Our next webinar isn't until September, so why not check out some of our past webinars you may have missed? They cover topics from emergency wildlife care to the latest on spay/neuter research...more»

May 2014—Compassionate end-of-life care for pets

In this issue:

  • Dr. Page Yaxley, founder and director of Veterinary Hospice Care at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, describes the growing public interest in veterinary hospice and the need to train veterinary students in end-of-life care...more»
  • Get an update on three pieces of legislation that would impact the welfare of equines and other species and would affect practice parameters for mobile and ambulatory veterinarians...more»
  • An HSVMA-RAVS student volunteer stepped out of her comfort zone to learn how to do procedures that intimidated her, and returned to veterinary school with new-found skills and confidence...more»
  • Are your feline patients coming in less and less? Does your practice meet the unique needs of cats? Sign up for our webinar on June 12 for easy steps to bring feline patients back to your practice!...more»

April 2014—Non-therapeutic antibiotic use puts us all at risk

In this issue:

  • Former FDA veterinarian, former United States Public Health Service chief veterinarian, and current HSVMA Leadership Council member, Dr. Michael Blackwell, makes the argument for ending the routine practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy livestock to compensate for overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary conditions on industrial farms...more»
  • Learn all HSVMA accomplished last year, including treating more than 4,200 animals through HSVMA-RAVS and reaching more than 1,600 veterinary professionals through our webinar series...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS returned to Peru to provide veterinary care for 1,350 working equids, educational materials to horse owners and local children, and participated in public health discussions with community members...more»
  • Join us June 27-30 in Washington, DC for Taking Action for Animals -- the nation's largest animal advocacy conference. HSVMA members can receive $10 off the full-conference registration fee!...more»

March 2014—Selective breeding – putting canine health at risk?

In this issue:

  • Selective breeding has created hundreds of modern dog breeds and often puts purebred dogs at risk for a large number of health problems, affecting both body and behavior. What are the unintended consequences of this quest for the "perfect" dog?...more»
  • Join more than 600 of your colleagues in urging the AVMA to expand its policy to specify that pregnant sows should have enough room to stand up, fully turn around, and stretch their limbs...more»
  • Dr. Paul Breckenridge, Senior Staff Veterinarian for HSVMA-RAVS, shares how a conversation with a veterinary student inspired him to volunteer with the program that eventually led to a dream job...more»
  • We hope you'll join us in May for Animal Care Expo! Veterinary professionals can earn up to 16 hours of CE, and HSVMA members are eligible for a $25 discount on the full conference registration fee...more»

February 2014—It's World Spay Day!

In this issue:

  • HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Barry Kellogg, participated at the University of Florida's World Spay Day event, and shares with us why he walked away from the event saying, "WOW"...more»
  • Carriage horse rides are popular tourist attractions in many cities, but they place the horses in inappropriate environments that are detrimental to their health and well-being...more»
  • Treating a "broken" 3-month-old kitten, as well as the impact of the Standing Rock community and fellow HSVMA-RAVS team members, changed one volunteer's life...more»
  • We hope to see you in sunny Daytona Beach, Fla. this May for Animal Care Expo! HSVMA members are eligible for a $25 discount on the full conference registration fee...more»

January 2014—Join the adventure – volunteer with HSVMA-RAVS!

In this issue:

  • Want to join the adventure that is an HSVMA-RAVS field clinic? Read about a first-time veterinary volunteer's experience at the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona, and learn how you can get involved!...more»
  • Did you know there are legislative caucuses that aim to represent veterinary professionals' concerns about veterinary medicine and animal protection at both federal and state levels?...more»
  • Refer three colleagues to become new HSVMA members, and we'll extend your membership for one year! Refer six new members, and we'll give you two free years...more»
  • Do clients ask you for advice about dog training programs? Join us next week to learn about training methods and how identify trainers to recommend to your clients...more»

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