Newsletter Archive

Read previous issues of HSVMA Monthly News below. Looking for previous issues of the HSVMA Student Newsletter?

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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»

December 2013—Is there a change for community cats on the horizon?

In this issue:

  • Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, shares her vision for how shelters and the communities they serve can work together to make a real difference for community cats...more»
  • Last month, the AVMA and select members from diverse backgrounds discussed animals' welfare and the veterinarians’ responsibilities to protect it...more»
  • High-quality veterinary field medicine. Teamwork. Teaching. A Learning experience. Long days and short nights. The excitement of success...more»
  • HSVMA member, Dr. Rey del Napoles, has been working with Humane Society International to aid the animal victims of Typhoon Haiyan...more»

November 2013—How safe are pet food and treats?

In this issue:

  • HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Barry Kellogg, addresses questions about how pet food recalls impact the clients and animals we care for, and also interviews a pet food company owner about current industry regulations and oversight...more»
  • More than 600 veterinary professionals joined us this year in support of legislation aimed at improving the well-being of farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife species...more»
  • Each year, HSVMA-RAVS and our student chapter program team up to help first and second year veterinary students get a jump-start on their suturing skills...more»
  • Through their new campaign, Humane Alliance offers some great veterinary resources and hands-on training in pediatric spay/neuter...more»

October 2013—Smoking puts pets at risk, plus a new member benefit

In this issue:

  • HSVMA member, Dr. Alexandra Swanson, outlines the facts about how cigarette smoke causes multiple health problems in animals and explains why secondhand smoking is also an animal welfare issue...more»
  • It's not too early to begin planning for World Spay Day! Learn what past participants have to say about their experiences, plus get tips to help you get started. It's not too early to begin planning for World Spay Day! Learn what past participants have to say about their experiences, plus get tips to help you get started...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS volunteers visited the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota and help a young Shih-Tzu mix and her family on their way to a happy ending...more»
  • We're excited to announce a new member benefit from Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratory Services, and an upgraded member discount from Wiley-Blackwell...more»

September 2013—Improve human health through better animal welfare

In this issue:

  • Dr. Joann Lindenmayer explains why the Massachusetts legislature should pass a bill that would ban extreme confinement of animals for the betterment of human and animal health...more»
  • This summer, HSVMA and HSI presented the initial findings of their Veterinary Report on Bullfighting, which evaluated the distress experienced by bulls in the bullfighting arena...more»
  • Dr. Ahne Simonsen reflects on this year's HSVMA-RAVS equine clinics in Nicaragua, and how these trips have made a difference over the years by teaching community sustainability...more»
  • An informal survey conducted at this year's AVMA Convention shone some light on veterinary professionals' thoughts on animal welfare issues...more»

August 2013—Advances in non-surgical sterilization – surgery no longer required?

In this issue:

  • HSVMA Leadership Council Member, Dr. Zarah Hedge, shares updates from the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs' 5th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Methods of Pet Population Control...more»
  • In July, the House of Representatives passed its Farm Bill with the radical and overreaching King amendment, which threatens the health and welfare of farm animals and other species...more»
  • We are excited to announce the addition of RAVS Senior Staff Veterinarian, Paul Breckenridge, DVM, to the HSVMA staff. He brings a varied background and wealth of experience to the team...more»
  • Do you know a veterinary professional or student who goes above and beyond? We want to know about them! We are accepting nominations for our annual awards through October 15, 2013...more»

July 2013—Wolves at risk, plus RAVS blogs about recent clinics

In this issue:

  • A native Michigander and HSVMA member explains she supports a grassroots movement to stop a reinstated state wolf hunt -- the first hunt in decades -- that further threatens the state's already fragile wolf population...more»
  • Nearly 300 Northeastern veterinarians have endorsed legislative reforms that would protect breeding pigs and veal calves from extreme and continuous confinement in small cages...more»
  • Last month, HSVMA-RAVS returned to South Dakota for two weeks of wellness and surgery clinics serving the people and animals of the Sioux and Lakota tribes...more»
  • HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor, Dr. Barry Kellogg, reports on the results of the recommendations of the AVMA's Animal Welfare Committee...more»

June 2013—Should hunters be required to use lead-free ammo?

In this issue:

  • An HSVMA member and avian veterinarian shares her experience with lead toxicity in wild birds and urges other veterinarians to show their support for California legislation that would require only non-lead ammunition be used by hunters in the state...more»
  • Your support is needed to protect the ability of veterinarians to perform remote services in disaster response, cruelty cases, and other critical settings...more»
  • A former marketing professional enrolled in veterinary school and found her passion for animals, people, and medicine solidified while volunteering for HSVMA-RAVS in North Dakota...more»
  • How do you use social media -- both personally and professionally? Is your practice on Facebook? Are you a Twitter junkie? We want to know...more»

May 2013—Improving pet health in underserved communities

In this issue:

  • HSVMA members recently participated in three Pets for Life clinics that cumulatively served more than 1,200 animals. Learn how you can get involved with reaching populations of animals that may have never seen a veterinarian before...more»
  • HSVMA supports legislation designed to provide legal and financial recourse to people who unknowingly purchase sick animals from pet dealers...more»
  • A two-week surgical training course in El Salvador benefited local veterinary students, Salvadorans and their pets...more»
  • We are pleased to announce the recipients of our annual achievement awards for 2012 and honor these doctors for their contributions to animal welfare...more»

April 2013—Using your expertise to help animals outside the clinic

In this issue:

  • HSVMA member and senior veterinary medical advisor Barry Kellogg, VMD, recounts the not-so-typical extended weekend he spent helping a sanctuary relocate their animals...more»
  • A recent scientific, animal welfare-based conference addressed the issue of cats and wildlife, and allowed participants to work towards the goal of ways to humanely reducing the impact of outdoor cats...more»
  • A veterinary student volunteer recalls how reaching out to one family during a recent HSVMA-RAVS trip to White Mountain, Ariz. may have made a huge difference for them and their dog...more»
  • Get information about our upcoming webinar on ways to determine whether a client is a rescuer or a hoarder. Plus, view our previous webinars, including one on handling difficult cats presented by Dr. Sophia Yin...more»

March 2013—Do veterinarians have a responsibility to inform clients of lifetime veterinary care costs?

In this issue:

  • HSVMA member, Dr. Barry Kipperman, discusses why he believes the veterinary profession should inform clients of the lifetime costs of veterinary medical care and/or provide them with information about insurance coverage...more»
  • Find out how we are working to stop the extreme confinement of farm animals in several states, and how you can get involved...more»
  • A volunteer recalls her start with HSVMA-RAVS as a veterinary student, and how her involvement has evolved since she has graduated...more»
  • HSVMA's Wildlife Care Basics for Veterinary Hospitals handbook is now available, and HSVMA members can purchase this resource at the discounted rate of $25...more»

January 2013—Avoiding burnout through volunteerism

In this issue:

  • Will Mangham, DVM has discovered the secret to avoiding professional fatigue—by volunteering for The Humane Society of the United States' Pets for Life program...more»
  • Get tips for getting involved in World Spay Day this year, and download a customizable poster to advertise your event...more»
  • Sarah Hurley, CVT is the ideal volunteer. Read how this 10-year HSVMA-RAVS veteran volunteer gives back year-round...more»
  • Join us for a special presentation at NAVC and learn about upcoming webinars on World Spay Day and low-stress cat handling...more»

December 2012—Collaboration between physicians and veterinarians benefits all species

In this issue:

  • Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. discusses "zoobiquity" and describes how growing interest in the concept is creating momentum for the development of an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to medical concerns...more»
  • The EPA is seeking input from veterinarians about the harm rodenticides are causing to fill critical data gaps and support new safety measures...more»
  • Seven thousand animals. More than one million dollars in veterinary services. Twenty-three communities. These are some numbers that represent the work of HSVMA-RAVS in 2012, but they don't describe who was helped...more»
  • Through the end of this month, you can play Joy Kingdom on Facebook to help HSVMA-RAVS provide vaccinations and medical care to the animals of the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona...more»

November 2012—The Veterinarian's Oath and Factory Farming

In this issue:

  • HSVMA member Dr. Jon Geller xplores the reasons why farm animal welfare is unacceptable by the standards of any other animal, and what veterinary professionals can do to make a difference...more»
  • The veterinary voice is needed to help the nearly 950 chimpanzees languishing in U.S. laboratories reach sanctuary...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS is working with Guadalajaran veterinarians to make their spay/neuter program successful despite working with limited resources...more»
  • Earn CE by registering for upcoming webinars, and by viewing our previous webinars...more»

October 2012—Helping At-Risk Horses

In this issue:

  • HSVMA member and large animal veterinarian, Dr. Grant Miller, shares some tips for helping your clients who may be facing difficult decisions about their horse's future...more»
  • Learn about the humane legislation HSVMA has been working to pass this year, and how you can help...more»
  • Read how HSVMA-RAVS has made an impact on both the life and future career of one veterinary student...more»
  • Check out our upcoming events, including a webinar on wildlife care and another on zoonotic diseases...more»

September 2012—Are you prepared for a disaster?

In this issue:

  • Dr. Barry Kellogg, HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor and disaster response expert, shares some tips about how to ensure your clinic is prepared for a natural disaster or human-caused emergency...more»
  • HSVMA welcomes the announcement of the American College of Animal Welfare being recognized as the 22nd veterinary specialty organization...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS' reach extends far beyond each trip, providing opportunities to make a difference for veterinary students every day...more»
  • Current HSVMA members are eligible for a 20% discount from Wiley-Blackwell, the largest publisher for professional and scholarly societies...more»

August 2012—Helping the Underserved

In this issue:

  • Check out HSVMA-RAVS in action on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation earlier this month, as reported by Amber Schatz with KXMB-TV in Bismarck, N.D. ...more»
  • Last month, former FDA veterinarian and HSVMA member Dr. Michael Blackwell joined two farmers on Capitol Hill to address the importance of upholding antibiotic integrity by supporting PAMTA...more»
  • We are pleased to announce the addition of Erin Spencer, CVT, VTS (ECC) to the HSVMA-RAVS team! She brings 10 years of emergency veterinary experience to the program...more»
  • Read about a member's experience volunteering in Mexico, and learn why volunteering your expertise is not only rewarding for the people and animals helped, but also for you...more»

July 2012—Farewell to Foie Gras

In this issue:

  • Dr. Laurie Siperstein-Cook describes why force-feeding is cruel, and why she believes all veterinary professionals should back the California ban on foie gras...more»
  • Learn how you can protect wildlife and hunting dogs by supporting a California bill that would ban hounding of bears and bobcats...more»
  • Darci Adams works daily to improve the lives of animals as the South Dakota State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. She also spends several weeks in the field with the HSVMA-RAVS team each summer...more»
  • We are excited to be attending a number of conferences in the coming months. Check out where we will be, and be sure to stop by our booth if you will be attending any of the events...more»

June 2012—Advocating for Improved Animal Welfare

In this issue:

  • Dr. Michael Blackwell shares his views on a variety of topics and what he believes the role of the veterinary profession should be in promoting improved animal welfare...more»
  • Learn the facts about soring—a practice used to shape the gait of show horses—and what you can do to help end the practice...more»
  • Teaching is difficult as it is, but language barriers and cultural gaps make the job even more challenging—and rewarding...more»
  • Members: We want to hear from you! Tell us more about yourself and what you would like from HSVMA...more»

May 2012—The Future of the Veterinary Profession

In this issue:

  • Dr. Michael W. Fox outlines some of the issues posing problems for the veterinary proession's future and what veterinarians and others in the profession can do to turn things around...more»
  • Learn why the veterinary voice is needed in the legislative arena and how you can help by participating in your state's Humane Lobby Day...more»
  • Two veterinary students' encounter with a dog named Marley on their first HSVMA-RAVS trip helps reaffirm their committment to veterinary medicine...more»
  • Social networking doesn't have to be intimidating, and can actually benefit you professionally! Plus, learn the ways you can connect with HSVMA...more»

April 2012—Promoting the Welfare of Racehorses and Farmed Animals

In this issue:

  • Growing awareness of the prevalence of raceday medications, as well as injuries to both horses and jockeys, have raised questions about the practice. Learn why humane care—not drugs—promote soundness of racehorses...more»
  • HSVMA opposes "ag-gag" bills—legislation that would criminalize undercover investigations of suspected abuse at agricultural facilities...more»
  • A first-time HSVMA-RAVS volunteer learns the harsh reality of life for both people and animals on one reservation...more»
  • HSVMA has negotiated special conference rates to three upcoming conferences for our members...more»

March 2012—Humane Legislation for Hens and Pets

In this issue:

  • Congressman Kurt Schrader, the only veterinarian serving in the United States Congress, has introduced legislation that would establish basic uniform standards for the housing and treatment of laying hens in the United States...more»
  • HSVMA is one of the co-sponsors of a California bill that would prohibit landlords from requiring their tenant’s companion animals be declawed or devocalized...more»
  • We are proud to announce that Dr. Ahne Simonsen of Colorado has joined the HSVMA-RAVS team as a full-time staff veterinarian...more»
  • Submit your nominations for veterinary professionals who represent the mission of HSVMA to protect and advocate for the welfare of animals...more»

February 2012—Beyond the Call of Duty

In this issue:

  • Learn how getting involved with a spay/neuter event could be a benefit for your practice and make a difference for animals in your community who might not otherwise receive medical care...more»
  • HSVMA urges AVMA members to submit comments on a variety of animal welfare policy statements by March 1...more»
  • Spotlight on Tracy Darling, RVT, VTS (SAIM), who has been indispensible to HSVMA's Rural Area Veterinary Services for the past eight years...more»
  • HSVMA will be at a number of veterinary conferences in the coming months, and we invite you to visit our booth...more»

January 2012—New Year, New Website

In this issue:

  • We're excited to announce that we launched a new, streamlined website boasting a more modern design and new features...more»
  • Make a difference for animals both inside and outside the clinic by participating in Humane Lobby Day 2012...more»
  • Veterinarians and veterinary technicians are needed for all of our 2012 U.S. HSVMA-RAVS clinics. Check out the trip schedule and apply now...more»
  • Take a look back at our accomplishments in our 2011 Year in Review. Members will receive a copy in the mail in the next few weeks...more»

December 2011—The Ethics of Convenience

In this issue:

  • Are "convenience surgeries" such as declawing and devocalization really ethical, since they place patients at risk without imparting physical benefit?...more»
  • HSVMA encourages veterinary professionals to participate in World Spay Day 2012. Find out the many ways you can make a difference...more»
  • HSVMA congratulates Dr. Maria Jose Vargas on her appointment as the first female dean of The University of El Salvador College of Veterinary Medicine...more»
  • Beginning next year, HSVMA members will receive the award-winning Animal Sheltering magazine as part of our benefits package...more»

November 2011—Ethics and dog breeding

In this issue:

  • Designer breeds can sure be cute, but at what cost? Dr. Paula Kislak gives a brief overview of the history of Canis lupus familiaris and encourages all stakeholders to work together to improve canine health and welfare...more»
  • The new animal care standards recently released by the Missouri Department of Agriculture are a step in the right direction, but additional reform is needed...more»
  • Step into the life of a volunteer on an HSVMA-RAVS equine clinic—it's hectic, it's difficult, it tests your skills, but it provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience...more»
  • Join us for two upcoming webinar opportunities: feline elimination disorders for veterinary and shelter professionals and job search tips for veterinary students...more»

October 2011—Rhode Island's Guardianship Statute at the Ten Year Mark

In this issue:

  • HSVMA board member Dr. Gary Block takes a look back at the Rhode Island legislature's 2001 decision to use "guardian" in the state's animal cruelty laws and how that word has—or hasn't—had an effect in the state...more»
  • Last month saw two advances in the effort to protect horses headed to slaughter: a ban on transport in double-decker trailers and a proposed ban on the export of horses for human consumption...more»
  • An HSVMA-RAVS student volunteer recounts her experience with a field clinic this summer and how her expectations didn't always match up with reality—for the better...more»
  • The second annual Equitarian Workshop kicked off this week in Veracruz, Mexico. Read Dr. David Turoff's daily updates from the field...more»

September 2011—Preparing for a Disaster

In this issue:

  • In recognition of National Preparedness Month, HSVMA shares disaster-planning tips for veterinary and animal care facilities...more»
  • Dr. Wendy Swift explains why euthanasia by injection is the most humane form of euthanasia for animals and why gas chambers should be banned from animal shelters...more»
  • Two exceptional veterinarians join the HSVMA Leadership Council: Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, a seasoned RAVS veterinarian, and Dr. Brian Forsgren of Ohio...more»
  • HSVMA is offering a limited number of free spay/neuter promotional kits to help with client and community education efforts...more»

August 2011—Making the Case for High-Volume Spay/Neuter

In this issue:

  • Dr. Sara White discusses the benefits of low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter programs...more»
  • HSVMA encourages AVMA members to submit thoughts on new euthanasia guidelines by Sept 1st...more»
  • HSVMA-RAVS recently helped 400 animals on a Native American reservation in South Dakota...more»
  • Don't miss out on our upcoming events, including a CE-accredited webinar and equine workshop in Mexico...more»

July 2011—The Veterinarian's Voice Against Animal Abuse

In this issue:

  • Dr. Debra Teachout, a consultant on animal abuse cases, shares her experience...more»
  • HSVMA applauds the agreement reached to improve the welfare of egg-laying hens...more»
  • Check out HSVMA-RAVS' year-to-date progress report and video to see how we're helping....more»
  • Join HSVMA for a free webinar entitled "kitty kindergarten"...more»

June 2011—Veterinary Leadership Needed for Wash. Ballot Initiative 1130

In this issue:

  • Critical measure would prohibit the confinement of an estimated 6 million egg-laying hens...more»
  • HSVMA urges veterinarians to speak to horse owners about the highly contagious EHV-1...more»
  • An injured dog from the White Mountain Apache Reservation is no longer on his last leg...more»
  • Take part in one of HSVMA's free, educational webinars offered this month...more»

May 2011—Volunteer Opportunities for Veterinary Professionals and Students

In this issue:

  • Interested in volunteering your time? HSVMA is your resource for getting out of the clinic and into the field...more»
  • HSVMA recently hosted educational presentations for animal shelter and rescue group representatives during Animal Care Expo 2011...more»
  • A Tufts veterinary student has created a study to improve the medical care provided to animals in the field...more»
  • HSVMA just presented its second annual Veterinary Advocate and Direct Care Practitioner of the Year awards...more»

April 2011—Advocating for the Welfare of Animals Used in Research

In this issue:

  • There are a number of ways that veterinarians can serve as advocates for animals, and becoming part of an IACUC is one of them...more»
  • Washington veterinarians are endorsing Initiative 1130, a statewide ballot measure that addresses some of the worst abuses on factory farms...more»
  • HSVMA Field Services offers assistance to Jimma University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ethiopia...more»
  • Wayne Pacelle's new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, examines our contradictory attitudes towards animals...more»

March 2011—Ontario Vet Alum Campaigns to Eliminate Terminal Surgeries

In this issue:

  • Dr. Erika Sullivan returned to her school after graduating, determined to put an end to terminal surgeries...more»
  • HSVMA is sponsoring California Assembly Bill 258, also known as Molly's Bill, to provide exemption from rabies vaccination...more»
  • It's not all fun and games for a volunteer veterinarian in the field, especially in impoverished countries...more»
  • Did you participate in Spay Day 2011? Enter HSVMA's Favorite Spay Day Memory Contest...more»

February 2011—Get Ready for Spay Day 2011

In this issue:

  • Find out how you can get involved, and plan to enter our contest to win a trip for two to Animal Care Expo in Orlando, Fla...more»
  • The veterinary community can take action against the cruel practice of fox penning...more»
  • HSVMA recently conducted the first continuing education course for vets in El Salvador...more»
  • Nominate an outstanding veterinary professional for HSVMA's Direct Care Veterinary Practitioner of the Year and Veterinary Advocate of the Year awards...more»

January 2011—The New Year's Puppy

In this issue:

  • Read a heartwarming story and consider ways you can become a more dedicated animal caregiver in the New Year...more»
  • As public views on animal welfare change, so must the veterinary profession—how can you become a stronger animal advocate?...more»
  • Nonprofit group, the Lakota Animal Care Project creates a program for change...more»
  • Find out how helping animals can help your business' bottom line; join us at NAVC 2011...more»

December 2010—Veterinarians and the Debate Over Non-Therapeutic Antibiotic Use

In this issue:

  • Dr. Eric Barchas, DVM, discusses the concerns of non-therapeutic antibiotic use in food-producing animals...more»
  • American College of Animal Welfare moves forward without sign-off requirement...more»
  • Dr. Eric Davis, Director of Field Services, reflects on the impact and longevity of veterinary program...more»
  • This holiday season give a Humane Gift, which helps protect pets, wildlife, and farm animals around the world...more»

November 2010—Missouri Veterinarians Celebrate Victory for Dogs

In this issue:

  • It's a victory for dogs in Missouri with the passage of Proposition B—the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act...more»
  • HSVMA presents a $25,000 grant to the University of Florida for a surgical training program...more»
  • The success of the recent Equitarian Workshop hints at future collaborations...more»
  • Meet HSVMA's Leadership Council, our advisory group of veterinary professionals and animal advocates...more»

October 2010—Prop B: What It Means for Puppy Mills in Missouri

In this issue:

  • Missouri veterinarian discusses the impact of Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act...more»
  • Join us for a free webinar about hosting or participating in a Spay Day clinic...more»
  • A young dog and his owner reunite with the Field Services team...more»
  • Nominate a vet or tech for the Direct Care Veterinary Practitioner and Veterinary Advocate of the Year awards...more»

September 2010—HSVMA Clinic Offers a Second Chance for Cali

In this issue:

  • A young pup wins over the staff and volunteers at an HSVMA Field Services clinic...more»
  • HSVMA is proud to announce the winners of our 'Tales of the Natural Tail' photo contest...more»
  • HSVMA is always looking for veterinary professionals to volunteer their time and skills on a field clinic...more»
  • HSVMA is attending veterinary conferences nationwide, and we'd love to see you; find out where we're heading next...more»

August 2010—Economic Euthanasia: A Disease in Need of Prevention

In this issue:

  • Veterinarians and the conflict they face between the desire to help animals and the clients' difficulties in meeting the increasing costs of medical care...more»
  • It's a victory for animal welfare in Catalonia, Spain, where a ban on bullfighting was recently enacted...more»
  • The sustainability of HSVMA Field Services relies on veterinary professionals that devote their time and skills as returning volunteers...more»
  • HSVMA is awarding a $500 travel stipend to ten veterinarians for our Equitarian Workshop in Vera Cruz, Mexico...more»

July 2010—Helping the Underdogs

In this issue:

  • Each year, we provide over $1 million in free veterinary services to more than 8,000 animals, in over 40 communities—watch our latest video...more»
  • HSVMA joins veterinary professionals throughout Ohio in praising a landmark agreement that will lead to significant reforms in farm animal agriculture...more»
  • HSVMA Field Services International receives a warm welcome from students and staff at the University of Colima in Tecomán, Mexico, as they conduct their first surgical training course...more»
  • HSVMA has selected three outstanding veterinary professionals as recipients of the 'Best Friend to Feral Cats' award for their significant contributions in helping feral cats in their community...more»

June 2010—Veterinarians and Puppy Mill Reform

In this issue:

  • Substandard conditions, poor husbandry, and inadequate medical care are characteristic of many commercial breeding facilities—find out what you can do to help...more»
  • HSVMA is seeking entries for our Tales of the Natural Tail Photo Contest, which highlights the special qualities of a dog's natural—as opposed to docked—tail...more»
  • Dr. Eric Davis draws on experience to compare the socioeconomic and humane standards in two very different countries, in two very similar medical situations...more»
  • HSVMA presents "Truth and Consequences in Dog Training and Behavior Modification," a free webinar for veterinary professionals and students on June 30...more»

May 2010—Veterinary Response in the Gulf

In this issue:

  • In the aftermath of the offshore rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, many veterinary professionals have reached out to offer their assistance with the oil spill response efforts...more»
  • Cats and dogs will no longer be subjected to unnecessary - and potentially harmful - surgical devocalization procedures in the state of Massachusetts...more»
  • Working with a team of international vets and students, our crew just returned from a field clinic in Mexico, where we gave one particular burro and his owner a reason to smile...more»
  • If you haven't joined HSVMA yet, now is your chance with this exclusive trial membership offer. If you're already a member, print it off and pass it on to your colleagues...more»

April 2010—Living on the Road

In this issue:

  • Every veterinary professional faces challenges on the job, but life on the road can be particularly demanding for those running mobile field clinics...more»
  • Unsterilized feral cats are a major contributor to the cat overpopulation problem -- how can veterinary professionals reduce these numbers and improve their quality of life?...more»
  • Thanks to the HSVMA Field Services team and their quick response in a life-threatening emergency, one lucky reservation dog gets a second chance at a better life...more»
  • HSVMA is pleased to announce that Dr. Michelle Gonzalez, D.V.M. is the winner of the first ever, HSVMA-sponsored Spay Day Getaway for her efforts in this year's event...more»

March 2010—Tail Docking of Dairy Cattle: A Veterinary Perspective

In this issue:

  • With sufficient evidence to debunk the touted benefits—and increasing veterinary and industry support—it's time to ban this inherently inhumane practice....more»
  • Dr. Tom Judd, DVM, an equine vet and active HSVMA member, suggests ways veterinary professionals can get involved to end horse slaughter...more»
  • Dr. Eric Davis, Director of HSVMA Field Services, reflects on the kindness of Dennis Fortin, whose foundation has provided student scholarships over the years...more»
  • HSVMA is encouraging veterinary professionals to attend the 4th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control...more»

February 2010—HSVMA Sends Third Disaster Response Team to Haiti

In this issue:

  • HSVMA—along with our partners at The HSUS and HSI—was the first team of veterinary responders to enter Haiti three weeks ago, and is now sending a third team to the devastated country...more»
  • HSVMA urges Missouri and Ohio veterinarians to join us in endorsing two new ballot initiatives for basic animal welfare reforms...more»
  • Read more about our recent surgical teaching course in the Dominican Republic, which helped two graduating students develop invaluable veterinary skills...more»
  • HSVMA is pleased to offer complimentary memberships to veterinary professionals participating in Spay Day events...more»

January 2010—Abuse in the Veal Calf Industry

In this issue:

  • Guest writer Dr. Peggy Larson, a veterinarian who spent years working in cow-calf operations, shares her experience...more»
  • It's not too late to make your New Year's resolutions. Find out what you can do to advocate for animals this year...more»
  • HSVMA Field Services - no stranger to providing free veterinary care to animals in need - steps in to help homeless horses at equine rescues and sanctuaries...more»
  • Join us at NAVC in Orlando and attend our presentation with one of the world's best-known animal behaviorists, Dr. Nicholas Dodman...more»

December 2009—Changing the Face of Animal Health Research

In this issue:

  • Guest writer Dr. Patricia Olson, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation, shares her views with us...more»
  • A team of experts from HSVMA/HSUS has submitted recommendations for the review of AVMA's Guidelines on Euthanasia...more»
  • Veterinary care continues to improve in remote areas of Appalachia, thanks to a successful program developed by HSVMA Field Services...more»
  • Veterinary Professionals: Join your colleagues and sign up online for membership with HSVMA...more»

November 2009—The Black Stallion of Pine Ridge

In this issue:

  • An unruly stallion—and its owners—prove to be a welcome challenge for an HSVMA Field Services intern...more»
  • HSVMA sponsored a poster presentation entitled "Animal Welfare-Friendly Surgery Training" at an international symposium...more»
  • HSVMA has posted the 2010 Field Services clinic schedule—sign up today!...more»
  • HSVMA is encouraging veterinary professionals to take advantage of two upcoming webinars—sign up today...more»

October 2009—End the Use of Chimps in Research

In this issue:

  • Recent investigations have exposed the painful truth behind the use of chimpanzees in research...more»
  • An HSVMA member is committed to freeing elephants from a life of captivity and suffering in circuses...more»
  • A young dog -- rescued recently on a Field Services trip -- brings peace of mind to an HSVMA veterinarian...more» 
  • HSVMA is seeking nominations for the first HSVMA Direct Care Practitioner of the Year and HSVMA Veterinary Advocate of the Year awards...more»

September 2009—We Roamed and Rambled

In this issue:

  • Dr. Eric Davis - Director of HSVMA Field Services - reflects on the field clinic successes of the season...more»
  • HSVMA member and recent UFL graduate chronicles her adventures at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon, Africa...more»
  • Recognizing Tammy Rouse—our staff Receiving Coordinator and fearless animal welfare advocate...more»
  • It's back to school time for HSVMA as our student chapter program kicks off the school year...more»

August 2009—Compassion Has No Price

In this issue:

  • A family who could not afford the proper care for their injured dog and how our compassionate team was able to help...more»
  • Our efforts in support of a bill to help ban devocalization in Massachusetts...more»
  • Two particularly special volunteers in our equine Field Services program...more»
  • New graduate Dr. Sarah Gordon receives the first Veterinary Student Advocacy Award...more»

July 2009—Vet Student Recognized With Scholarship

In this issue:

  • An HSVMA student member was recently awarded a scholarship for inspiring some major changes at her veterinary school...more»
  • Twenty-five vet students participated in a massive rescue effort to help hundreds of neglected puppy mill dogs...more»
  • Two abandoned puppies get the medical care and attention they need from our veterinary team, led by Dr. Eric Davis...more»
  • Are you an HSVMA member doing good work for animal welfare and protection? HSVMA would like to hear from you...contact us»

June 2009—Sustainability in Bolivia

In this issue:

  • HSVMA returns to Bolivia to bring positive influence and sustainability to this impoverished country...more»
  • Another HSVMA student member brings positive change to a surgery curriculum at UGA...more»
  • Veterinary professionals are now eligible to receive RACE approved continuing education credit for participating in an HSVMA clinic...more»

May 2009—Photo Contest Winner Announced!

In this issue:

  • HSVMA has awarded top honors in its "Natural Dog-Eared Photo Contest" to Remington, a 5 ½-month old Doberman Pinscher puppy...more»
  • HSVMA student member plays a pivotal role in changing the surgery curriculum at OSU...more»
  • HSVMA Field Services remembers a dear friend and loyal supporter, Rudy Futer, whose generosity and kindness should be an example for all of us...more»
  • Veterinary students from Tufts University—all members of the new HSVMA student chapter—volunteer at a local farm animal sanctuary...more»

April 2009—Field Services Kicks Off Spring Trips

In this issue:

  • Dr. Eric Davis gives us a glimpse into his world of travel, dedicated volunteers and staff, and appreciative pet owners with their companions...more»
  • HSVMA members are speaking out to strengthen regulations and improve care for dogs in puppy mill operations...more»
  • Lend your services to helping animals and mentoring student volunteers on a Field Services clinic....more»
  • Graduating seniors receive their first professional year of membership free. Check out HSVMA's member benefits and join today...more»

March 2009—Vet Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter

In this issue:

  • Guest writer Dr. Lisa Carter speaks out about the responsibility of ownership and that horse slaughter has become an "easy out"...more»
  • The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is providing guidelines for humane care and accreditation of sanctuaries internationally...more»
  • Dr. David Turoff, HSVMA Field Services volunteer, returns to Nicaragua as part of the HSVMA's Working Equine Program....more»
  • HSVMA is now on Facebook! "Like" us and invite your friends...more»

February 2009—Animal Care Expo 2009

In this issue:

  • The HSUS is offering one of the best conference experiences in animal care, sheltering, animal control and emergency services...more»
  • HSVMA has launched a new outreach effort focused on the issue of cosmetic and convenience surgeries in companion animals...more»
  • Dr. Eric Davis' dog sits in as a guest writer and chronicles his journey to becoming the resident HSVMA Field Services Chief Rez Dog Consultant....more»
  • HSVMA offers competitive insurance, discounts on publications, continuing education...more»

January 2009—Saying Goodbye to Delano

In this issue:

  • HSVMA Field Services lost a dear friend and colleague with the passing of Delano No Neck in December...more»
  • Read about Henry, a young pup who got a new lease on life, thanks to the latest student surgery program at UFL...more»
  • Join Dr. Susan Monger and her team as they return to El Salvador to work with the vet students and staff at the university...more»
  • HSVMA and Humane Society University need your help! Volunteer to become an instructor of animal first aid for disaster response...more»

December 2008—HSVMA Promotes Spay Day USA

In this issue

  • Find out what you can do to encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs to control animal overpopulation in the United States...more»
  • HSVMA launches Student Chapter program and speakers bureau at veterinary schools nationwide...more»
  • Field Services had a very successful year—thanks to two interns! Find out how Erin and Liz rose to the occasion...more»
  • HSVMA now offers insurance, as well as many other benefits, for both you and your practice...more»

November 2008—Successful Mission in Mexico

In this issue:

  • Field Services' most recent adventure—helping more than 150 horses and burros—took them to the villages around San Miguel de Allende, Mexico...more»
  • Victory! Prop 2 made history in animal welfare reform with support from California’s veterinary community...more»
  • Dr. Eric Davis, director of Field Services, and his dedicated staff share their exciting adventures from the field...more»
 
powered by MemberClicks