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Veterinary involvement key to White House’s plan to fight antibiotic resistance

Source: AVMA @ Work

(March 30, 2015) Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-resistant bacteria cause about 2 million illnesses and more than 23,000 deaths in the United States every year. Without safe and effective antibiotics, we would face increased difficulties in our ability to treat and prevent many common illnesses, or provide safe and healthy food...

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I Am a Person for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Source: National Review

(May 7, 2015) We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in — human slavery? Or fourscore years later, how could the saintly Lincoln, an implacable opponent of slavery, have nevertheless spoken of and believed in African inferiority? ...

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Florida Vet’s Big Idea Is a Small One

Source: Veterinary Practice News

(March 20, 2015) Miami veterinarian Barry Goldberg, DVM, may be onto something if his start-up business follows the successful course of CVS Pharmacy’s Minute Clinic chain.

Dr. Goldberg in late January opened a kiosk-style veterinary clinic inside a Pet Supplies Plus store in Pinellas Park, Fla. The EZ Vet station employs a veterinarian and veterinary technician who diagnose and treat minor ailments and offer non-emergency services such as vaccinations and check-ups...

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AVMA Judicial Council to review complaints against Texas veterinarian accused of killing cat with bow and arrow

Source: AVMA

(April 20, 2015) On Friday, April 17, the image of a veterinarian posing with a cat she claimed to have shot with a bow and arrow quickly went viral and led to an outpouring of anger and disgust from around the world.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) was equally appalled and disturbed by this image, and immediately took action to assess the situation while responding to individual complaints via social media and telephone. A special e-mail address, JudicialCouncil@avma.org, has been established to gather complaints regarding this situation and forward to the AVMA Judicial Council, which investigates all matters concerning allegations of unethical conduct of veterinarians. The AVMA Judicial Council can take action up to, and including, dismissal from the AVMA in accordance with the AVMA’s Rules of Disciplinary Procedures...

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USDA wants dog breeder accreditation

Source: JAVMA News

(April 1, 2015) The Department of Agriculture is supporting an effort to create dog care standards that could eventually lead to development of a privately operated dog breeder accreditation program.

Animal advocates think such a program could help reduce animal suffering...

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[New York State] Assembly acts to protect animals' vocal cords

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

(March 28, 2015) The state Assembly yesterday approved legislation that would ban "convenience" devocalization procedures on dogs and cats and restrict procedures to cases where vocal cord removal was medically necessary to treat or relieve animals with physical injuries or illnesses....

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SPECIAL REPORT-Vets face conflicting loyalties to animals, farmers - and drug firms

Source: Reuters

(December 23, 2014) In 2016, a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy will give veterinarians a key role in combating a surge in antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" that infect humans. For the first time, the agency will require veterinarians, not farmers, to decide whenever antibiotics used by people are given to animals...

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