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Farriery Should Be Recognized In AVMA Model, Group States

A change to the guiding principles of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) could profoundly affect farriers, the farrier industry, equine veterinarians, horse owners and the horse, the American Farriers Journal believes. The draft of the Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) the AVMA uses has eliminated the farrier exemption; this model is intended to protect […]

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Are Veterinary Salaries Driving Up The Cost Of Care?

Over the past several years the number of pets in the U. S. has been on the rise, while the number of visits to veterinary hospitals has dropped. The result has been that the average cost of veterinary services throughout the country has been increasing at a rate faster than inflation. The American Veterinary Medical […]

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AVMA Aims To Address Veterinarian Shortage In Rural Areas

Veterinarians have voiced concern in recent years about a lack of public practice veterinarians serving rural areas, especially those specializing in large animals or livestock husbandry. This trend is expected to worsen in the coming years as young veterinarians demonstrate a hesitation to work the long hours required for large animal practitioners as they face […]

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Debt And Stress Main Reasons Vets Don’t Recommend Profession To Others

Less than half of all veterinarians would recommend their chosen profession to a family member or friend, reports Merck Animal Health. In a controlled study of veterinarians designed to quantify the prevalence of stress and mental illness in the veterinary profession, Merck sought to compare the findings to both previous studies and to the general […]

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Non-FDA Approved Drug Use And Veterinarian Liability

Most veterinarians follow specific standards of care when treating client horses, but off-label and compounded medication use is common in equine veterinary practices. What happens when a horse in their care has an adverse reaction to meds that are compounded or used off-label? There are some very basic criteria that should be followed to ensure […]

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Avoiding Unethical Behavior In Veterinary Medicine

One of the more popular topics during the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) conference this past December 3-7 in Orlando, Florida was that of ethics and ethical behavior in equine veterinary medicine. As such, it was also the topic of the keynote address given by Chuck Gallagher on ethical decisions faced by veterinarians in the […]

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AVMA Decides Not To Take Stance On Sunshine Act

After much discussion by several volunteer committees within the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the organization has decided not to take a stance on the Veterinarian Payments Sunshine Act at this time. The Act is based on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was developed in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act and […]

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World Health Organization Weighs In On International Ketamine Control

The Expert Committee on Drug Dependency, part of the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that ketamine, a medication commonly used during anesthesia to produce and maintain a loss of consciousness, not be placed under international control, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is not the first time such a recommendation has been handed […]

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Veterinarians Fighting Reclassification Of Anesthesia Drug

Veterinarians are fighting a proposed reclassification of the drug ketamine by the World Health Organization (WHO), saying that additional international controls over the availability of the drug could make it difficult for them to use it in clinical practice. The WHO plans to discuss ketamine’s classification during a Nov. 16-20 meeting in Geneva and is […]

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Idaho Senator Re-introduces Bill That Reduces Veterinary Loan Repayment

Veterinarians whose practices focus on public health or food animal medicine in designated shortage areas across the country will benefit by a bill recently reintroduced to Congress. The proposed legislation would remove the 39 percent tax on grants from the Veterinary Loan Repayment Program. Reintroduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) with support from the American Veterinary […]

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