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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FDA Acts To Address Shortage of Sterile Fluids In Equine Medicine

News stories about a shortage of sterile fluids for use in human medicine has made headlines on national media outlets in recent weeks, but the shortage has also spilled over into the veterinary world. Three- and five-liter units of fluid for use on large animals like horses have been difficult to find, and manufacturers have […]

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American Association of Equine Practitioners Receives AVMA’s President’s Award

This week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) awarded the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) the 2013 AVMA President’s Award. During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Chicago, July 19–23, the AVMA honored some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the […]

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Veterinarians battle Drug Enforcement Agency

California veterinarians were put on notice by the Drug Enforcement Agency last spring that their transportation of controlled substances for their work violates the Controlled Substances Act. While veterinarians in other states have not received communication from the Agency, the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners are now lobbying for an […]

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Dr. Patricia Hogan, an accomplished veterinary surgeon who operates Hogan Equine in New Jersey and oversees the Ruffian Equine Medical Center adjacent to Belmont Park, understands that public perception is reality when it comes to equine welfare issues. When the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners came out in support of […]

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