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Dr. John Howe Elected President Of AVMA

Dr. John Howe assumed his role as AVMA president this weekend at the AVMA Convention in Washington, D.C., saying he will focus on improving communication among AVMA members, the association, and the general public. “We must continue communicating to our members what this association can do and is doing,” Dr. Howe said in a speech […]

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AVMA Asks Congress To End Equine Abuse With PAST Act

Soring is the act of intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s legs or hooves to make them perform in a high-stepping, artificial gait. The act of soring is most often seen in Tennessee Walking Horses that are show horses, though the inhumane act is also inflicted on other gaited breeds like spotted saddle horses and […]

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Don’t Be Duped: Scientific Standards For Genetic Testing Released

The scientists whose research created the Horse Genome Project began meeting in 1995 and most recently met in Italy in September of 2018. The group met to create a set of genetic testing standards that reinforce the need for scientific validation when using research discoveries in clinical practice. The Horse Genome Project is a group […]

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Combining Forces For Change: U.S., Canada and Europe Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Veterinarian organizations in Canada and Europe have released a statement in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to encourage best practices regarding microbial resistance. The Joint Statement on Continuous Monitoring of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance encourages the use of targeted strategies to diminish antimicrobial resistance and guarantee antimicrobial oversight so that both animal […]

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Veterinarians Qualify For New Tax Deduction

Small business owners in the veterinary world will now qualify for a “pass through” deduction on their federal income tax, according to the U. S. Treasury Department. The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released regulations last week explaining how sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S-corporations can apply the deduction under Section 199A of […]

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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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