Feb
1
2016
Animal abuse, like any form of abuse, is unacceptable and this year, such crime statistics will be collected by at least one state, and at the federal level. In Tennessee, the first Animal Abuse Registry in the country launched Jan. 1. On a federal level, In 2016, the FBI will begin to collect statistics of animal cruelty crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the data will be available to the public in 2017. ...more
Nov
30
2015
In this era of digital everything, dispensing veterinary advice online may be considered the wave of the future, but not any time soon according to a recent ruling. Today, in a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Ronald Hines, DVM, a Texas veterinarian who had been dispensing online veterinary advice until he was stopped by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TBVME), according to the Los Angeles Times. ...more
Oct
12
2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) may be considering another proposed change to the international scheduling of ketamine, and the AVMA is seeking the profession’s help in asking the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect veterinarians’ access to this critical drug. The AVMA is drafting a letter to the FDA that will outline how critical ketamine use is in veterinary medicine and how important it is that it remain available to U.S. veterinarians, and is requesting your help during this urgent time to reinforce the message. ...more
Sep
23
2015
On May 18, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed H.B. 593, mandating that Texas law enforcement officers take canine encounter training prior to the second anniversary of employment. The law took effect on Sept. 1 and applies to new hire law enforcement personnel only. The law was passed in the wake of, and as a response to, a number of incidents in Texas in which dogs were killed by police officers in the line of duty. ...more
Sep
15
2015
On July 24, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174) was introduced in the House of Representatives. (In May, the Senate version of the bill, S. 1200, was introduced.) Both times, the bill failed to make its way out of committee to the floor for debate and a vote. That may not be the case in the future, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). ...more
Jul
20
2015
As of June 29, 40 states have reported a total of 181 people who have been infected with strains of salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak is from chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry. As a result, on July 1, the CDC issued guidelines for backyard flock owners. ...more
Jun
15
2015
It’s been a busy summer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling five varieties of Rachel Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food. And the FDA plans to release ingredient definitions and standards for animal food in September, preceded by a lot of buzz about what it should do....more
Jun
8
2015
Historically, when a veterinarian needed to compound drugs from bulk substances to meet a patient’s needs, he was breaking a federal law. Now, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is recognizing the need for that “lawless” act. On May 18, the FDA released Guidance for Industry #230 (GFI #230) on animal drug compounding from bulk drug substances. It also admitted that in limited circumstances, an animal drug compounded from bulk drug substances may be an appropriate treatment option. ...more
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