The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) announced last week the results of its 2017 Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Survey. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice program is a worldwide collaboration of feline experts who provide guidelines with recommendations specifically for cats. The AAFP was the first major veterinary organization in North America to implement a coordinated approach to minimize stress associated with veterinary visits for cats, caregivers, and the veterinary team.
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A report on ABC's 20/20 has elicited strong responses from the veterinary community following its assertion that many veterinary hospitals engage in the upselling of unnecessary procedures. NEWStat has rounded up some of the most thought-provoking news and opinions surrounding the controversy from the past week.
Federal inspectors responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) failed to penalize or fine some commercial breeders that kept dogs in horrendous conditions, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Even after discovering dogs that were tick-infested, or kept in cages surrounded by noxious pools of feces, or even dogs that were so starved they were eating other dogs that had starved to death before them, many inspectors with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Animal Care unit took little or no action, the report says. USDA investigators found numerous problems with APHIS Animal Care’s enforcement activities over a three year period of Fiscal Years 2006-2008. The findings included the following: Animal Care’s enforcement process was ineffective against problematic dealersAnimal Care inspectors did not cite or document violations properly to support enforcement actionsAPHIS’ new penalty worksheet calculated minimal penaltiesAPHIS misused guidelines to lower penalties for AWA violatorsSome large breeders circumvented AWA by selling animals over the Internet
On June 24, the Austin County Grand Jury returned a “No Bill” ruling regarding Kristen Lindsey, DVM, citing insufficient proof to charge the Brenham, Texas veterinarian with a crime for Animal Cruelty. Lindsey, who practiced at Washington Animal Clinic prior to the event, killed a cat with a bow-and-arrow and then posted her “kill” on Facebook in April.
In a move to provide even greater support for member practices, the American Animal Hospital Association is launching a new purchasing program designed to meet the needs of AAHA-accredited hospitals. The program, called AAHA Advantage, officially launched in Nashville during AAHA Nashville 2017.
The board of directors of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) announced this week its support of the new American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standard requiring general anesthesia with intubation for all dental procedures.
Learning to do more with less is a challenge that Dr. Susan Chadima has gladly accepted in her efforts to improve the state of veterinary medicine in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Discussion about raw food for pets and other several animal welfare policies top the list of notable events happening at the August American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention. The convention will run Aug. 3-7, 2012 in San Diego, Calif. The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) will hold its two-day summer meeting before the convention. During the meeting, the HOD will address its first policy on raw food diets for pets, and will discuss its pharmacies, animal fighting and animal restraint policies. The HOD will also vote on a proposal to eliminate the position of AVMA vice president. Raw protein diets for pets have been controversial topics in the pet community. In the raw protein diet proposal, the AVMA said that it "discourages the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal-source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans." In a July 18, 2012 post on its website, the AVMA said its policies are based on a thorough review of scientific literature and are drafted by veterinarians with expertise in relevant fields.
Hurricane Gustav’s arrival in the United States on Sept. 1 marked an important milestone in companion animal history. For the first time, pets and service animals were allowed to evacuate hurricane-threatened areas with their owners. And at least one group of veterinary technicians was an integral part of it. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, signed into law by President Bush in 2006, requires pets to be included in disaster evacuation plans. OSU instructor Dana Call, RVT, VTS (ECC), was the leader of a team of technicians and students that were sent to the shelter to attend to the non-human evacuees. She received a call from Scott Mason, DVM, coordinator of the Oklahoma State Animal Response Team, putting her on alert that the evacuees were arriving Sept. 1. Call said about 1,800 people arrived at the Oklahoma shelter on Labor Day, along with about 30 cats and dogs, a cockatiel, a fish and two gerbils.