The New Jersey Senate unanimously voted its support for proposed legislation known as Patrick’s Law, which would impose tougher penalties for people who neglect or abuse animals.
A definitive cause of illness has yet to be identified after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed testing of chicken jerky products after it received complaints of dog illnesses associated with consumption of the treats. FDA released an update July 18, 2012 detailing results of sample testing of chicken jerky products. Testing showed adverse findings from Waggin Train and Dingo chicken jerky products, as well as from beef jerky treats manufactured by Del Monte Pet Products. However, the FDA says it has been unable to determine a definitive cause of the illnesses, or link the illnesses to a particular company, from the samples collected. The FDA sent inspectors to Chinese plants that make the jerky treats, but have not released inspection results.
In response to the introduction of the "Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011," AAHA has issued a statement in opposition to the bill.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to ban the sale of certain rodenticides to the general public, a move which could help prevent one of the most frequent causes of pet poisoning. In addition to banning the most toxic anticoagulant rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum), the agency also plans to stop the sale of most loose bait and pellet-form rodenticides to cut down on accidental poisonings of children and pets.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Board of Directors voted to endorse of the Global Nutritional Guidelines of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) at AAHA’s board meeting in Toronto.
Iowa Halts Ban on Supplements
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has too much time on its hands. At least, that’s how it might seem to some veterinary professionals as the DEA shifts some of its focus from high-profile efforts to battle the opioid crisis to scrutinizing compliance at veterinary hospitals.
Recently, several hospitals in the West have been unsure about whether AAHA Controlled Substance Logs were in recordkeeping compliance with both DEA and state regulations. So AAHA put the question to the experts: Jack Teitelman, retired Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supervisory agent and chief executive officer of DEA compliance experts Titan Group. Teitelman and his colleagues looked into the matter. Their answer:
Scholarship students at Penn Vet are breathing easier this week.Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to pass a series of bills already passed by the State Senate that would approve $600 million in state funding to half a dozen universities, including $30 million earmarked for Penn Vet, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.