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Here’s one political cause veterinarians can support wholeheartedly

DVM360 Magazine Congressman and veterinarian Kurt Schrader needs your help in his reelection campaign. It’s hard to think about any political topic other than the presidential primaries these days. The two-year race for party nominations dominates the political landscape in unprecedented ways: money, media, phone calls, office conversations—however you measure it, it’s off the charts.…

After nine innings, debate over veterinary college accreditation is over

DVM360 Magazine Four resolutions targeting COE defeated by AVMA House of Delegates. For nearly four years, a group of critics within the profession has attacked The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) and its role in accrediting veterinary colleges. Although the critics numbered less than 1 percent of the profession, they managed…

COE needs to abandon ship on proposed new rules for veterinary faculty

DVM360 Magazine Shift in focus from preparing graduates to publishing in academic journals is not in the profession’s interest. Plus it’s impossible. The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) will no doubt receive many comments about its proposed changes to the veterinary school accreditation process. I will keep mine to a minimum,…

Way to go, Connecticut! Veterinary tax proposal defeated

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians oppose efforts to expand state revenues on the backs of pet owners. A few weeks ago I highlighted a battle in the Connecticut state legislature over a sudden plan to add a 6 percent sales tax on veterinary services. The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) took the lead in opposing this bad…

Pope Francis needs a pet … seriously.

DVM360 Magazine Comments reveal lack of understanding of the human-animal bond. My 92-year-old Irish Catholic mother isn’t going to like this blog. You see, Pope Francis is her main man. But I can’t resist after reading the pope’s astonishing comments about pets and pet ownership in a recent interview. The pope apparently was shocked when…

After 2.5 years studying pet meds market, FTC calls … drumroll … for more study

DVM360 Magazine Report presents misguided conclusions but does not demand federal legislation mandating veterinary prescriptions. Report presents misguided conclusions but does not demand federal legislation mandating veterinary prescriptions. On May 27 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finally issued its report on pet medications stemming from its Oct. 4, 2012, workshop on the topic in…

Connecticut legislature launches veterinary sales tax effort

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians’, pet owners’ input needed before June 3 session close date. Many state legislatures are winding down for 2015, but Connecticut threw a curve ball at the veterinary profession and pet owners as it barrels toward a June 3 end date. On April 30, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding…

A peek at veterinary education and a political update

DVM360 Magazine Cushing visits five veterinary schools and notes a current quiet on the legislative front. Apologies for this blogger’s recent absence, but a delightful speaking tour of U.S. veterinary colleges has distracted me from my usual posts. Seems an opportune time to comment on recent doings. The state of American veterinary education is in…

Between extremes of states’ rights and federal power

DVM360 Magazine Egg legislation points to the need for moderation, compromise in issues where interests conflict. Defenders of democracy and the ability of voters to make good decisions usually aim for the center: the elusive midpoint between left and right, between hardcore liberals and extreme conservatives. While fringe groups grab headlines and talk show microphones,…

Human-animal bond moves to center stage

DVM360 Magazine Organization seeking congressional support from veterinarians for initiative promoting health benefits of pets. The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) just concluded a highly successful annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Besides providing thousands of hours of high-quality continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, NAVC serves as the first gathering point each year for…