Contact with horses can be as soothing for equine veterinarians as anyone else, but a career in equine veterinary medicine is also physically demanding and highly stressful with long, unpredictable work hours, high student debt loads, administrative burdens and emotional stressors. Equine veterinarians may also be subject to isolation, unrealistic client expectations and demands, and harassment, says AVMA Director of Wellbeing and Diversity Initiatives Dr. Jen Brandt, who helped start a veterinary mental health group with counselors and social workers who specialize in veterinary medicine.
Dogs can quickly develop hyperthermia in hot weather, putting them at risk of severe damage to blood cells, stomach lining and brain tissue, says veterinarian Beth Stropes. Dogs that show signs of heat-related illness should be moved to a cool environment and cooled down slowly while being transported to a veterinarian.
Six federal departments are developing a national strategy to counter tick- and other vector-borne diseases, according to the CDC, as ticks expand their range. Meanwhile, Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., led an effort to pass an amendment demanding an investigation of whether Department of Defense experiments caused rising rates of Lyme disease -- a charge that scientist Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said is far-fetched.
An estimated 50 pilot whales repeatedly beached at St. Simons Island, Ga., and at least three of the animals died, but beachgoers and wildlife experts saved many lives by repeatedly pushing the cetaceans back out to sea. Personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Glynn County Emergency Management Department orchestrated the rescue.
Angelo's Pizza in Matawan, N.J., has begun posting pictures of lost pets on pizza boxes in an effort to reunite them with their owners. Owner John Sanfratello has invited anyone in New Jersey with a missing pet to send him a flier, and his sister is offering the same service at her pizza restaurants in Florida.
The USDA is phasing out metal ear tags and requiring livestock owners to use radio frequency identification ear tags on beef and dairy cattle as well as bison to improve traceability in the event of a livestock disease outbreak, and the move will protect the US cattle market, says Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout. State agriculture departments are helping producers with compliance.
An ordinance in Marion County, Ind., requires that pets be housed in a home or a temperature-controlled building when outdoor temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher, or if a heat advisory is in effect. Outdoor dog houses must be shaded by trees or a tarp when the outdoor temperature reaches 80 degrees, and the law allows officials to ban pet ownership in cases of egregious violation.
When looking for a new credit card processing service, be sure you understand all of the fine print, experts say. Consider factors related to withholding and withdrawing funds, equipment fees, and options regarding early termination.
One of the AVMA's best-known resources is being updated in light of recent research advances, and AVMA members can help shape the proposed changes. The AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals were first published in 1963 and have undergone regular review to keep up to date with scientific changes. Recent advances have made new techniques and equipment available since the last guidelines update in 2013, and the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia has drafted proposed changes to incorporate these findings. The panel is now looking for AVMA members to review and provide comments on the proposed changes between now and Aug. 31, 2019. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to learn more and submit your feedback.
Tools To Strengthen Your Veterinary Team Your workplace culture and team dynamics can be just as important as having the most up-to-date medical equipment. AVMA has tools to help you strengthen your team - including resources for new hire training, employee performance feedback, effective team meetings, and team-building activities.
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