• AVMA & AVMA LIFE push to expand health insurance options for veterinarians
    by AVMA@Work Editor on October 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    AVMA LIFE is working to resume offering health insurance to AVMA members, but it will take some time to begin rolling out coverage plans due to a complicated web of federal and state regulations. A new federal rule has opened the … read more > […]

  • National Veterinary Technician Week honors critical team members
    by AVMA@Work Editor on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    National Veterinary Technician Week takes place next week, October 14-20, and the AVMA is proud to take part in the celebration. These important veterinary team members make our work possible, doing everything from performing dental cleanings and monitoring anesthesia patients, … read more > […]

  • Help us honor the best in veterinary medicine
    by AVMA@Work Editor on October 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Nominations open for AVMA Excellence Awards Do you know a colleague or mentor who is doing amazing things for our profession?  If so, don’t miss your chance to honor and thank them with a nomination for an AVMA Excellence Award. … read more > […]

  • Federal tax proposals could affect veterinarians
    by AVMA@Work Editor on October 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    AVMA brings veterinary voices to the conversation Tax law changes under consideration by Congress and federal rulemakers could change the fiscal landscape for many veterinarians. The AVMA is working on multiple fronts to ensure that veterinary voices are heard in … read more > […]

  • Farm priorities: Ensuring veterinarians’ voices are heard
    by AVMA@Work Editor on October 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    As Congress works to finalize the details of the 2018 farm bill, the AVMA is continuing advocacy work in support of key programs that protect animal health and food safety. Lawmakers missed an important deadline for finalizing the farm bill … read more > […]

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Animal Tracks

  • Dog flu strain new to U.S. responsible for Chicago area outbreak
    by (American Veterinary Medical Association) on May 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Earlier this spring, hundreds of dogs in and around Chicago began showing signs of respiratory illness, which testing revealed to be caused by canine influenza. Further genetic testing revealed there was something unusual about this outbreak: It wasn't the usual H3N8 strain of canine influenza that was making dogs sick; it was H3N2, a strain that had previously only been identified in Asia. To date, the virus has caused at least six deaths, and more than 1,000 illnesses, in the Chicago area and neighboring states. In this podcast, Cornell University veterinarian Dr. Amy Glaser talks about this newly introduced strain of dog flu and how pet owners can keep their dogs from becoming infected. […]

  • Vaccines and pet health
    by (American Veterinary Medical Association) on February 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Vaccines have played a major role in preventing disease and improving public health around the world. These benefits have been extended to our pets as well, helping to protect them from viruses such as rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. There is, however, a small but vocal anti-vaccination movement that questions the necessity of vaccines, and veterinary medicine may not be immune from this movement; New York magazine recently reported that some veterinarians have noticed an uptick in the number of pets that are not being vaccinated, due to a similar anti-vaccination ideology. In this podcast, Dr. Laurel Gershwin, a member of AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, discusses the importance of vaccinations for our pets. […]

  • National Pet Dental Health Month 2015
    by (American Veterinary Medical Association) on January 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    February 1 marks the beginning of National Pet Dental Health Month. More than just a cosmetic issue, yellow teeth and bad breath can be a sign of serious disease in our pets, which may affect their kidneys, livers, and hearts. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets, with most dogs and cats becoming affected by age 3. In this podcast, Dr. Jan Bellows, past president of the American Veterinary Dental College, talks about the importance of dental health for our pets. […]

  • New rabies research could help save pets' lives
    by (American Veterinary Medical Association) on January 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    How well protected are pets shortly after their rabies vaccinations are out of date, and what's the appropriate response for treating and caring for pets in such circumstances? These were the questions researchers set out to answer in a study published in the January 15 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). […]

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets
    by (American Veterinary Medical Association) on December 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Will you be one of the millions of people making New Year’s Resolutions this year? If so, have you thought about including your pets in your New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps by partnering with a furry friend, you’ll be more inclined to stick to those healthy promises you made. And just like us, most of our pets could benefit from shedding a few pounds and spending more time being active. In this podcast, AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven talks about making New Year’s resolutions for your pets. […]