Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lots of Information Now Available on AVMA Website


AVMA NOW: Video resources, online events calendar, D.C. update

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 27, 2013
In the latest episode of AVMA's video series AVMA NOW, host Dr. Kim May shares information on video resources for veterinarians and the public, how to submit a meeting or event to AVMA's online calendar, and calls for entries to be a featured speaker at a one-day symposium at the 2013 AVMA Convention. This video also includes an excerpt from Dr. May's interview with Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA's Governmental Relations Division, on the issues facing veterinarians with the new Congress. Watch the video.

AVMA: Celebrating 150 years of education, science and service

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 26, 2013
The AVMA turns 150 years old in 2013, and it's time to celebrate! We've got events planned throughout the year, and we hope you'll join us as we look back at the advancements made in the past 150 years and look forward to what the next 150 years will bring. Visit AVMA's 150th Anniversary Web page for links and more information.

VIDEO: Is this normal? When to take your pet to the veterinarian

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 25, 2013
We can't ask our pets if they're feeling OK, so how do we know if something is wrong with them? In this AVMA video, Dr. Shelly Rubin discusses some of the signs to look for and when it's necessary to take your pet to the veterinarian. Watch the video.

Amphibians, Reptiles and Salmonella

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 22, 2013
Many people are aware turtles and other reptiles can carry Salmonella bacteria, but not many know that amphibians can carry it, too. This doesn't mean amphibian and reptile owners should get rid of their pets. What it does mean is that amphibian and reptile handlers and owners should take precautions to protect themselves and their families. Read AVMA's tips on preventing Salmonella infections associated with amphibians and reptiles.

Podcast: Canine dry eye

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 21, 2013
We tend to think of tears as a sign of emotion, but they provide a valuable functional purpose, for us and our dogs. Canine dry eye — otherwise known as "Keratoconjuncitivitis Sicca," or KCS — can have serious health consequences for our dogs, but there are a number of effective treatments that can provide relief and comfort for our canine companions. In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Cynthia Cook, diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a clinician at Veterinary Vision in the San Francisco Bay area, discusses canine dry eye. Listen to the podcast.

Action alert: Help put a stop to animal fighting

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 20, 2013
Animal fighting is a violent crime that causes pain and suffering to the animals involved. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366) would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit any person from knowingly attending, or causing a minor to attend, an animal fighting venture and would impose civil and criminal penalties on people who violated it, should the bill become law. Visit AVMA's online Legislative Action Center to learn more and contact your representatives.

AVMA NOW: Update from the Governmental Relations Division

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 19, 2013
The Fairness to Pet Owners Act, drug compounding and controlled substance laws are among the many issues facing veterinarians today. A new Congress is in place, and with it comes a certain amount of uncertainty about what’s going to happen with these important issues. In this episode of AVMA NOW, Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division, discusses the status of these issues and what the AVMA is doing to protect and promote the veterinary profession on Capitol Hill.Watch the episode.

The March 1 issue of JAVMA News is available online

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 18, 2013
News and feature articles about the veterinary profession and animal health are available online for free from the twice-monthly Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read the March 1 JAVMA News.

AVMA NOW: Convention, a Call for Nominations, and Policy Commenting

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 15, 2013
The latest episode of AVMA Now is available now on the AVMA YouTube channel. Featuring important member updates from the AVMA, this week's topics include money saving tips if you're planning to attend the 2013 Convention in Chicago, a call for nominations for the Future Leaders program, and information about the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment plan. In addition, Dr. Kristi Henderson from AVMA's Scientific Activities Division discusses the association's new online policy commenting system. View AVMA NOW.

Illinois and Georgia First to Issue 2013 Veterinarian Proclamations

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 15, 2013
As part of AVMA's 150th anniversary celebration, and with the cooperation of several state veterinary medical associations, we're seeking gubernatorial proclamations declaring 2013 the "Year of the Veterinarian." We're pleased to report that the responses already are starting to come in. Visit the AVMA@Work blog for an update on "Year of the Veterinarian" proclamations.

Butterflies in your stomach this Valentine's? Or is that the norovirus?

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 14, 2013
Just imagine — it's Valentine's Day and you and your special someone are about to enjoy a nice dinner together. There's a little music playing, soft candlelight, and you even have butterflies in your stomach ... or at least that's what you think they are, until you start feeling nauseated. Before you panic thinking that you are repulsed by your significant other, we're here to tell you that you may have what is going around — a new strain of the norovirus. Read more at AVMA's Keep Our Food Safe blog.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 13, 2013
Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February. Visit AVMA's National Pet Dental Health Month web page for resources and more information.

Deadline for Future Leaders applications is Feb. 18

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 12, 2013
Do you know a colleague with leadership potential in the veterinary profession? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills so you can take an active role in the future of the AVMA and organized veterinary medicine? The AVMA is continuing the success of the year-long Future Leaders Program for 2013-2014 with a goal to identify and develop volunteer leaders for the AVMA and other organized veterinary groups. Working with a professional facilitator, 10 participants will take part in various leadership and project management training exercises, and collaborate on one focused project impacting organized veterinary medicine and in alignment with AVMA's Strategic Goals. Nominations for AVMA's Future Leaders Program are due Feb. 18. Learn more about AVMA's Future Leaders Program.

Looking back ... but moving forward

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 11, 2013
It's AVMA's 150th birthday this year and as we reflect on our rich heritage, it's also time to think ahead to the future. Following the suggestion of AVMA's 20/20 Commission and a 2011 resolution of the House of Delegates, the AVMA Task Force on Governance and Membership Participation is working to develop a new way to structure AVMA's governance where each and every member can make contributions to its future. AVMA members are encouraged to visit the Governance Task Force website, review the Governance Dialog script, and provide your comments and feedback. They are important to us – AVMA is your association and it needs to work for you. Visit the AVMA@Work blog for more information and additional ways to provide feedback.

AVMA: 150th Anniversary - Coffee Table Book

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 08, 2013
This year marks the AVMA's 150th anniversary, and we're celebrating with a special coffee table book. The book features more than 200 pages filled with historical photos documenting the history of the AVMA and veterinary medicine. AVMA members receive a 50-percent discount. Order your AVMA 150th Anniversary coffee table book today.

Future Leaders – Your Time Is Now!

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 07, 2013
Do you know a colleague with leadership potential in the veterinary profession? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills so you can take an active role in the future of the AVMA and organized veterinary medicine? The AVMA is continuing the success of the yearlong Future Leaders Program for 2013-2014 with a goal to identify and develop volunteer leaders for the AVMA and other organized veterinary groups. Working with a professional facilitator, 10 participants will take part in various leadership and project management training exercises, and collaborate on one focused project impacting organized veterinary medicine and in alignment with AVMA's Strategic Goals. Nominations for AVMA's Future Leaders Program are due Feb. 18. Learn more about AVMA's Future Leaders Program.

Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices: What Goes Where?

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 06, 2013
Waste disposal is an important and necessary aspect of veterinarians' daily lives, on both personal and professional levels, but it may seem to be a complicated process and industry if you attempt to understand it all at once. The AVMA's microsite on waste disposal offers a collection of information and key resources pertaining to waste disposal and related regulatory compliance issues relevant to the veterinary community, including topics such as hazardous waste, regulated medical waste, and much more. View AVMA's waste disposal microsite.

AVMA meetings and CE calendar

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 05, 2013
Trying to plan your CE for the upcoming year? AVMA's CE and meetings calendar provides a comprehensive list of options for you. Search by event name, keyword, month, event, location, or CE hours and find the CE that meets your needs. Visit AVMA's CE Web page.

Podcast: Periodontal disease and pets

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 04, 2013
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. More than just a cosmetic issue, bad breath and yellow teeth 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, and 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from the disease by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College and owner of All Pets Dental in Weston, Fla., talks about the importance of dental health for our pets. Listen to the podcast.

AVMA NOW

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | FEB 01, 2013
The latest episode of AVMA NOW, a biweekly program that will provide AVMA members with information on what's happening within the association, is available online. This episode features an interview with Drs. Tom and Jean Meyer, who speak about how New York Life's decision to exit the health insurance business affects them as practicing veterinarians. The Meyers offer a unique perspective on the situation because not only are they GHLIT members, practicing veterinarians, and practice owners, but Dr. Tom Meyer is also the vice chair of AVMA's executive board. View AVMA NOW.

The Feb. 15 issue of JAVMA News is available online

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | JAN 31, 2013
News and feature articles about the veterinary profession and animal health are available online for free from the twice-monthly Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read the Feb. 15 JAVMA News.

Veterinary Achievement Awards

ANIMAL HEALTH SMARTBRIEF | JAN 30, 2013
Veterinarians contribute to society in many ways, and we all know colleagues with distinctive accomplishments and careers. To recognize these colleagues and the valuable work they do, the AVMA and American Veterinary Medical Foundation offer a number of awards to individuals who have advanced the science and art of veterinary medicine, and who have shown exemplary concern for, and commitment to, the welfare and humane treatment of animals. Visit the AVMA/AVMF awards pagefor more information and to nominate a deserving individual. Deadline for most nominations is Feb. 1, so don't delay!





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