The AVMA, which turns 150 this month, had several homes before landing in Schaumburg, Ill. In 1863, the organization launched in New York, then moved to Detroit and soon after Chicago before settling in Schaumburg in 1975. In 1991, the AVMA moved into its current five-story headquarters. AVMA's membership has grown from 1,650 to 84,000 over the past century, and the field has grown increasingly complex, said President Dr. Doug Aspros. "One hundred and fifty years ago, veterinarians were just horse doctors because that was the business," Dr. Aspros said. One thing that hasn't changed, he said, is the group's purpose: "To ensure animal and human health and advance the veterinary profession."
Keeping family pets safe during floods, fires, tornadoes and other disasters requires advance preparation, starting with a plan for how you will take pets with you if you are required to evacuate, veterinarian Michael Watts writes. The AVMA has compiled disaster planning resources for pet owners and policymakers as well as a checklist for assembling an animal evacuation kit.
The FDA has issued a warning to consumers about the potential for salmonella contamination in Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats, although the manufacturer has not recalled the production lot covered by the warning. The FDA notes that this product is not linked to the ongoing probe into pet illnesses from chicken jerky treats.
With the recent concern over pet deaths related to eating treats produced in China, legislators are putting pressure on the FDA to step up its investigation. The AVMA provides a comprehensive website on pet food safety and recalls.
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., was awarded AVMA's Advocacy Award by AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven and President Dr. René Carlson. Johnson was acknowledged for his support of the veterinary profession, including his sponsorship of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, a bill Dr. DeHaven said "will help to ensure that our nation's livestock are healthy, that our food supply is safe and secure, and our nation's public health is protected."