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.
As one of the 200 veterinarians who make up the government's National Veterinary Response Team, John Mullins didn't hesitate when he was called on to assist animals in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. He and a technician worked 12-hour shifts in a cramped trailer, caring for all manner of injured creatures and lending a sympathetic ear to their owners. It's a situation Dr. Mullins has seen before. He spent two years working with livestock in the West African country of Burkina Faso and responded after hurricanes Charley and Katrina.
In response to an owner's question about the cause of a mare's recent abortion, veterinarian Bob Kahrs provides a list of potential explanations. Dr. Kahrs says some mares abort if they are carrying twins, but a number of infectious agents could be the problem including E. coli, Ehrlichia, Streptococci, salmonella, Pseudomonas and equine herpesvirus, among others.
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."