Georgia's Board of Regents is expected to assign an additional $16.4 million to a project that will update the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine facilities with a new teaching hospital and other additions. The total budget is projected to be $98 million and will be met with a combination of donations and public funds. The school's community clinic will not be relocated, contrary to original plans, but otherwise, the proposal "restores the project to what was originally envisioned," said dean and veterinarian Sheila Allen.
AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven offers tips for keeping pets healthy in 2013 and beyond in this interview. Dr. DeHaven's top five resolutions for pets and owners are microchipping pets and keeping updated owner information on file with the microchip company, ensuring early and appropriate socialization of pets to prevent future behavior problems, getting exercise, conducting emergency planning that includes pets and getting preventive care.
Board-certified veterinary specialists possess an expert level of knowledge and skills in a focused area of veterinary medicine, writes veterinarian Joanne Cockshutt. The AVMA recognizes numerous specialties including surgery, critical care, internal medicine and cardiology. Veterinarians wishing to become specialists pursue at least three years of focused training after veterinary school. The expertise of a specialist may be needed when advanced procedures or treatments are indicated or when an animal isn't responding as expected.
A man allegedly threatened to shoot staff at an Oklahoma veterinary clinic after his cat died there of unknown causes. Veterinarian Tina Neel said 40 people were in the clinic when the man made the threat while talking to his wife in the clinic's parking lot.
Many state Medicaid programs are not yet capable of implementing the higher primary care pay rates that went into effect Jan. 1. States have until March 31 to submit plans to the CMS on how they will implement the provision, and CMS then has 90 days to respond. States are responsible for paying physicians retroactively to Jan. 1, however. The CMS has issued Q-and-A documents to help physicians understand the parity rule.