Relief of acute and chronic pain in animals is an important part of the practice of veterinary medicine. Human pain medications frequently are used in small-animal and equine practice. However, food-animal practitioners must follow the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA), which limits extra-label drug use to treatment when an animal's health is threatened, it is suffering or death might result from failure to treat.
Fort Collins, Colo. — Roughly 385,000 lambs and 215,300 sheep were lost due to predator and nonpredator causes in 2004, representing 9.4 and 5.6 percent of the U.S. lamb crop and sheep inventory, respectively.
On Sept. 22, fire swept through pastures in rural Yolo County, Calif., killing 800 sheep and injuring hundreds more, including horses. The Veterinary Emergency Response Team, composed of students, faculty and staff at University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC-Davis), worked to evacuate and and treat the burned and injured animals.
Private equine practice is largely a matter of lameness, reproductive issues, trauma care and preventive medicine. There are occasions, however, when behavior problems directly affect medical care, and veterinarians must be able to address these issues to deliver appropriate treatment.