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Ownership up, veterinary visits down

U.S. veterinary expenditures climb to an estimated $24.5 billion, yet companion animals visit veterinarians less, AVMA statistics show
Jan 1, 2008

SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — Dog- and cat-owning households visited veterinarians less in 2006 than in 2001, while the number of U.S. households with pets grew to 68.7 million, a 12.4 percent increase.

Wisconsin board drops mandate on informed consent

Heated hearing results in loss for proponents of stricter measure.
Dec 1, 2007

The Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board (WVEB) dumped a proposal to implement an informed-consent law panned by critics as the "most restrictive" version established in the United States.

AVMA redrafts informed consent

Rewrite protects DVMs against comparisons to human medicine, officials say
Dec 1, 2007

Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association replaced its "informed consent" policy last month to safeguard the profession from a guardianship distinction tied to human health care.

The new face of disaster response

Federal government reinstates dismantled VMAT unit under a new name, ends partnership with AVMA
Dec 1, 2007

SURPRISE, ARIZ. - Four years of patience and politics have paid off in what Dr. Lorna Lanman calls "vindication." The one-time Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) member whose unit was expelled by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2003, is now reinstated by the federal government.

Mediation ends mudslinging

Dec 1, 2007

Gag order issued in disgruntled equine surgeon's settlement against veterinary college

No pain, no gain

Judge supports discipline for Seemann in what experts consider first U.S. pain-management test case
Dec 1, 2007

Minneapolis — Dr. Carl Seemann plans to appeal an administrative law judge's ruling that backs state regulators' efforts to suspend his license for not administering drugs to manage a surgical patient's pain.

Governor pledges $500,000 to ease rural vet shortage

Missouri lawmakers jump on the loan-repayment bandwagon
Nov 1, 2007

Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation at press time to create the Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program and wants to earmark $500,000 to pay for it.

Ultimate authority

Authorized to spot-check veterinary practices unannounced, Mass. investigators gear up for a hospital-to-hospital sweep
Nov 1, 2007

Boston — It's a surprise when Alan Van Tassel comes to visit. He drops by unannounced during business hours, makes a quick introduction and starts poring over a seven-point inspection checklist.

Calif. High court rejects anti-declaw challenge

Consumer-affairs officials to take on precedent-setting case via the state Legislature
Nov 1, 2007

San Francisco —Attorneys with the California State Department of Consumer Affairs want to put a legislative stopper on West Hollywood's anti-declaw law, cemented last month by the state Supreme Court's refusal to hear a challenge to the ban.

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