Cat Friendly Practices Won’t Do Elective Declaws

The AAFP gives member practices six months to transition away from medically unnecessary onychectomies.   The American Association of Feline Practitioners has enacted a policy banning newly certified Cat Friendly Practices from performing elective declaw procedures and ordered the group’s 1,015 current member practices to stop elective onychectomies within six months. The AAFP in 2017…

New Commission Will Promote Diversity, Equity And Inclusion In The Veterinary Field

Veterinary leaders from around the country will serve as founding members of a new Commission for a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Veterinary Profession. The commission will “drive change and accountability throughout the field,” according to the AVMA and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, which are spearheading the commission. “These distinguished and dedicated leaders…

AAFP bans elective onychectomy at Cat Friendly Practices

The more than 1000 member practices must cease performing unnecessary declaw procedures within 6 months. koldunova / stock.adobe.com The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has announced an update for all designated Cat Friendly Practices (CFPs): Elective feline onychectomy procedures is no longer allowed at these hospitals. The policy change aligns with the association’s 2017 statement that…

BluePearl Asks For More Pet Blood Donations

Pandemic Restrictions Likely Discouraged Clients From Volunteering Their Cats And Dogs As Donors. WRITTEN BY  TODAY’S VETERINARY BUSINESS  IN JANUARY 2021 image from: Todorean-Gabriel/Shutterstock.com The BluePearl veterinary hospital network is appealing to pet owners to consider donating blood from their cats and dogs due to a significant shortfall. BluePearl, which operates 11 pet blood banks…

Ticks may hold the key to treating tick-borne disease

Research led by University of Maryland veterinary professor examines this parasites remarkable immune system. KPixMining/stock.adobe.com You may have more in common with ticks than you think-at least when it comes to immunobiology. According to Utpal Pal, PhD, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Maryland, ticks don’t want to be infected with pathogens…

Pets don’t need a COVID-19 vaccine now, experts say

December 2020, Veterinary Advantage   As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out for humans, a smaller effort to develop vaccines for pets and other animals has also begun. But there’s no urgent need for a pet vaccine, Science magazine reports. While the rates of infection in dogs and cats may be similar to those in humans, symptoms seem…