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dvm360.com p. 3 Road warrior DVM, 60, nishes 4th in cross-country bike race Newsmagazine The Voice of Veterinary News August 2009 Survey says economy top reason for unwanted-horse problem Closing of processing plants ranked No. 2; responsible ownership called best solution M J M. L E W — The economic recession is the No. 1 reason for a dramatic increase in the number of unwanted, abused and neglected horses nationwide. That’s the clear consensus of thousands of persons who responded online to the 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey sponsored by the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), a group formed in 2006 to collect information and raise awareness of the problem. The closing of the last three U.S. horse-processing plants in the United States in 2007 ranked as the No. 2 leading cause, although there was disagree- ment among survey subgroups on the role of those plants, past and future. The UHC, which operates under the American Horse Council (AHC) in Washington, recently published a 36-page breakdown of the survey results on its Web site, www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org. “The response was greater than anyone anticipated when the survey site went live in November 2008,” the UHC says in a summary statement. “By the end of the first day, nearly 500 respondents had completed the survey. In a matter of weeks, there were 27,000 more responses and thousands of write-in comments.” » AVMA delegates reaffirm policy on cosmetic surgery Failed resolution reignites ethical discussion at convention C S E C AV M A . 18-26 M S — When the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) revised its policy on ear cropping and tail docking late last year, it was both congratulated and assailed by outside entities. Six months later when the House of Delegates decided to debate the issue once again, delegates reacted the same way. In the end, three-quarters of them reaffirmed the association’s position against these surgeries. A failed resolution, introduced by the Utah Veterinary Medical Association (UVMA), would have revised the policy from: “The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards” to “Although cosmetic ear cropping and tail docking of dogs has little or no therapeutic basis, it is a procedure that is condoned by the American Kennel Club and by many members of society. It is imperative that the procedures be performed by trained, licensed and caring veterinarians using current standards of care. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking in breed standards. Members of the AVMA will conform to all state mandates concerning the procedures.” Dr. Roddy Sharp, a Utah delegate, didn’t mince words. In fact, he says » Ultimate resolution: Nearly threequarters of AVMA delegates sided against ear cropping and tail docking for cosmetic reasons. p.30 p.44 p. 12 Raising a howl DVMs object to ban on canine ‘devocalization’ The right to say ‘No’ In the end, it’s always client’s decision: commentary Got a pith helmet? You’ll need one to survive today’s economic jungle
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of dvm - August 2009
dvm - August 2009
Raising a Howl
The Right to Say 'No'
Got a Pith Helmet?
Beware What You Sign
dvm - August 2009