The Russian invasion of Ukraine created a crisis in animal care, affecting the thousands of pets carried across borders, shelter animals in war zones, strays reliant on feeding programs, and zoo animals that cannot be moved without endangering them.
Among initial courses approved for the new AVMA Veterinary First Responder Certificate Program are courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Independent Study Program and courses provided to veterinary students at Texas A&M University.
The new veterinary fellows in the National Academies of Practice are Drs. Ellen N. Behrend, Sherry Burrer, Ruthanne Chun, Patricia Sanchez Diaz, Laura Molgaard, Paul Plummer, Allison Siu, and Link Welborn.
Concerns that white-tailed deer and other mammalian wildlife might be reservoirs for the SARS-CoV-2 virus have prompted the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and World Health Organization to issue a call for stepped-up wildlife disease surveillance programs.