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Regulators and legislators are showing greater interest in xylazine, a prescription drug used in multiple sectors of clinical veterinary medicine. News reports indicate illicit xylazine is increasingly showing up in street drugs and being detected in overdose deaths.

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Dr. Ferrin Peterson rides as a jockey full time and somehow finds time to work as a veterinarian on non–race days. Read about her journey toward becoming involved in both aspects of horse racing and how she makes it all work.

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Survey results from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America reveal the latest data about the profession of veterinary technology, including salary ranges, job satisfaction, and current challenges.

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Drs. Erin Casey and Jim Weisman ran unopposed for seats on the AVMA Board of Directors and were declared elected in February. They will begin their six-year terms this July during AVMA Convention 2023.

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A persistent and potentially growing concern, according to experts, is the running of unsanctioned, informal horse races. Unregulated horse racing is dangerous for horses and riders, and diseases such as equine infectious anemia and equine piroplasmosis can spread at these bush tracks.

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The Food and Drug Administration is reminding stakeholders that certain over-the-counter antimicrobial products for animals are transitioning to prescription status, starting June 11.

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The latest iteration of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ standard-of-care guidelines updates the original 12-year-old document and includes new sections on forensics and disaster response.

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The pet aftercare industry remains largely unregulated, and veterinarians are often the only source of information that pet owners have when choosing pet aftercare providers. There are many considerations for a veterinarian when it comes to handling pet remains and interacting with the pet owner during this sensitive time.

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AVMA leaders shared the latest Association updates during the plenary session of the 2023 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference. The announcements included the AVMA reaching a record-high 101,965 members by the end of 2022 and a new digital reputation management toolkit for veterinary team that is available to the entire veterinary profession.

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Six veterinary professionals shared stories about the lasting effects of leadership during the keynote address at the 2023 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference 2023 in Chicago.

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