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The AVMA currently seeks candidates for president-elect and for two seats on the Board of Directors as well as nominations or applications for numerous other volunteer positions.

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan addressed noncompete agreements, mergers, and private equity acquisitions at the opening of the AVMA Veterinary Business and Economic Forum on October 24.

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With her two-year term as AVMA vice president half completed, Dr. Jennifer Quammen describes how she’s spent the previous year fulfilling the duties of her office as the AVMA’s liaison to veterinary colleges.

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Much the same as walk-in clinics, urgent care veterinary practices are slowly emerging as another option offering outpatient medical care for animals experiencing acute illness or injury but not in life-threatening danger.

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The issue of whether to establish a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) through an in-person examination or solely electronic means has recently come before state legislatures and veterinary medical boards.

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Unlike new veterinarians, overall veterinary incomes haven’t quite caught up to prerecession levels, said Charlotte McKay, AVMA associate director for statistical and geospatial analysis. However, competition in the market for veterinarians and inflation have contributed to a rise in salaries, she said during the presentation “The Market for Veterinarians” at the annual AVMA Business & Economic Forum, held virtually October 24-25.

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New devices and software promise to help enhance patient care and monitoring, ease workloads, improve workflows, meet or exceed client expectations, and more. AVMA News has put together an overview of 11 technologies or technologic features, from wearables to artificial intelligence to 3D printing.

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Nearly a dozen newly proposed veterinary colleges have been announced in the past two years, which represents a sizeable potential increase to the existing 33 U.S. veterinary colleges. Some universities have already secured site visits from the while others are just in the discussion stage.

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The American Animal Hospital Association has begun to accredit veterinary practices internationally. Daktari Animal Hospital in Tokyo became the first internationally AAHA-accredited animal hospital followed by five institutions in Japan that were accredited this summer. More recently, AAHA announced a partnership with the Korean VMA to bring accreditation to South Korean veterinary practices.

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Around 45% of U.S. households own dogs and 26% of households own cats out of the total U.S. population of 128 million households in 2020, according to AVMA data. Owners often travel with their pets, whether for vacation or even a trip to the veterinarian. However, no data exists on how many pets have been injured or killed in car accidents.

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