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Chemotherapy drugs, including cisplatin and carboplatin, have been in short supply for months. The situation is affecting not only animal patients but also veterinarians who are forced to track potential leads on where to procure these life-saving drugs and make challenging treatment decisions.

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The number of first-year veterinary students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year at U.S. veterinary colleges exceeded 4,000 for the first time, according to data from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

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A federal district court has again upheld provisions of a Texas veterinary practice act mandating that a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) be established in person rather than remotely.

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The U.S. Department of Education is applying account adjustments to all income-driven repayment plan borrowers who have reached enough payments for forgiveness, but a pending lawsuit may stop implementation of the plan.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed the registration and affirmed the safety profile of the Seresto flea and tick collar after a multi-year review. At the same time, the EPA is requiring Elanco Animal Health, maker of the Seresto collar, to implement additional measures that will guard against any potential incidents in the future.

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Roughly 11,000 veterinary practices each year experience a cyberattack, and with just over 800,000 complaints of suspected internet crime in 2022, odds are the average practice owner is at risk. At AVMA Convention 2023 in Denver, Clint Latham, founder of Lucca Veterinary Data Security, presented the session, “The Most Important Thing That No One is Talking About: The Current State of Cyber Security in Veterinary Medicine.”

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Dr. Heather Bair-Brake, a public health veterinarian at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, talked about the hazards of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their potential impact on clinical practice in her session “Current Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Research Points to a Growing Threat in Animals” on July 14 at AVMA Convention 2023 in Denver.

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It’s not about being perfect, according to Mariana Atencio, it’s about being perfectly you. Atencio gave the keynote presentation, “The Power of Authenticity: To Create Meaningful Connections, Foster Trust, and Inspire Others,” on July 14, which was sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Atencio is a bilingual reporter and motivational speaker.

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Broadening nonveterinarians’ scope of practice would compromise the quality of veterinary care, thus threatening animal and public health, according to the AVMA. The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) approved a new policy July 14 that directs the Association to “vigorously defend” against such expansions.

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As part of her address to the AVMA House of Delegates on July 14, AVMA President Dr. Rena Carlson encouraged her colleagues to think about the view of the profession veterinarians want the world to see and understand as well as what vision they want to manifest for themselves.

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