A Note From President, Bob Vetere
I always enjoy this time of year. It’s a time to reboot, refocus and readjust for the year ahead. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year and the successes and learning opportunities that came with it.
Speaking of success, I am proud to report that the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) has passed, with the bill including key elements of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. The bipartisan legislation will help survivors of domestic violence and their pets seek safe shelter together. We commend organizations of the PAWS Act Coalition, including Pet Partners and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, for taking an active role in this monumental victory. We invite you to join us in helping raise awareness of this important legislation among the pet care community and sharing the news with your extended networks.
Looking forward, ‘giving back to animals in need’ seems to land on our list of New Year’s resolutions year after year. I wanted to remind you that the PLC Giving Network through GreaterGood.org’s RescueBank is open for year-round giving. While the portal is especially helpful during states of emergency, a continuing need exists in our animal shelters. Now is a great time to consider donating any 2018 inventory or simply signing up to become a Giving Network partner. Please visit our website to view the current need.
And finally, what better way to reboot, refocus and readjust for the year ahead than attending the 2019 Pet Leadership Conference on Jan. 27-30 at the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio? Join the leading voices of the pet care community for an event packed with world-class speakers, engaging breakout sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities. Visit www.pida.org/pilc for more information and to register. We’ll see you in the Texas Hill Country!
Study: Overweight Dogs May Live Shorter Lives
New research from the University of Liverpool and Mars Petcare’s WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights.
AKC Museum of the Dog to Open in NYC
More than 180 pieces of dog artwork and half a dozen interactive digital exhibits line two floors and three stories of New York City’s newest museum: The AKC Museum of the Dog. The museum will officially open February 8, 2019.
Resolve to be Proactive in 2019
It’s New Year’s resolution time of year again. Gyms are overflowing with people who plan to get fit, and grocery store carts are overflowing with vegetables and whole grain foods to fulfill vows to eat healthier.
Back to School: NAVC’s Pet Nutrition Coach Certification
Nutrition is essential to optimal pet health. In veterinary medicine, nutrition is one area that affects every patient that comes into the hospital. When looking at the three components that affect the life of an animal—genetics, environment, and nutrition—nutrition is the one factor that the veterinary healthcare team can impact the most.
Coalition Hails Passage of Legislation as Key Milestone in Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and their Pets
A group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations lauded the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) after advocating for legislation to better protect domestic violence survivors by establishing the critical importance of protecting their pets, too.
AVMA Combating Veterinarian Suicides
The American Veterinary Medical Assn. (AVMA) assisted the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in researching “Suicide among Veterinarians in the United States from 1979 through 2015.”