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Advocacy on Issues for Cattle Veterinarians

Several years ago, my practice conducted a survey of our dairy customers as a client feedback tool. One of the comments I remember was that a customer appreciated the veterinarian pointing out areas that needed to be addressed before there was a problem. Likewise, AABP has identified several areas that we need to address. There are many issues facing our profession and much work to be done to advocate for our members. In our membership survey, 100% of the respondents reported that it was important to have an organization advocate for them, but many are unaware of the issues. I want to discuss a few of them.

Last fall, the AABP Board of Directors initiated a task force to look at ethical issues of cattle practice. The AVMA has a document titled “The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics”, and many states also have ethical guidelines in their practice acts. I thank the AABP Ethics Task Force for addressing some of the issues they have identified. These busy AABP members have had a conference call every week. One area they have devoted a lot of time to is pharmaceutical company rebates to veterinarians. This is not a simple issue and it affects many of our members. How do we reconcile the fact that the FDA and consumers place the trust of oversight of medical treatments on cattle operations in our hands and yet we profit from the sale or prescribing of these pharmaceuticals?

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