Fountain Report Excerpts April 19, 2022

Fountain Report Excerpts
  1. Arkansas-based Lyon College announced this week that it’s begun the accreditation process to open the state’s first veterinary and dental schools. They’re planned to be in Little Rock, about 100 miles southwest of the college’s main campus in Batesville. Since access to veterinary and dental care is becoming a higher priority, the timing is right for Lyon, a small liberal arts college, to expand, said the college’s president, Melissa Taverner. The schools will offer Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Medical Dentistry degrees. Lyon is partnering with educational consultant OneHealth on the project, as well as the two main accreditation agencies for veterinary and dental education. Taverner said they’ll soon begin a nationwide search for faculty and administrators for the schools. According to Lyon, inaugural classes could begin as early as 2024 or 2025.
  1. The FDA has released new guidelines for animal drug compounding, which is the process of combining, mixing or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual animal or a small group of animals. The new guidance “describes the agency’s approach to situations where veterinarians use unapproved compounded drugs to provide appropriate care for the medical needs of the diverse species they treat,” the FDA’s announcement says. “The FDA recognizes that this final guidance covers a wide range of stakeholders and plans to focus on education and stakeholder engagement before shifting resources toward inspectional activities in Fiscal Year 2023.”
  1. A new smartphone app from Texas A&M aims to help early-career veterinarians monitor livestock diseases. The Veterinary Syndromic Surveillance System, or VSS, allows veterinarians to access and input disease information so the tool can be used for state and regional disease surveillance. The app, whose development was funded by a USDA grant, is available only to veterinarians. Animal health regulatory agencies in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona were involved in the project, said Dr. Tom Hairgrove, a Texas A&M cattle veterinary specialist who led the project. Hairgrove said the new app, unlike previous versions, will use artificial intelligence to detect disease trends.

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