Some of the top veterinary topics we’ll be covering in 2018 for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary industry professionals on Off Label Veterinary News.
1. Veterinary Telemedicine – VCPR, AVMA, State Veterinary Medical Boards
2. Student Debt – many will seek additional or alternative income streams, how will this affect retirement, future supply of veterinarians
3. Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) – in addition to title change, expanding role, increasing specialization
4. Cost of care, Affordable Pet Care – pet insurance, non-profits, expanding services by non-profits, animal shelters
5. Pet Food Innovations – Novel protein sources for pet foods, innovations in pet food distribution and delivery, freeze-dried, raw, and human-grade pet food ingredients and formulations; “restaurant” style whole, fresh food manufacturers for dog and cat foods with home delivery; vegan, organic, humanely-raised, and “meat-less” pet foods will continue to appeal to more pet owners, especially younger, more health-conscious pet owners.
6. Environmental Advocacy and Understanding the Impact of Animals on Planet – Antibiotic resistance, water and land usage, deforestation are all issues the veterinary profession needs to be addressing openly; should we be killing animals to feed rescue animals in “no-kill shelters” is a question many will be asking as the LA Animal Shelter controversy encourages debate on this topic.
7. Opioids and the Veterinary Profession – Why aren’t veterinarian collaborating more with human healthcare professionals to combat opioid abuse? Why are many state veterinary medical boards and associations opposing veterinarians’ participation these prescription reporting programs? STOP Act in North Carolina, Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2017
8. Cannabis Use in Pets – 29 states allow legal medical use of marijuana, 8 states recreational use, yet most veterinarian know little about cannabinoids or CBD usage. 2018 should be the year veterinary professionals learn more about medical marijuana usage in animals.
9. Alternative Medicine – As evidence grows supporting class 4 laser therapies, acupuncture, rehabilitative medicine, nutritional counseling and weight loss, how will veterinarian respond? What happens to the “Anti-vaccine Movement” in 2018?
10. ChatBots, Artificial and Synthetic Intelligence will be increasingly integrated into daily pet life and veterinary clinics.
11. Pet Care by App – Rover, PetCoach by Petco, DogVacay, MapMyDogWalk, wearables, smart bowls such as Obe
12. Advances in Medicine: SuperCombo Parasiticides – several extended duration combination parasiticides will come to market in 2018 and 2019; Immunotherapies (immune checkpoint inhibitors) and targeted therapies (tyrosine kinase inhibitors [TKIs] that target specific mutations in one or more oncogenic drivers); Cancer Vaccines – Oncept; Canine Oral Melanoma, Canine Autologous Cancer Vaccine K9-ACV for solid tumor vaccine for hemangiosarcoma, mammary tumors, squamous cell carcinoma – further clinical trials are currently under way at Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the vaccine is available commercially for veterinary use, MediVet Biologics; Stem Cell therapies
13. Pet DNA tests – transcending merely “who’s your grandaddy” to more expanded (and precise) disease prediction over the next 5 years