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House of
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The AVMA House of Delegates meeting in Chicago occurred
January 9-11, 2020. Outlined below are the resolutions that
were passed in the House. There were also three Veterinary
Information Forum (VIF) topics: cannabis; connected care/
telehealth; and student externs/practice volunteers and
potential liabilities. You can view their summaries below.

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Improving the utility, nutritional value, affordability, and
safety of human food and animal feeds.

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Promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural
practices.

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Developing new or improved biologics and therapeutic
agents.

The creation of new technologies through research and the
practical application of that knowledge is a valuable adjunct
to veterinary medicine. Therefore, the development of these
technologies should not be impeded so long as they do not
negatively impact health, safety, or welfare of humans, animals,
or the environment. The AVMA supports a science-based
regulatory policy for the approval of technologies developed
through research and innovation. Current regulations include
the evaluation of technologies by the USDA, FDA, EPA, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, or other relevant authorities before they
can be marketed for the intended uses; future evaluations
should continue to be scientifically based with meaningful risk
assessments.

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Developing innovative and useful (sensitive, specific, and
robust) diagnostic and surveillance modalities.

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Harmonizing international research, development,
production, licensure/approval, and use of safe and
effective veterinary biologics, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals,
delivery systems, and other therapeutic products used in
animal health.

Resolution Two: Cribbing in Horses

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Relieving or limiting genetic-based diseases.

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Advancing veterinary medicine and enhancing the health
and wellbeing of animals and the human-animal bond.

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Increasing the efficiency of food and fiber production.

Resolution One: Use of Technology
in Veterinary Medicine
The AVMA affirms and encourages the responsible and ethical
development and use of technology for a variety of applications
in veterinary medicine that can benefit and protect public
health, animal health and welfare, and environmental health.
Examples include:
*	 Enhancing host resistance to infectious diseases.

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Cribbing (also known as crib biting or windsucking) is one of
many repetitive behaviors known as stereotypies, which are
sometimes demonstrated by horses. A variety of devices has
been utilized to prevent horses from cribbing, including hog
rings. The AVMA condemns the use of hog rings or other
devices placed around the teeth to prevent cribbing in horses.
These devices are detrimental to the welfare and health of the
horse due to the potential to cause persistent pain, damage to
the gingiva, periodontal disease and abrasive wear to adjacent


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