Navigation Links
Revised AVMA Policy on Castrating and Dehorning Cattle Provides Additional Guidance for Managing Pain
Date:5/12/2008

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has revised its policy on castration and dehorning of cattle to provide veterinarians with additional guidance for managing pain associated with these procedures. The revised policy, approved on April 12, 2008, does not dictate that practitioners use any particular method of pain management or drug. Instead it provides some basic recommendations for consideration by practitioners when they work with producers to achieve the goal of pain management.

Revisions made to the policy are the result of a comprehensive review of recent science that has provided more information about identifying and ameliorating pain experienced by cattle during castration and dehorning.

"Individual practitioners are encouraged to achieve pain management, when possible, using their education, experience and judgment," says Dr. Gail Golab, director of the AVMA Animal Welfare Division. "Administration of appropriate medications is one potential strategy; however, effective pain control does not always require the use of medications. It is also possible to mitigate pain by selecting a better technique or by applying a technique at a more appropriate age."

According to Dr. James Reynolds, a member of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee and a bovine practitioner, the revised policy specifically respects the ability of veterinarians to determine the best way to mitigate pain in their patients on a case-by-case basis.

"The AVMA is not trying to dictate medical procedures, but it is the role of the AVMA to advise veterinarians on contemporary research," explains Dr. Reynolds. "With respect to dehorning and castration, current research supports this revised policy."

Dr. Reynolds reiterated that the revised policy does not suggest that pain medications must be used. For example, disbudding cattle within the first few weeks of life reduces pain compared with removing horns that have fused to the skull.

The full policy may be accessed on the AVMA Website (http://www.avma.org) at http://www.avma.org/issues/policy/animal_welfare/dehorning_cattle.asp. Backgrounders on castration and dehorning have been compiled by the AVMA Animal Welfare Division and are available at http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/backgrounders.asp.

The AVMA and its more than 78,000 member veterinarians are engaged in a wide

variety of activities dedicated to advancing the science and art of animal,

human and public health. Visit the AVMA Web site at http://www.avma.org for
more information.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Revised California Stem Cell Research Rules Fail to Ensure Affordable Access to Cures, Consumers Warn
2. Chest Compressions Key to Revised CPR Guidelines
3. Schedules Revised for Flu, Meningitis Vaccines
4. Mayo researchers say ECG standards should be revised for elderly
5. Mayo Researchers Say ECG Standards Should Be Revised for Elderly
6. USP announces revised glycerin monograph
7. QED International Associates Announces Changes to the HealthShares(TM) Cardio Devices Index (As Revised)
8. GPhAs 2007 Annual Policy Conference Features Top Generic Industry CEOs; FDA, Government Officials; Wall Street Analysts
9. Chinas 1-child policy could backfire on its elderly
10. Education Key Focus of Michigan Policy Summit
11. Consumer Group: Hillary Clintons Mandatory Health Insurance Purchase Plan is an Act of War on the Middle Class Family That Cant Afford $12k Policy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... ... make New Year’s resolutions or renew their commitment to better health with the start of ... want to kick off 2017 with better smiles. Dr. Mondavi is offering several promotions for ... , , A new patient package for just $49, which can ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... and the Montclair State University’s Athletic Training Education program forged a relationship built ... Training Education Program, which is consists of both student members and certified ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... Creek, MI (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... abuse located in Southwest Michigan, joined other volunteers and organizations in support of the ... hundreds of children and families dressed up in colorful costumes of all designs coming ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of premium residential ... Hanover, New Jersey. , “We are elated to be opening this new showroom,” explains ... designed to give clients a seamless and motivating shopping experience.” , Every fitness journey ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... With the Grand Opening Event planned ... for use by sports teams and the general public. Built in five months by ... also be converted into basketball or pickleball courts. The space is also suitable for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)...  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW ), ... disease and critical care monitoring, plans to announce its ... after the market closes on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, ... ET that day to discuss those results. ... or (201) 689-8037.  For 72 hours following the call, ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Jan. 17, 2017  From the company that brought a full ... years ago, comes a new line of companion animal pet first ... leader in equine first aid, has developed two sizes of small ... , Inc. Featuring a small and a large ... and rodeo family, is not a newcomer to working with small ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... HOUSTON , Jan. 17, 2017  OrthoAccel ® ... Clinical Orthodontics (JCO) has published "The Effect of ... adolescent patients. Conducted by Dr. S. Jay Bowman ... treating Class II malocclusions, AcceleDent,s SoftPulse Technology ® ... crown while also reducing the number of days to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: