Animal Health: Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward (2013)

This report reviews the science that underpins the Bureau of Land Management's oversight of free-ranging horses and burros on federal public lands in the western United States, concluding that constructive changes could be implemented. The Wild Horse and Burro Program has not used scientifically rigorous methods to estimate the population sizes of horses and burros, to model the effects of management actions on the animals, or to assess th... More >>

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Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine (2012)

The veterinary medical profession faces several challenges in coming years, including maintaining the economic sustainability of veterinary practice and education, building its scholarly foundation, and evolving to meet changing societal needs, this report finds. In recent years, the dominant focus of the profession has shifted from farm animal health to companion animal care, and concerns are growing that this emphasis is directing resource... More >>

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Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases (2009)

Recent outbreaks of pandemic H1N1 (so-called "swine flu"), avian influenza H5N1 ("bird flu"), and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are examples of how zoonotic diseases -- those transmissible between humans and animals -- can threaten health and economies around the world. Zoonotic diseases have caused more than 65 percent of emerging infectious disease events in the past six decades, and increasing global interconnectedness means tha... More >>

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Safety of Dietary Supplements for Horses, Dogs, and Cats (2008)

Growing numbers of pet owners are giving their pets dietary supplements in hopes of supporting their health. This increased use of animal dietary supplements has raised concerns regarding the safety of specific supplements and the guidelines for determining safety of dietary supplements for horses, dogs, and cats. At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Natural Research Council convened a committee of experts to assess th... More >>

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Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (2006)

Updating recommendations last made by the National Research Council in the mid-1980s, the report provides nutrient recommendations based on physical activity and stage in life, major factors that influence nutrient needs. It also looks at how nutrients are metabolized in the bodies of dogs and cats, indications of nutrient deficiency, and diseases related to poor nutrition. The report provides a valuable resource for industry professional... More >>