AABP: Vets should perform repro exams

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In some areas, there has been a proliferation of people offering bovine reproductive services who are not licensed veterinarians. Recently, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners developed a position statement on transrectal palpation. The AABP Board of Directors passed the position statement that was  submitted by the AABP Reproduction Committee.

It reads: “Transrectal examination of the reproductive tract by palpation, ultrasound, or any other method constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine and should be performed by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Examination and assessment of the bovine reproductive tract is a skilled diagnostic procedure requiring integrative knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to perform safely and correctly”.

AABP President Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, Louisiana State University, offers the reasoning behind AABP’s position statement. “Accurate, timely pregnancy diagnosis in cattle is critical to herd productivity and profitability,” she says. “Pregnancy diagnosis by transrectal palpation or ultrasound takes knowledge and skill. Keeping pregnancy diagnosis within the purview of veterinary practice helps protect livestock producers by making sure that pregnancy diagnosis is performed by properly trained and licensed people.”

For more information, visit http://www.aabp.org/.



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Pablo Moreno    
Lexington Ky  |  April, 11, 2011 at 08:14 AM

I am doing this comment with all my respect to the Veterinary profession. I understand that license is a test to perform veterinary practice in USA. Be Veterinarians from other counties, does not mean that he or she does not have the knowledge and skill to perform a reproductive tract by palpation, ultrasound, or any other method. Please do not use the term of license as an equivalent to knowledge. Veterinarians from other part of the world have knowledge equal to a license veterinarian in USA (sometimes better than some license Veterinarians in USA) Thanks

Christine Navarre    
LSU AgCenter  |  April, 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Hi Pablo, My comments were not meant to imply that veterinarians from other countries are not as equally capable of pregnancy diagnosis as US veterinarians. I know they are. These comments refer strictly to the situation in the US. Thanks for your interest.