Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and arguably the most respected doctor in the world for his leadership in providing candid, transparent information about the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to address the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention, which starts tomorrow and was moved online earlier this spring because of the virus.
About 2,000 veterinarians, veterinary support staff, veterinary technicians, and people representing the veterinary industry have registered for this year’s convention, according to the AVMA website. It’s a fraction of the 8,000 attendees at last year’s convention in Washington, D.C.
“We are delighted and honored to have Dr. Fauci share this update on COVID-19 and One Health with our members,” Dr. Douglas Kratt, president of the AVMA, said in a press release.
We, at The Canine Review, hope Dr. Fauci will address what seems to be an ironic lack of transparency among the veterinary community regarding COVID-19 and how it affects domestic pets. Nobody is suggesting that dogs are spreading the virus to people; however, there have now been four dogs that have died out of the thirteen total dogs that have been confirmed as positive for the virus as of today. As more of our pets become infected, these cases – and, particularly, the records – become more important.
Last week in North Carolina, a press release announced the fourth death of the fourth household dog that tested positive for Covid. In this press release, even the age, breed, and gender of the dog were withheld (and officials have declined to speak to TCR or provide additional information). However, the press release notes that the dog was “demonstrating signs of respiratory distress” and “succumbed to its acute illness.” The announcement also notes that the cause of death remains undetermined, yet a necropsy was performed (which the state has also declined to release).
TCR has already asked Dr. Fauci to comment, not on the actual cases as veterinary medicine obviously is not his area of expertise, but instead on the larger issue of transparency in health care circles during a pandemic.
We’ll keep you posted.