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NYS-VC Spring registration is now open
NYSVMS
Click here to register for NYS-VC Spring and be sure to join us May 15-17 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook. NYS-VC Spring will focus on companion animal medicine with three concurrent medicine and surgery tracks per day, and a track dedicated to LVTs. In addition to earning 20 CE credits and opportunities to network with your peers, NYS-VC Spring will feature the ever-popular Purple Party, Silent Auction and Wine Wall on Saturday, May 16.
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Is the anti-vaccination movement spreading to pet owners?
New York
The measles outbreak in the U.S. has topped 100 cases so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a large number of those cases suspected to stem from a single visitor to the Disney theme parks in California. Many physicians have pinned the larger blame on lower immunization rates as a result of vaccine denialism. But animal doctors, who say the rejection of vaccines is spreading to the veterinary world, are less worried about what happened in a certain mouse's house than about the dogs and cats they see every day. The vast majority of puppies taken to the vet in the U.S. receive a suite of shots, including a vaccine against a highly contagious viral illness known as "canine distemper," which causes potentially fatal respiratory and gastrointestinal distress in dogs. NYSVMS Past President Christopher Brockett says he has "definitely" seen pet owners deciding to skip vaccines more frequently. When it comes to illnesses such as distemper in dogs, that might pose a risk. "The fewer animals that are getting the vaccine, the greater the likelihood that you're going to have a firestorm if something that is that highly communicable comes along," Brockett says.
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FDA's veterinary regulators eye dozens of policy changes in 2015
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
The US Food and Drug Administration's veterinary regulatory division, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, plans to release 31 new or updated policies in 2015, it has confirmed. In a notice posted on FDA's website, CVM announced top-level details about which guidance documents it plans to release in the coming year. Guidance documents are non-binding expressions of policy, and indicate how FDA wants members of the life science industry to comply with its existing regulations.
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President's budget protects horses from U.S. slaughter
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 reaffirms the president's support for a ban on the use of tax dollars for horse slaughter. If accepted by Congress, the budget proposal will renew language prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture from spending any tax dollars on inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants and prevent horse slaughter plants from opening in the U.S. for another fiscal year.
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month
AVMA
Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath. That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.
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Hearing loss in adult horses
The Horse
Have you ever strained to hear your trainer over a blustery wind, pattering rain on an arena roof or a crowded warm-up arena at a competition? Guess what — you might not have been the only one. Although not often reported, horses can have a hard time hearing, as well.
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Does new data show veterinary prices dropping?
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Bucking the U.S. government's assertion that prices for products and services at veterinary hospitals rose 15 percent from 2009 to 2013, pet insurance provider VPI-Nationwide and an economist from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management have concluded that charges for veterinary services actually fell 1 percent in that four-year period.
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Antibiotic resistance could be transmitted through the air from farms
Medical News Today
A team from the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, analyzed air samples around feedlots at cattle farms in the Southern High Plains that lie in northwestern Texas. In the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, they report how they found evidence of feedlot-derived bacteria, antibiotics and bits of DNA that code for antibiotic resistance, in the samples.
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Determining muscle and joint pain in cats
Winn Feline Foundation
The problem of degenerative joint disease is commonly found in domestic cats and accompanied by radiographic abnormalities and mobility impairment. There has been a lack of progress in establishing an effective therapeutic regimen for those cats affected due to a lack of validated owner-administered assessment methods.
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Feline breast cancer study hopes to find better treatments for animals and humans
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College and McMaster University's Immunology Research Centre have joined together to treat breast cancer in cats using new vaccines designed to boost the immune system and kill tumor cells without harming healthy tissue, according to a University of Guelph release. The trial may lead to better treatment of breast cancer in animals and people.
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APHIS administrator shares new agency strategic plan
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The start of a new year is a good time to take stock of priorities and set new goals. In keeping with that tradition, here is Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Strategic Plan for 2015-2019. While the plan serves as an important internal guidance document, it's also relevant for you, our valued and important customers and stakeholders who are interested in the overarching direction of the agency and the driving forces at play in our decision-making.
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New owl species arises from case of mistaken identity
LiveScience via Discovery News
Once mistaken for another species of owl, the golden-eyed "desert tawny owl" is now finally getting its due. In a new report, researchers examined the plumage and body shape of owl specimens from museums around the world that had previously been thought to be members of a species called Hume's owl.
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Unlike footballs, these animals are meant to deflate
National Geographic
As the New England Patriots recently learned, deflating game balls can attract a ton of unwanted attention. But in the wild, animals inflate and deflate every day — and they're doing it because they want all that attention.
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