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Veterinary programs win funding in Senate-approved farm bill
Veterinary Practice News
The U.S. Senate recently approved the long-awaited farm bill, a $956 billion package that authorizes an array of programs, including subsidies to farmers, food stamps for the poor and funding for a range of veterinary programs. The AVMA praised Congress for passing the bill, which the Schaumburg, Ill., organization stated will "allow the nation's veterinarians and scientists to continue ensuring food safety, conducting important agriculture and animal research and protecting the health and welfare of animals."
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IDEXX issues update
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In response to the email we sent out last week regarding a potential security breach in practices using Cornerstone via remote access, IDEXX has provided us with the following update and information: "There has been no security breach within the Cornerstone Practice Management software or any other IDEXX product or service. We are aware that there are security vulnerabilities with veterinary practices that have open Internet routers in their clinics, but this is an issue unrelated to the practice's software and is not unique to veterinary practices." IDEXX's security recommendations are available through this link.
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Amherst law advanced on 'puppy mill'-pet store connection
The Buffalo News
The town of Amherst would be one of the first communities in the state — if not the first — to adopt a local law cracking down on pet dealers and the retail sales of puppies. In a move applauded by animal rights organizations, the Amherst Town Board directed the town's attorney to draft local legislation creating more oversight of pet dealers, in an effort to end the "puppy mill"-to-pet store connection in Amherst.
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Top veterinary toxins list includes joint supplements, grapes, raisins in 2013
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
The veterinarians and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline have released their top 10 list of household items that generated the most poison consultations for dogs and cats in 2013. The items below are presented in order of frequency, with No. 1 being the item that caused the most emergency calls to Pet Poison Helpline.
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The ins and outs of extra-label drug use in animals: A resource for veterinarians
Food and Drug Administration
As a practicing veterinarian, you've likely prescribed a drug for an extra-label use. What does that mean? What gives you the legal ability to do so? What conditions must be met? By explaining Food and Drug Administration's requirements for extra-label drug use in animals, this article answers these questions and more.
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Scientists set out to map whole genome of cats — 99 of them
San Francisco Chronicle
Cats may not have nine lives, as the myth goes, but they do have 38 chromosomes. And a team led by a former UC Davis professor is trying to understand those genes by sequencing a lot of cats — 99 cats, to be precise.
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Pet Nutrition Alliance unveils suite of free nutrition tools for veterinary professionals
American Animal Hospital Association
The Pet Nutrition Alliance is bringing nutrition tools to the veterinary professional with the launch of a new go-to website for credible pet nutrition resources. The new website, the first of its kind go-to resource for credible pet nutrition information, was revealed Jan. 19.
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The dos and don'ts of telephone discussions with clients
Veterinary Team Brief
The saying, "it's not what you say, it's the way you say it," is true. In veterinary practice, one without the other leaves pet owners confused, concerned or completely disconnected from you, their veterinarian. Without face-to-face contact, it is a challenge to discuss diagnoses and surgical recommendations over the phone.
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Labrador Retriever, other large dogs top popularity list
Veterinary Practice News
The mild-mannered, family-friendly Labrador Retriever is once again the most popular dog breed in the U.S., the American Kennel Club reported. Labs earned the top spot for the 23rd consecutive year, though the French Bulldog could challenge for the lead at some point if its rise continues.
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