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Urgent request for veterinarians and LVTs: ASPCA needs assistance with cockfighting case
NYSVMS
This past weekend, the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response Team was involved in busting the largest cockfighting ring in New York State. The organization is now reaching out to veterinarians and LVTs to assist at the temporary shelter in southern New York. The organization is searching for vets with availability from this Wednesday/Thursday for approximately one week to help with medical intake exams on the thousands of birds seized.
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Fairness to Pet Owners Act reintroduced in House of Representatives
NYSVMS
The Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 4023) has been reintroduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. The bill would require veterinarians to issue prescriptions to clients, a move Walmart and other retailers say would enable pet owners to bargain hunt in pharmacies for their pet medications. When it was initially introduced in 2011, the bill was opposed by the AVMA and deemed as confusing and cumbersome since scripting out was, and is already, a common practice.
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NYSVMS Legislative Reception
NYSVMS
Mark Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m., on your calendar and be sure to attend the NYSVMS Legislative Reception at The University Club in Albany. The reception is a wonderful chance to meet your state senators and assembly members to discuss the issues of concern to the profession of veterinary medicine. RSVP is required. To RSVP, call Bryana Wachowicz at 800-876-9867 or email bwachowicz@nysvms.org.
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NYSVMS looking for donations for NYS-VC Wine Wall and Silent Auction
NYSVMS
Funds raised at the NYS-VC Wine Wall and Silent Auction benefit NYSVMS legislative advocacy through the Veterinary Political Education Committee and the NYSVMS scholarship, awarded annually to a veterinary student at Cornell. Please consider donating an item or bottle of wine if you can, and be sure to join us at the NYS-VC Purple Party and Silent Auction, Saturday, May 17, 5-7 p.m.
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President Barack Obama signs farm bill into law at veterinary college
AVMA
President Barack Obama signed the long-awaited farm bill at the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. The farm bill is only the second time that Obama has signed legislation in a location other than the White House. This vital legislation has a far-reaching impact on the work veterinarians do every day to protect the health and welfare of both people and animals. Fittingly, he chose a college of veterinary medicine to sign it into law.
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Food for thought: Thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats
VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com
Despite improvements in the nutritional content of commercial pet foods, since 2009 there have been five major pet food recalls in the U.S. as a result of thiamine-deficient pet foods. This review describes the clinical signs of thiamine deficiency, as well as causes, diagnosis and treatment.
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Three steps to creating curb appeal
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
A quick look at your site and building creates clients' and community members' first and last impressions of your practice — and influences their assessment of the service and medical care you offer. So it's important for your building's exterior, sign, drives, parking lot and landscaping to project a positive image.
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Study: Playing video games could improve laparoscopic surgery performance
American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary students who play video games might actually be setting themselves up for better performances during laparoscopic surgery, says a new study published in the Feb. 1 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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New tools for assessing chronic pain in cats
Winn Feline Foundation
The goal of this study was to develop tools that could be used to measure chronic pain in cats and design appropriate studies that will identify new treatments for pain. The first tool is the Feline Brief Pain Inventory, which is an owner completed questionnaire that will identify and report on how the cat behaves at home. The second is a small activity monitor that can be worn on the cat's collar during normal activities.
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Pro-Pet LLC recalls a limited number of dry dog and cat foods due to possible Salmonella contamination
Food and Drug Administration
Pro-Pet LLC of St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of dry dog and cat foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two-day period on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination.
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Cat bites are more dangerous than you think
Mother Nature Network
Cat bites might not look serious, but they can lead to severe infections and even hospitalization, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. Although cats have no more bacteria in their mouths than dogs, cats' teeth typically penetrate the skin deeper, pushing germs into tissue and joints and making them more likely to cause infection.
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