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AVMA calls on veterinarians to oppose the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (HR 4023)
AVMA
The AVMA has issued a call to action, asking veterinarians to contact their representative in opposition to the Fairness to Pet Owners Act. Introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, H.R. 4023, would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. While currently reviewing the legislation, the AVMA was vehemently opposed to similar language in the 112th Congress.
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NYSVMS Legislative Reception next week — Are you in?
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 of Albany. The reception is a wonderful chance to meet your state senators and assembly members to discuss 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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Safer, faster technique to diagnose horse eye problems
Cornell University
Horses face high risks of developing eye problems, and Cornell clinicians have developed a new way to detect and diagnose them more safely and quickly than before. Published online in January in the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology, their findings are the first to show how horses with microscopic foreign objects in their eyes can benefit from in vivo corneal confocal microscopy, a human medical technique that allows doctors to take pictures of living eyes in microscopic detail without a scratch.
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Labradoodle creator laments designer dog craze
The Associated Press
Wally Conron, the man who is credited with inventing the Labradoodle breed and kicking off the "designer dog craze," recently spoke to The Associated Press about his regrets.
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Overdue farm bill to finally become law
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
The 959-page, $956 billion farm bill was signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 7 at the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Lansing, Mich. The U.S. Senate passed it Feb. 4 68 to 32, helped along with often rare bipartisan support.
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Labradoodle creator laments designer dog craze
The Associated Press
Wally Conron, the man who is credited with inventing the Labradoodle breed and kicking off the "designer dog craze," recently spoke to The Associated Press about his regrets.
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Advanced imaging: Its place in general practice
Today's Veterinary Practice
Dr. Matthew Wright provides recommendations for identifying veterinary patients that will benefit from advanced imaging, addresses the importance of client communication and discusses new advancements that may help practitioners introduce advanced imaging into their practices.
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Final rule regarding imports and BSE effective March 4
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule to amend federal import regulations for animals and animal products with regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which becomes effective next month.
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US launches new global initiative to prevent infectious disease threats
The Washington Post
Faced with what they describe as a perfect storm of converging threats from infectious-disease epidemics, U.S. officials launched a global effort with more than two dozen countries and international organizations to prevent deadly outbreaks from spreading. The goal is to prevent, detect and respond to infectious-disease threats where they start. That's more effective and less costly than treating sick people after diseases spread.
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The bird that does unbelievable impressions of chainsaws, car alarms
Wired
Charles Darwin hated the peacock — hated it — at one point writing that he was simply sickened by its ostentatious feathers. He couldn't for the life of him figure out why a creature would essentially beg to be hunted, seemingly in wanton disregard of his new theory of evolution, which is about the survival (not the evisceration) of the fittest.
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The behavioral interview: How it can work for veterinary practices
Veterinary Team Brief
If you have ever made a serious error in recruitment, you may want to consider this approach. Nothing will ever reduce to zero the chances of recruiting an unsatisfactory candidate, but behavioral interviewing can significantly reduce your chances.
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Canine hyperadrenocorticism: Challenges establishing the diagnosis
Today's Veterinary Practice
Canine Cushing's disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, can be challenging to definitively diagnose. Given the complexity of hyperadrenocorticism, the authors provide an in-depth review of the diagnostic process, including an algorithm and case study, to aid the practitioner.
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Domesticated dogs less adept at learning from each other than wolves
American Animal Hospital Association
A new study from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna suggests that domestication has largely sapped dogs of their ability to learn from each other, at least compared to their wolf relatives. The study, published in PLOS ONE, sought to determine whether domesticated dogs and wolves differ in their ability to observe and learn from each other.
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