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AVMA requests nominations for Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation
AVMA
The AVMA is inviting nominations for association members to serve on the new AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation. The association is searching for individuals who are subject matter experts and knowledgeable in the compounding needs of veterinary practitioners. The charge of the task force is to develop a legislative proposal pursuant to the AVMA's policies on compounding. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the task force is April 4.
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FDA study: Raw pet food diets far more likely to harbor bacteria
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
In a recent two-year study, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine screened over 1,000 samples of pet food for bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses.(The illnesses are called "food-borne" because the bacteria are carried, or "borne," in or on contaminated food.) The study showed that, compared to other types of pet food tested, raw pet food was more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.
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NYS-VC Spring — Register today!
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The deadlines for early-bird registration and the NYS-VC room block at the Westchester Hilton are coming up quick! Register by April 15 to receive the reduced rates, and be sure to attend this exciting inaugural conference in Rye Brook, May 16-18. Earn 19 continuing education credits and network with your tri-state peers!
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Do canned cat foods contain enough thiamine?
Winn Feline Foundation
Thiamine (vitamin B1) is an essential nutrient necessary for carbohydrate metabolism, muscle contraction and nerve conduction. Very little thiamine is stored in the body, and cats (as well as all animals) depend on a steady dietary source of the vitamin.
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FDA approves 1st insulin product for use with automatic injection pen in cats and dogs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration announced the first approval of an insulin for use in cats and dogs via an automatic injection pen. Vetsulin, a porcine insulin, may now be used with the VetPen automatic injection pen. The approval provides consumers with the option of using Vetsulin with the refillable VetPen, which automatically measures out the prescribed insulin dose.
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Manage coccidiosis to reduce losses among newborn animals
Drovers Cattle Network
Estimates are that coccidiosis costs the beef industry $100 million annually, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff UAPB. Caused by a single-celled parasite, a protozoan, coccidiosis is also the second most important internal parasite of sheep.
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Veterinarians find therapy rich in possibilities
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Platelet-rich plasma therapies have been studied extensively in human clinical medicine and in experimental animal models for facilitating the healing of bone, tendon and ligament as well as for intra-articular treatment of osteoarthritis. Although evidence supporting the efficacy of such treatments isn't always clear, the potential for augmented tissue healing using a simple, relatively inexpensive and autologous therapy is driving continued use and investigation in human medicine.
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Lyme prevention approach uses vaccine-laced bait
Memphis Business Journal
U.S. Biologic is looking to rabies prevention as inspiration for the launch of its first product. The company, which has developed an oral bait Lyme disease vaccine that is distributed to white-footed mice in fields around the Northeast, is taking a similar approach as rabies prevention with the delivery method for its product.
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Veterinary practices running Windows XP will soon be attractive targets for hackers
American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary practices using Windows XP as part of their business operations have until April 8 before their important data is at substantial risk. After April 8, Microsoft will cease support for Windows XP and no longer provide security updates. Computers still running the operating system will become veritable playgrounds for malicious hackers who are hungry for valuable data.
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