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Deadline to send letter to NACIQI: Sept. 22
NYSVMS
The window to submit written comments to the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity regarding its impending decision to renew the Council of Education's accrediting authority is coming to a close Sept. 22. As stated in our Sept. 4 email to members, titled "NYSVMS addresses AVMA COE accreditation," the NYSVMS believes "the AVMA COE has not applied the Standards of Accreditation fairly and consistently to all accredited schools; does not operate in an open and transparent manner; and must create further firewalls to eliminate current conflicts of interests within its operations." Click here for our background document on this issue. We urge you to become personally engaged in this national discussion as it will have a lasting impact on our profession and its future leaders. Please send your comments to the NACIQI by clicking here.
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VIN's Paul Pion enters accreditation discussion
Veterinary Information Network
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, VIN president Paul Pion, DVM, DACVIM, sent an email to all VIN members addressing the accreditation discussion. In the letter, Pion stated, "I have hesitated to reach out in a communication like this because I view VIN's role and my role in the profession as promoting education and building a unified community — not a political entity. I am sending this letter because I believe veterinary school accreditation has created an increasingly large divide within our profession. It has placed AVMA at odds with its members, our veterinary schools at odds with its students and alumni and colleagues at odds with colleagues." Click here for the letter.
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Reminder: Advising patients on potential side effects of medications
NYSVMS
In an effort to sidetrack adverse legislation, the NYSVMS has agreed to regularly remind its membership of the importance of advising patients regarding proper usage and potential side effects of medications prescribed. We understand that most practitioners consider this an important part of their practice and believe that we will all become more diligent with an occasional reminder — and sidetrack potentially adverse legislation.
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Nutrition myths: How veterinary technicians can bite back with facts
dvm360 via dvm360.com
VideoBriefAnn Wortinger, LVT, VTS, serves up veterinary nutrition facts on gluten-free, raw and other marketed diets and dishes advice for team members who want to start the nutrition discussion with pet owners.
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Tips from FEMA for caring for your pets in the event of a disaster
Federal Emergency Management Agency
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire, flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.
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Study solves the mystery of bluetongue livestock disease
University of California, Davis
The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the United States an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis.
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Films featuring dogs seem to boost a breed's popularity
University of Bristol via HealthDay News
Movies that feature dogs seem to influence the popularity of the dog's breed for up to a decade, according to a new study. But, this long-term boost in popularity isn't related to a breed's temperament and health, and may have negative consequences for dogs, the researchers cautioned.
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PED-positive farm samples in U.S.: 8,316
The Pig Site
The total number of pig farm samples that have tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus now stands at 8,316 in 31 states, writes Jackie Linden. There were 63 new positive samples in the most recent report. Utah has become the latest state to identify its first case of PEDv.
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Goldfish lifesaving surgery goes swimmingly
USA Today via WFAA-TV
A goldfish named George underwent surgery recently to remove a tumor from his head, according to Lort Smith Animal Hospital, a nonprofit organization in Melbourne, Australia.
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Pets poisoned by e-cigarette liquids on rise
The Daily News Journal
With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, Pet Poison Helpline has encountered a sharp uptick in calls concerning cases of nicotine poisoning in pets that ingested e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine refill solution. Nicotine poses a serious threat of poisoning to dogs and cats, and e-cigarettes back a powerful punch. The problem is that many pet owners don't realize it.
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More U.S. families own cats than stocks
CNNMoney
A lot more American families own cats than individual stocks. Despite the sizzling stock market, Americans remain cool to the idea of having direct exposure to the companies benefiting from the economic recovery. According to new stats from the Federal Reserve, just 13.8 percent of U.S. families held any individual stocks like Apple or Microsoft as of 2013. That's down from nearly 18 percent in 2007 before the market meltdown.
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