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Military veterinary facilities suspend most surgeries for pets
Stars and Stripes via Military.com
Military veterinary clinics around the world are scaling back the services they offer for privately owned pets in an effort to save money. U.S. Army Public Health Command, which oversees veterinary treatment facilities at all military installations, temporarily suspended in mid-October almost all procedures involving anesthetics for privately owned animals at most of its approximately 150 locations, said Lt. Col. Matt Takara, the command's program manager for animal medicine.
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Fighting the cyberbully: How harassment can affect your practice
AVMA
June 19 started out like any other typical Thursday for Dr. Jennifer Eachus as she got ready for work, that is, until she received the email that sent her life — and practice — spiraling into a waking nightmare. In June, when Bella the cat was adopted from Dr. Eachus' Cat Clinic of Cary, North Carolina, the veterinarian had been happy that Bella had found a loving home. The adopter had been referred by a former Cat Clinic employee who had previously worked at another clinic where the adopter was a client.
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Informational meeting on careers in veterinary medicine at Medaille for high school students Nov. 19
The Buffalo News
High school students are invited to explore the world of veterinary medicine from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 19, at an informational meeting sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society at Medaille College in Buffalo. High school students considering a career in veterinary medicine will be able to learn more about membership in the 2015 Veterinary Explorer Post that offers hands-on experience through field trips to animal shelters, dairy farms and veterinary clinics. Also planned is a visit to the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. The program is conducted by a team of veterinarians led by NYSVMS Past President Rene van Ee, DVM, Amanda Schepis, DVM, and Allison Bliss, DVM.
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Health initiative targets exotic pet keepers
PRNewswire via Emergent Disease Foundation
In response to the burgeoning exotic pet trade, and subsequent increased risk to human health, the Emergent Disease Foundation, One Health Initiative, Worldwide Veterinary Service and UNISON have collaborated in the launch of a new leaflet containing important hygiene measures concerning exotic pets. It is hoped that the leaflet, titled Exotic pets: Reducing the of risk of human infection, will be distributed via medical centers, veterinary clinics and pet shops to help raise vital awareness and minimize illness. The advice contained in the leaflet is taken from an independent scientific paper, titled A review of captive exotic animal-linked zoonoses, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health Research.
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Public universities and veterinary medical colleges announce creation of Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges via PRNewswire
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The task force is comprised of representatives from U.S. agriculture colleges/land grant universities and veterinary colleges, as well as key representatives from the production animal agriculture community and the pharmaceutical industry. The goal of the task force is to help advise the federal government on a research agenda and also help publicly disseminate information on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture.
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Economists: New veterinary degrees may not pay off
VIN News Service
Veterinary practices have gotten busier in the past two years, but those wanting to join the profession still face a combination of educational debt and low earning potential that makes a veterinary education a poor financial investment for most college graduates, according to preliminary results from several studies presented at the AVMA's Annual Economic Summit in Chicago.
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Behavior changes in cats during hospitalization
Winn Feline Foundation
Authors assessed the use of a novel cat demeanor behavioral scoring system in determining responses of cats during short-term hospitalization. They believe an effective behavioral scoring system has to consider the individual temperament of the cat and also be able to monitor daily behavior during hospitalization.
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AVMA wants you to share your leptospirosis experiences
AVMA
The American Veterinary Medical Association is inviting practicing veterinarians and their technicians to share their experiences with leptospirosis. Using this data, we'll work to track leptospirosis rates across the country. Before taking the survey, you may want to review your records in order to provide the most up-to-date information you have available, even if you need to estimate. Please submit only one response per clinic — qualified entries win a $5 Starbucks® gift card! Take the five-minute survey.
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Control of postamputation bleeding using aminocaproic acid
VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com
Sighthounds have physiological differences from other breeds, such as high hemoglobin concentrations and packed cell volume; low platelet, white blood cell and neutrophil counts; and low total serum protein concentrations. Studies have found that retired racing greyhounds may also have a higher than normal risk of postoperative bleeding, which is thought to be due to a defect in the clot maintenance phase of coagulation. Thus, affected dogs may have normal results in preoperative hemostasis assays.
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Study on human nails may shed light on disease in the hooves of animals
Veterinary Practice News
A new study focusing on the physics of human nail conditions may bring focus on disease in the hooves of farm animals and horses. Researchers from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science devised equations to identify the physical laws that govern nail growth, and used them to shed light on the causes of some of the most common nail problems, such as ingrown toenails, spoon-shaped nails and pincer nails.
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In more cities, that doggie in the window is not for sale
NPR
VideoBriefJust about everyone loves puppies. But around the country, there's heated disagreement about where, and from whom, people can get one. While the large national pet store chains don't sell dogs, other chains and shops do. But in several states, including Florida, cities are passing laws that ban puppy sales in pet stores.
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Feline diabetes research found to be poor quality in veterinary review
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Asystematic review of feline diabetes research looking at the evidence surrounding remission rates and factors predicting remission of diabetes in cats was recently published in The Veterinary Journal. A research team systematically identified and examined a number of bibliographic reference lists. The team assigned a level of evidence to each article they found using various scales to determine follow-up, case control and risk of bias factors.
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Rare dwarf buffalo charges against extinction
Discovery News
The population of the Philippines' dwarf buffalo, one of the world's rarest animals, has grown to its largest since efforts to save them from extinction began.
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Dogs with lymphoma and mast cell tumors needed for clinical trial
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Colonial Animal Hospital, VCA Animal Specialty Center of Yonkers and Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York are working closely with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University to enroll dogs with multicentric lymphoma and grade 2 or higher mast cell tumors in a clinical trial. The trial will determine whether a specially formulated diet may reduce gastrointestinal side effects associated with chemotherapy and improve the quality of life of dogs undergoing chemotherapy.
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ISU clinical trial hopes to aid paralyzed dogs
Ames Tribune
Veterinarians at Iowa State University are hoping to give 60 dogs a second chance at walking. The university's clinical trial for paralyzed dogs is testing a new drug that could potentially help more dogs overcome severe spinal cord injuries. The trial currently includes 15 dogs, but they hope to get 60 involved. Of the first 15, the trial has dogs arriving from "all over the place," ranging from New York and Florida to California and Texas. The trial is looking for small to medium-sized applicants, weighing 45 pounds or less. Hu said each dog must have a midback injury older than three months
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