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Antimicrobials: Usage falling, resistance rising
The Fish Site
Antimicrobial usage is falling in Europe, but bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increasing at an alarming rate. Sales data show less antimicrobials are being bought across Europe, while individual countries, such as Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K. can illustrate a decline in usage. However, the increase in antibiotic resistance over recent years now poses a "serious risk" to public health, said the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe this week.
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NYSVMS online dues renewal update
NYSVMS
Last week, the NYSVMS rolled out its 2015 dues renewal campaign. You should have received the initial announcement and your invoice electronically late last week. If you did not receive them, or should you have any questions, you can reach us any time at staff@nysvms.org or by calling 800-876-9867.
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Lakeland animal feed recalled after three horses die
Lakeland Animal Nutrition
Lakeland Animal Nutrition is recalling four of its horse feed products following a possible link to the deaths of three horses in Florida. The following horse feed(s) are being voluntarily recalled by Lakeland: Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-251) — manufacture date: Sept. 8; Signature Equilete Pellet (Lot Number 14-259) — manufacture date: Sept. 16; Signature Status Pellet (Lot Number 14-280) — manufacture date: Oct. 7; and LAN 10 Pellet (Lot Number 14-281) — manufacture date: Oct. 8.
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Veterinarians at Colorado State University pursue stem-cell therapy for cats with severe kidney disease
Colorado State University
Colorado State University is the sole veterinary institution in the nation using stem-cell therapy to treat feline kidney disease, common among pet cats, and researchers are now launching a new clinical trial to further explore the power of stem cells to improve organ function.
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NYSVMS seeks AVMA Delegate and Alternate Delegate nominations
NYSVMS
The NYSVMS is now accepting submissions for the role of NYSVMS Delegate and Alternate Delegate. Candidates interested in officer positions should send their nomination to NYSVMS Executive Director Jennifer Mauer, CAE, by Feb. 1, 2015. There is no formal application form. Letters of interest and all pertinent credentials can be sent via email to jmauer@nysvms.org.
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Veterinarian group issues new guidelines for pets and Ebola
Time
Though the spread of the deadly virus hasn't been linked to animals, the American Veterinary Medical Association is urging pet owners to take an abundance of caution when dealing with Ebola, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying that animals have not contributed to the outbreak of the virus in West Africa. Pets should be quarantined, according to the veterinary group's new guidelines, if they have been in close contact with someone infected with Ebola.
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Study: Pets help kids with deployed parents cope with stress
Military.com
A newly published study finds that military children with a deployed parent who have a close relationship with a pet cope better with stress than those who do not. The study, released by Tufts University October 29, examined 300 middle and high school students from military families who were involved in programs with the Military Child Education Coalition.
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Zoetis to buy Abbott Animal Health
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Zoetis Inc. has announced a $255 million deal to acquire the animal health assets of Abbott. The agreement, expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, will expand Zoetis' companion animal portfolio and diagnostics business with Abbott Animal Health's oncology, blood glucose monitoring, anesthesia, wound care, fluid therapy and nutritional products.
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Researchers hope to lick canine gum disease
Veterinary Practice News
The American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation has awarded more than $25,000 for studies of two potential solutions to periodontal disease in dogs. NYSVMS-member Django Martel, DVM, of the Animal Medical Center in New York will work with colleagues to determine whether antibiotic gel therapy can reduce periodontal disease, the Raleigh, N.C.-based foundation reported.
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Shelters and veterinarians: A look at the data
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
To take the pulse of the relationship between private practice veterinarians and shelters — a word we're using broadly to include rescue groups, foster organizations, municipal agencies and more — dvm360 surveyed both groups. Here's where things stand.
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Kitty DNA shows cats have evolved to learn from treats
Popular Science
A cat can't tell you much about its history, but its genetics can. An international team of geneticists is publishing the most thorough read yet of the DNA of a domestic cat. This is the first time scientists have read the cat genome carefully enough to tease out details about how evolution — and humans — have changed them.
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International call for more influenza surveillance in animals
The Pig Site
Influenza A viruses originating from animals can adapt to infect humans following mutation or gene exchange, according to a report from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization report. Identification and characterization of such viruses are therefore the prerequisite for pandemic preparedness.
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Once thought extinct, North America's rarest mammal may bounce back
National Geographic
VideoBriefThe black-footed ferret, North America's rarest mammal, is returning to the western prairie 35 years after being declared extinct.
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Emergency preparedness in zoos and aquariums
The Conversation via Phys.org
You need only look at the papers or television news to see the reports. Infectious disease outbreaks, weather emergencies and disasters both natural and man-made. They're all not just threats to human populations — they have the potential to disrupt the daily operations of zoos and aquariums and the lives of their animal inhabitants.
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Disease in large scale cat hoarding situations
Winn Feline Foundation
Animals rescued from hoarding situations frequently have a variety of medical conditions. The purpose of this study was to characterize the infectious diseases carried by clinically affected cats and to determine the prevalence of retroviral infections among cats in large-scale cat hoarding investigations. Records were reviewed retrospectively from four large-scale seizures of cats from failed sanctuaries from November 2009 through March 2012.
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