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USDE recommends six-month extension, not five year renewal for AVMA COE
U.S. Department of Education
In advance of next week's hearing in Arlington, Va., the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity's executive director distributed the USDE staff summary on the renewal of the AVMA's accrediting status. The U.S. Department of Education recommends the COE be granted a six-month extension of its recognition versus the regular five-year renewal. The AVMA will be required to submit a report demonstrating its compliance with the cited criteria within 30 days of expiration of the six-month period, with reconsideration of recognition status thereafter. According to the USDE, 935 comments were received from members of the veterinary profession — with only 98 in support of the COE.
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De Blasio pens bill to ban horse carriages in New York City
Newsmax
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will fulfill a campaign promise he made to animal rights activists next week when he lays out legislation to phase out and eventually eliminate the horse-drawn carriage industry, reports Capital New York. According to a draft obtained by the newspaper, the bill would not renew licenses to operate the carriage horses, and would ban horse-drawn carriages in the city unless they were being used as part of a parade or movie screening. The bill still has to be approved by the City Council, and that could be a real challenge, reports The New York Post.
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Staten Island district attorney unveils veterinary program to prevent animal neglect
Staten Island Advance
Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan unveiled a new initiative that aims to prevent animal neglect before it rises to the level of a criminal charge. Donovan, along with members of the veterinary and animal care community, presented the new Animal Neglect Prevention Program and hotline "that has been designed to provide top-notch veterinary medical coverage to cash-strapped pet owners," Donovan said. Staten Island residents can call the district attorney's office at 718-876-6300 and press option 2 for an information hotline to help animals in need of health care. It will direct the caller to contact one of four animal hospitals on Staten Island participating in the program. Owners will have to prove financial hardship to the animal hospitals that will care for the animals.
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UK officials unveil major effort to study veterinary workforce
Veterinary Information Network
Forty-eight aspiring veterinarians are earning a bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine and science at the University of Surrey in England. Students kicked off the school's inaugural class in early October. It's the eighth veterinary medical program to open in the United Kingdom, comprised of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The concentration of schools in a country smaller than California has prompted some in the U.K. to wonder whether the regional marketplace can absorb the increased number of new veterinarians. Such concerns, which first reared with the 2006 opening of the University of Nottingham's veterinary school, have triggered a major study of the U.K.'s changing educational landscape, conducted by the British Veterinary Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
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New York State to increase minimum wage effective Dec. 31
Mondaq
Nonexempt wages are set to go from $8 to $8.75 as of Dec. 31. Exempt employees will realize increase in minimum salary from $600 per week to $656.25. Employers should review employee's compensation to make sure they are in compliance with law. Violations of law could face fines up to $10,000 plus.
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Eight animal plagues wreaking havoc right now
Time
When people talk about studying, controlling or just plain worrying about pandemics, we usually think of our own, human diseases. But many other species face existential threats as well. In the wild and on the farm, through climate change, human agency and other causes, deadly diseases and conditions are ravaging specific animal communities. Here are eight of the scariest diseases plaguing the animal kingdom today.
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Canine distemper outbreak worsens in Texas
KFDA-TV
VideoBriefA canine distemper outbreak that started this summer in Texas is now escalating into a much bigger problem. Once nonexistent in the area, one local veterinarian said he has seen about 200 cases since June. The incurable disease is causing problems for both pet owners and organizations that promote adoptions within the community, which is why they are calling for action.
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How to stop the next Ebola: Call in the veterinarians
National Journal
Deadly diseases such as Ebola and avian flu can jump between animals and humans. Veterinarians can stop the next big outbreak before it's too late.
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Love at first smell: Can birds choose mates by their odors?
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien via ScienceDaily
Mate choice is often the most important decision in the lives of humans and animals. Scientists have found the first evidence that birds may choose their mate through odor. The researchers compared the preen gland chemicals of black-legged kittiwakes with genes that play a role in immunity.
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Can hyper dogs become happy dogs?
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
For a dog that can never sit still, life is risky. Dogs that wander are hit by cars. Or, when human tolerance for a bouncing, roaming dog wears thin, it's dumped at a shelter. Extremely active dogs worsen in the confines of a shelter — a formula for misery and early death.
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Pets Best releases list of bizarre holiday pet insurance claims
American Animal Hospital Association
With the winter holiday season right around the corner, Pets Best Insurance Services LLC has released its annual list of the most bizarre pet insurance claims submitted during the holiday season.
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Comparing tests for diagnosis of pancreatitis in cats
Winn Feline Foundation
While it appears to be a common disease in cats, diagnosing pancreatitis in cats can be challenging due to vague clinical signs and nonspecific changes in CBC and serum biochemical analysis results. Two tests considered key tools in reaching a diagnosis of pancreatitis are feline pancreas-specific lipase concentration determination and pancreatic ultrasonography.
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Study: The role of gut bacteria in the development of obesity in dogs
CORDIS via Phys.org
The prevalence of obesity has tripled in many countries of the WHO European Region since the 1980s, and the numbers of those affected continue to rise at an alarming rate. Obesity is already responsible for 2 to 8 percent of health costs and 10 to 13 percent of deaths in different parts of the region. A new study has found that human and canine obesity share some similarities.
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Equine venereal disease
The Horse
STDs are the kind of thing many people would rather not discuss. Disease transmission through sexual contact or bodily fluids such as semen and blood is still a taboo subject. But the reality is that as long as horse owners continue to breed their mares to stallions hundreds or thousands of miles away — or to stallions who are in their hemisphere for just a breeding season — venereal diseases have the potential to become more widespread.
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How pesticide cocktails can taint 'natural' herbs
Veterinary Practice News
"Natural" plant medicines can both help and harm, but the more we learn about how medicinal plants are cultivated, harvested, stored and sold, especially in China, the more we realize the need for heightened scrutiny and regulatory enforcement. Uncertainties about safety from seedling to shipment raise the central question: "Are herbs ultimately helping or harming?"
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Natura Pet recalls 5 lots of dry cat and dry ferret food due to vitamin insufficiency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska, facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.
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