European Study Shows Salmonella Risk with Cage Free (via FeedStuffs)

A new study conducted in Europe cautions that any shift from conventional cage housing for layers to alternative housing such as aviary or floor housing requires not only maintenance of salmonella surveillance programs but optimization of them due to an increased risk of bird-to-bird and egg contamination in the alternative systems. This counters the popular […]

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AVMA Steering Committee to Collaborate with FDA on Antimicrobial Use (via Feedstuffs)

The American Veterinary Medical Assocation (AVMA) has created a committee specifically to provide input to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on policies and regulations governing veterinarians’ involvement in the use of antimicrobials in food animals. The new Steering Committee for FDA Policy on Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobials includes five members who will be charged […]

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Vets in River Oaks Sued Over MRSA Infection (via Ultimate Montrose)

“A League City veterinary assistant is suing a River Oaks veterinary group after, she says, she contracted a serious disease while working with a sick animal. League City resident Lori Marsh filed a lawsuit on April 4 in the Harris County District Court against Gulf Coast Veterinary Internists of River Oaks, alleging negligence.” Read more at […]

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Tiny Frogs Source of Salmonella Outbreak (via Oregnonian)

“A creature the size of a quarter that amuses children with comical poses has sparked a nationwide salmonella outbreak, depriving public health officials of sleep. Over the past two years, federal officials have confirmed nearly 220 illnesses from Oregon to Massachusetts traced to African dwarf frogs.” Read more at Oregonian.com

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Experts Warn That Any Dog Can Bite (via Bangor Daily News)

“When Courtney Nelson heard that 7-month-old Annabelle Mitchell had been killed Tuesday by the Mitchell family’s Rottweiler, her first reaction was the same as that of many Mainers: shock and sorrow. ‘I cried. I can’t even talk about it right now. It tears me up,’ the assistant director at the Houlton Humane Society said Thursday. ‘I can’t even […]

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Repopulating Rural Veterinarians (via Dairy Herd Network)

“In last Sunday’s Kansas City Star an article by John Milburn from the Associated Press talked about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signing a new law to create Rural Opportunity Zones in counties that have faced large population declines in the past decade. The point of the law is to lure new families to rural Kansas […]

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Vets’ Bodies See Off Attempt to Restrict Medicines Sales (via The Herald)

“Ahead of yesterday’s debate in the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) committee on the European Parliament resolution regarding antimicrobial resistance, a cross-party amendment was tabled that ‘Invites the member States to consider restricting veterinarians from, in non-acute cases, selling veterinary medicines directly to farmers and other animal owners, thus reducing the incentive to prescribe more […]

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Ron Phillips Talks About Animal Health in the US

Ron Phillips, AHI’s Vice President for Legislative and Public Affairs, talks to Animal Pharm about the main animal health issues in the U.S., such as the availability of veterinary drugs and the use of antibiotics in farm animals. He also discusses Denmark’s position on these issues.

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New Rules For Veterinary Medicine Pass The Senate (via Ozarks First)

“(Jefferson City, MO) — Operators of farming supply companies are raising concerns over a bill approved by the Senate Thursday that would give the state Board of Pharmacy control over prescription veterinary drugs.” Read more at OzarksFirst.com.

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Why Pet Owners Fear Vet Visits (via the Calgary Herald)

“Pet owners want what is best for their pets, but a lack of information and financial concerns are the two biggest obstacles to improving pet health. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), pets are not seeing the veterinarian as frequently as they used to. A new study revealed a few possible reasons why, from higher […]

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