Rural veterinarians face changing roles (via PorkNetwork)

Changes in food and animal production means new challenges for veterinarians according to PorkNetwork. Providing a review of the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), Associate Editor Rick Jordahl writes, “Worldwide, experts expect that a great demand for agriculture and animal protein will expand the market for U.S.-produced food, […]

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Newly Discovered Virus Linked to Deadly Kidney Disease in Cats (via Live Science)

Hong Kong researchers discovered a virus, Feline morbillivirus, that may be one of the causes of a potentially fatal kidney disease in pet cats. Tubulointerstitial nephritis is a disease that inflames the spaces between the kidney tubules, the tubes that carry fluid for filtration inside the organ. The recently discovered virus is related to measles […]

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AHI Statement on Federal District Court Decision on Antibiotics

AHI Statement on Federal District Court Decision on Antibiotics March 23, 2012 The decision by a district court judge ordering FDA to move forward with an administrative process on antibiotic use could unfortunately delay the process of eliminating the subtherapeutic (growth promotion) use of medically important antibiotics.  For more than two years FDA has clearly […]

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Healthy pets, healthy people (via State Journal-Register)

“When patients are diagnosed with infectious diseases, it’s common for doctors to ask questions about their lifestyles and recent travel to help identify points of potential exposure. Included in the investigation is an inquiry into whether the patient is a pet owner. While exposure to wild animals is much more dangerous than contact with domesticated […]

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Scientists Discover Novel Rabies Virus in Tanzania (via HealthMap)

A new type of rabies was discovered by scientists at the University of Glasgow and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA). The virus originated from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; a park that has been rabies-free since 2000. The scientists from the University of Glasgow are calling the new lyssavirus Ikoma lyssavirus, […]

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GAO reports on pre-harvest E. coli interventions (via Drovers Cattle Network)

“The U.S. Government Accountability Office last week recommended that USDA provide more specific guidance on the license-approval requirements for vaccines to combat E. coli O157:H7, and made other observations on reduction of E. coli-related illness. The report, titled “Preslaughter Interventions Could Reduce E. coli in Cattle,” also recommends USDA explore practices other countries use to […]

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More owners buy pet insurance for furry pals (via USA Today)

“As veterinary expenses continue to mount, more pet insurance companies have emerged to help “pet parents” budget for unexpected emergencies as well as routine care. Between regular check-ups and surgeries, most dog or cat owners racked up about $650 in vet bills last year, according to a survey by the American Pet Products Association.”   […]

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Warning Signs of Arthritis in Pets (via ABC News)

Millions of Americans are living with the pain of osteoarthritis, and so are millions of pets. According to veterinarians, it’s one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in their field, and unlike their human counterparts, animals must suffer in silence. Since pets can’t express that they’re in pain, vets say there are certain warning signs owners […]

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Influenza in bats? (via Fox News)

“For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear. The surprising discovery of genetic fragments of a flu virus is the first well-documented report of it in the winged mammals. So far, scientists haven’t been able to grow it, and it’s not […]

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