Nebraska held meeting on livestock diseases (via The Independent)

Veterinarians and emergency crews joined forces in Kearney, Nebraska, for an annual meeting on emergency responses to livestock diseases. The two-day meeting involved state and federal officials as well as researchers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Colorado State University. Topics included homeland security issues, foreign animal diseases and business planning.   Read […]

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Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health Seeks Nominations and Renews Membership (via USDA)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is renewing the Secretary’s advisory committee on animal health and is seeking nominations for membership on the committee. The Secretary will select up to 20 members from across the agricultural community, including producers, processors, marketers, researchers, State and Tribal agricultural agencies, trade associations, and others, to obtain the broadest possible representation […]

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How dogs can help unravel genetic diseases in people (via LAtimes.com)

Unlike people and mutts, purebred dogs have been bred from a small number of ancestors, making them the perfect subjects to teach us about the genetic links that lead to many diseases in humans, according to researcher Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute.  The combination of intense breeding, known pedigrees and the […]

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USDA Begins 2012 Oral Rabies Vaccine Efforts in Eastern United States (via USDA)

To foster its goal of preventing the further spread of wildlife rabies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal  and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) wildlife services (WS) program will begin its 2012 distribution of oral rabies vaccine baits in select areas along the East Coast. This effort seeks to prevent the spread of raccoon […]

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Anthrax confirmed in at least one of 50 dead cattle on Colorado ranch (via Denver Post)

Anthrax has been confirmed in at least one of 50 head of cattle found dead on a Logan County ranch, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. It is the first anthrax case in Colorado in 31 years.  According to authorities, no cattle left the ranch prior to  quarantine, and no infected cattle entered the […]

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Video: Roles, Responsibilities & Realities Veterinarians Face

Veterinarian’s responsibility in keeping animals healthy is an essential part of the human health ecosystem. Whether working on the farm, in private or corporate practice, government, academia or uniformed services, veterinarians play an increasingly critical role in protecting public health. On June 20, 2012, the Animal Health Institute and the American Veterinary Medical Association co-hosted  […]

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New flu virus found in seals concerns scientists (via BBC)

Scientists have identified a new strain of influenza in harbor seals that could potentially impact human and animal health.  Investigating the deaths of 162 young seals along the New England coast last year, scientists identified a new strain of avian influenza, H3N8, in tissues from the dead animals.  According to researchers, H3N8 most likely developed […]

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