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December 26, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Veterinarians help "hero" dog win cancer fight
    A dog who lost her snout and upper jaw after jumping in front of a speeding motorcycle, saving two of her owner's family members, seems to have beaten cancer after undergoing chemotherapy at the University of California, Davis, said university veterinarian Gina Davis. The dog, Kabang, came to the U.S. from the Philippines and still must be treated for heartworms before she can have surgery to address her facial wound from the collision. San Francisco Chronicle (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinary specialty services company defies a down economy
    Tampa, Fla.-based BluePearl Veterinary Partners has grown from 200 to 1,200 employees in the past four years, even as other companies and industries have struggled to stay afloat. Led by veterinarian Neil Shaw and his businessman brother Darryl Shaw, the organization now boasts 26 hospitals across 11 states, and it was recently ranked 36th on Inc. Magazine's list of companies that are adding jobs and improving the U.S. economy. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New shot takes aim at dangerous visceral fat
    Researchers at The Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center used thermogenic fat cells in an injection that successfully burned belly fat in obese mice eating a high-fat diet. The researchers hope the shot holds promise for humans fighting belly fat, which settles around vital organs and puts people at higher risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Scientists find a way to ward off fish kill
    Not one dead fish has been found at California's Pescadero Marsh since volunteers dug a channel through a sandbar in the wetland that's home to 10 threatened or endangered species, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each fall, the ocean floods over the sandbar into the lagoon, sometimes stirring up enough toxic materials to deplete oxygen and kill off native fish including steelhead trout. Half Moon Bay Review (Calif.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Presidential pooch stars in White House Christmas
    The presidential family dog Bo has become a central part of the White House holiday decor, according to decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke. "If you go through, you should find the ornaments that have Bo's paw prints on them. There are always Bo sculptures and Bo cookies," she said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Strategies for smoothing out workplace personality clashes
    For various reasons, some co-workers may have a hard time seeing eye to eye, writes Royale Scuderi. For example, they may come from different backgrounds or have different work styles, Scuderi writes. However, you can deal with these conflicts by accepting people who are different than yourself and by maintaining your professionalism. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Make a difference by December 31st
    Consider making your year-end donation to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) today. Your gift will support veterinary funding, student scholarships, animal research and disaster response. It will make a difference in the lives of students, veterinarians and the animals they help. Visit the AVMF's website to learn more about the foundation and to make your tax-deductible donation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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