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October 22, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • New cattle traceability rules take effect in 2013
    New traceability rules that go into effect Jan. 1 will have an impact on the cattle industry, the Texas Animal Health Commission says. The rules are built around two tenets: official animal identification and documentation of interstate transportation. Improved traceability is aimed at streamlining responses to animal disease outbreaks. In Texas, official tagging will likely be done during other routine procedures, such as deworming, said state veterinarian Dee Ellis, and it could cost up to $4.68 per animal. Veterinarian-issued health certificates were used to estimate the cost of interstate travel documentation, which is likely to cost up to $7.50 per animal. San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Optical devices may soon have something fishy going on
    Researchers from the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences found that sardines and herring have two types of reflective particles, called guanine crystals, in their skin, making them less visible from all angles in the sea. Optical devices including light-emitting diodes and low-loss optical fibers may soon get a boost in efficiency thanks to this new research. "The mechanism that has evolved in fish ... provides a new way to manufacture these nonpolarizing reflectors," said lead researcher and Ph.D. student Tom Jordan. ScienceDaily (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Bonds forged on the battlefield are for life
    Military dogs and their handlers often develop a connection that reflects the kinship soldiers feel for each other. Marine Cpl. Joseph Singer and Yona, a Belgian malinois, became soldiers and friends on the battlefields of Afghanistan where Yona detected bombs and Singer ultimately suffered severe injuries. Singer recovered and is waiting until Yona retires to adopt her. USA TODAY (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microchips keep pets safe and save public funds
    Microchips make finding a lost pet much easier, provided owners keep their contact information up to date, and they can save money on animal-control costs by cutting down on the number of strays, according to this article. Microchips are inexpensive, easily and quickly placed under the skin by veterinarians, and not painful for pets, said Kerry Sneed, an educator with the Humane Society of Memphis, Tenn., and Shelby County. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Time running out for Ohio exotic animal owners
    Only 17 exotic animal owners in Ohio have registered their pets in accordance with the state's newer, tougher exotic animal laws that were passed after a man released dozens of exotic animals before committing suicide in 2011. Owners who don't meet the deadline cannot obtain permits later and could face a misdemeanor or even have their animals confiscated starting in 2014. MSNBC/Reuters (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Podcast: Deafness in pets
    There are a number of reasons why our pets might experience hearing loss. But whether it's the result of age, a congenital condition or trauma, there is no reason that a deaf pet can't live as happy and healthy a life as a pet with normal hearing. In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. George Strain, professor of neuroscience at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and author of the book "Deafness in Dogs and Cats," talks about hearing loss in pets. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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