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March 21, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Species richness alone doesn't limit zoonoses, study says
    The dilution effect, a commonly held belief that the risk of animal-to-human disease transmission is lower in areas where there are more species, doesn't appear to be supported by scientific evidence, according to new research. The meta-analysis finds the relationship between zoonoses and species richness is complex, variable and dependent on myriad factors, and more research is needed. The authors note that advocating for biodiversity using the dilution effect represents "an oversimplification of disease ecology and epidemiology." ScienceDaily (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The real coronavirus question: What else is out there?
    The SARS outbreak cast a spotlight on the public health implications of zoonotic diseases, and the discovery of a new coronavirus underscores those lessons. "Animal health gets just a fraction of the resources that human health does, which is why we are rarely able to detect new viruses before it's too late and they've already crossed the species barrier," writes Bryan Walsh. However, in recent years, more work has focused on emerging diseases. "If you start looking around, you'd find hundreds of thousands of unknown viruses waiting to be discovered," says Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance. "Most will be harmless -- but some will be lethal." (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Orphaned 18-pound polar bear makes his way to zoo
    Inupiaq subsistence hunter James Tazruk realized after killing a polar bear in the Arctic that he had taken a nursing sow, so he went in search of the cub. He recovered the small bear, later named Kali, in a den and carried the 18-pound animal home on his snowmobile. Kali now has a temporary home at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage while federal wildlife officials search for a permanent placement. Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) (free registration) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Don't let yourself get too stressed
    Running a business can be incredibly taxing, but your company will suffer if you get too stressed, according to Texas A&M University professor Stephen Courtright. You can prevent burnout by building your confidence, relying on your employees and prioritizing your mental and physical well-being. Entrepreneur online (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Plan to avoid meat inspector furloughs clears Congress
    The Senate backed an amendment Wednesday that would shift $55 million from a USDA grant program to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, in an effort to avoid furloughs of meat and poultry inspectors that were expected to limit supplies and raise prices. The amendment, part of a broader spending bill, cleared the House today and heads to the White House. "I think it will be a relief to a lot of cattle producers across the nation to hear this," Ed Greiman, president of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, said of the Senate vote. The Washington Post (3/21), The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Market research statistics from the AVMA
    Looking for data on veterinary compensation, the finances of running a veterinary practice, pet ownership and demographics, veterinary employment or other issues related to the veterinary profession? The AVMA has a wide range of market research statistics available to you, including the recently released AVMA Report on Veterinary Compensation, AVMA Report on Veterinary Practice Business Measures, and the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Learn more about AVMA's market research statistics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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