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October 19, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • New coronavirus identified in the Middle East likely resides in bats
    Researchers studying the newly identified coronavirus that killed one person in the Middle East and hospitalized another say bats were likely the source of the pathogen, although it may have been transmitted to humans by another species. Although scientists testing blood samples have not found more evidence of the virus, they suspect it will surface again. However, experts said the virus does not appear to have the ability at present to be transmitted between people. Lethbridge Herald (Alberta)/The Canadian Press (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. veterinarian devoted to Cameroon's elephants
    Veterinarian Mike Loomis spends two months every year in Cameroon, sedating and placing tracking collars on elephants. Chief veterinarian at the North Carolina Zoological Park and a faculty member at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Loomis implemented and now oversees a conservation project aimed at saving elephants by reducing conflict between the species and humans. Dr. Loomis and colleagues from the Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, the World Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collect data to understand how elephants use the landscape and develop land-use protocols that protect them while giving people nonviolent means of deterring the elephants. AllAfrica Global Media/United States Department of State (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Surgery is an integral part of veterinary practice
    Much evaluation and preparation occurs before veterinarians perform surgeries. Diagnostic tests are often part of the pre-anesthetic evaluation for common procedures, such as spays and neuters, and other surgeries, including bladder stone removal. Veterinarian Cindy Roth points out that complications can develop even in surgeries that are considered routine, but key metrics such as heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are monitored throughout. St. Lawrence EMC (Ontario) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyperbaric oxygen chamber helps heal dog after snake bite
    The hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the SPCA Florida McClurg Animal Medical Center is aiding the recovery of a dog after a run-in with a poisonous snake. Dante, a 3-year-old black Labrador, was bitten on the face while saving a woman from a cottonmouth snake. During his initial treatment in the chamber, Dante's swollen snout was reduced from 17 inches to 12 inches, said veterinary technician Jill Zielinkski. The 100% oxygen environment created by the chamber helps push the snake venom out of the dog's system, according to veterinarian James Raatz, and can be used to treat other types of trauma including spinal cord and brain injuries. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How a little downtime can power workplace productivity
    Slowing down and taking an inventory of effective work strategies can help you speed up and get more done, Jason Womack writes. Identify tasks that can be streamlined or eliminated to save time and develop new habits to work more efficiently, he explains. "Take the time now to slow down ... to re-dedicate your focus, so you can move in a positive direction and hold your pace." Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • AVMA expert defines challenges in the animal welfare conversation
    Discussing animal welfare at the 2012 AMI Animal Care & Handling Conference, Dr. Gail Golab, AVMA's director of animal welfare, outlined three points of controversy on the topic. Dr. Golab said different stakeholder priorities and definitions of welfare complicate conversations about the issue, and she said a disconnect between consumer expectations and actual or perceived reality is a source of controversy as well as cases where industry does not act on consumer concerns. Ultimately, it is the interplay between science, economics, culture and traditions that drives the social ethic, Dr. Golab said: "People decide what they can and can't live with." (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LSU veterinary school works to meet re-accreditation standards
    AVMA, which is working with Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine on its re-accreditation, identified the need for space to isolate large animals at the school. LSU is set to complete construction of its Large Animal Disease Isolation Unit next month. The process is essential for the school, according to veterinarian Peter Haynes. Accreditation "signals that your program is credible and meets the standards of expectations for educating veterinary students," said Dr. Haynes, who is dean of the school. "In other words, you have to graduate from an accredited school to get a license." The Daily Reveille (Louisiana State University) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AVMA's Veterinary Career Center
    Looking for a job in veterinary medicine, or to find someone for your veterinary team? The AVMA Veterinary Career Center is a niche online job board for veterinary professional and support staff needs with openings in many fields of the veterinary profession. Post a job or a résumé, get job-hunting tips, search jobs and more. Visit AVMA's Veterinary Career Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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