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October 13, 2011
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • U.S. is not prepared for bioterror attack, report finds
    The WMD Terrorism Research Center, a bipartisan government organization, this week announced that the U.S. is gravely ill-equipped to handle a massive or global bioterrorist attack and only slightly better prepared for a local, smaller scale attack. The center suggests creating a more focused plan to address potential attacks including leadership with clear goals, carefully planning response protocols and investing in science. CNN (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ringed seals are dying in droves from mystery illness
    Dozens of ringed seals have been found dead on Alaska's Arctic shores since July, and extensive testing has yet to identify the cause of the illness, which is characterized by bleeding skin lesions, especially around the eyes, nose, mouth and rear flippers. Determining the cause is essential since the seals serve as prey for other marine animals and some human hunters; officials want to prevent possible infection of other species and save the remaining ringed seals. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo residents harbor human pathogens
    Non-human primates in zoos harbor common pathogenic human protozoa such as Giardia and Entamoeba, according to a study at the zoological garden of Rome. Researchers underscored the need for regular testing of zoo residents to monitor the risk of potential disease transmission to zoo keepers and other humans in contact with the animals. 7th Space Interactive (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rat genome sheds light on human diseases
    Researchers studying the naked mole rat sequenced its genome to find out why it lives 10 times longer than its cousin the mouse and why it is virtually impervious to cancer while about 95% of its unfortunate relatives die from cancer. The study may also provide insights into Alzheimer's disease; results show that a naked mole rat's brain has little variation in gene expression during its lifespan, while humans underexpress when they are young and overexpress genes when they age. Bloomberg (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Blood work is good preventive medicine
    Blood work performed on healthy pets will provide veterinarians with a baseline for comparison when the pet does become sick, and could also catch early indicators of illnesses that otherwise might be missed until it's too late, says veterinarian Tessa King. Although it can be difficult for owners to justify paying for blood tests when a pet appears healthy, Dr. King points to several examples in which blood work diagnosed serious conditions in animals who came in for routine procedures. The Seattle Times/Tails of Seattle blog (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Police department hosts talk on link between human and pet abuse
    A presentation at the South Bend, Ind., police department highlighted the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, and officials noted that making animal abuse a Class D felony was a fitting punishment for the crime. "Once we completely understand this correlation," said county prosecutor Michael Dvorak, "together we will be in a better position to identify violence within the home more quickly, hold the abusers accountable for all their criminal wrongdoing within the home, prevent future violence and ultimately protect our community." South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Free online ads offer growth opportunities for small businesses
    For small businesses looking to boost sales without breaking the bank, several companies are offering free online ad space. HopStop is offering up to $250 worth of free advertising, while Facebook has announced it will offer $50 worth of ads for small businesses. "Any of these provide an opportunity to find new customers. There's tremendous values in that," said Joe Zetecki of the U.S. Small Business Administration. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AVMA in the News 
  • Equine dentistry is poised to become new specialty field
    The American Veterinary Dental College, European Veterinary Dental College and Academy of Veterinary Dentistry joined forces to initiate the process of creating an equine dentistry specialty for veterinarians, and AVMA reports those efforts could lead to the formation of an equine dentistry specialty college. Currently veterinarians can obtain additional training in equine dentistry but certificate holders are not specialists and the programs are not accredited. (free registration) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Volunteer opportunities with the AVMA
    The AVMA is a member-driven organization that relies on volunteers to help it achieve success and meet the goals necessary to serve the veterinary profession. Any AVMA voting member can volunteer, and the AVMA offers numerous opportunities for involvement. As a volunteer, you can help shape the direction of the Association and your profession, meet new colleagues, and forge valuable and lasting relationships. You also have a chance to give back to your profession and influence the key issues affecting veterinary medicine today. Visit AVMA's Volunteer Opportunities web page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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