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January 14, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Okla. faces veterinary shortage, but debt drives students away
    While Oklahoma has areas with no veterinary services nearby, some graduates of Oklahoma State University's veterinary school can't find work that will enable them to repay their student loans. Even though the average OSU veterinary graduate's student debt of about $117,000 is lower than nationwide estimates of $135,000 to $150,000, the figure still dwarfs local salaries. The USDA assists students who agree to three years of work in a rural area, but it's a competitive program, and some beneficiaries may move after their obligation is met. Tulsa World (Okla.) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oxidants may aid tissue regeneration, tadpole study finds
    Researchers have found tadpole tails regrow with the help of reactive oxygen species, generally thought to be damaging, providing new insight for scientists studying human healing. The findings echo a recent publication by Nobel Prize winner and DNA research pioneer James Watson that suggests antioxidants may be detrimental for humans with late-stage cancer. "Our findings and those of others are leading to a reversal in our thinking about the relative beneficial versus harmful effects that oxidants and antioxidants may have on human health, and indeed that oxidants, such as ROS, may play some important beneficial roles in healing and regeneration," said researcher Enrique Amaya. ScienceDaily (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Explaining arrhythmia under anesthesia
    When a pet owner asks about arrhythmia under general anesthesia, veterinarian Padma Yadlapalli explains that the issue can result from medications or underlying medical problems. Dr. Yadlapalli writes that in most cases, the arrhythmia can be corrected, but she recommends a frank conversation with a veterinarian to discuss the risks and benefits of anesthesia and the procedure for which it's needed. Dr. Yadlapalli emphasizes that dental cleanings under anesthesia are an important part of preventive care. The Baltimore Sun (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common sense, good hygiene keep people safe from Toxoplasmosis
    Toxoplasmosis gondii, a zoonotic protozoan that causes flulike symptoms in some people and severe brain damage in human fetuses, is most often contracted via ingestion of raw or undercooked meat but can also be transmitted via contact with infected cat feces, writes veterinarian Lawrence Gerson. However, it's not necessary for pregnant women, or those considering becoming pregnant, to give their cats away, Dr. Gerson writes. Instead, following common-sense hygiene habits will protect women and others from contracting the parasite. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to turn Pinterest into a business tool in 4 steps
    Businesses can set up dedicated Pinterest accounts instead of trying to work around the restrictions placed on personal accounts, Amber Wallor writes. The network makes it easy to set up a business account, verify your business' website and integrate Pinterest's social features into your home page, Wallor writes. The network also offers a best-practices guide to help business users find strategies that work, she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Texas Supreme Court to consider sentimental value of pets
    In the coming nine months, the Texas Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the sentimental value of pets, which will determine whether owners can sue for monetary damages over the death of a pet that has no market value. The case involves a family whose dog was mistakenly euthanized at a Texas shelter. When the family sued the employee involved, the case was dismissed, but that ruling was overturned by an appeals court. ABC News/"Good Morning America" (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Show cites Ky. state senator after finding evidence of possible soring
    Tennessee Walking Horse enthusiast and Kentucky state Sen. Robin Webb has been cited for allegedly violating the Horse Protection Act after two of her horses were found to have scars that may have been caused by soring. Webb denied having any involvement with soring. She has opposed a bill that calls for banning pads, chains and other "action devices" that can be used in soring horses. The AVMA has supported such a ban. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Podcast: Claw and Order
    Destructive behavior, such as scratching furniture, is one of the leading reasons people give up on pet cats ... but it doesn't have to end that way. There are options that allow your cat to express its natural scratching behavior while sparing the furniture, and it's recommended that cat owners explore these options before they consider declawing their cats. In this podcast, Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a veterinary behaviorist and past president of the AVMA, offers tips on how to keep your kitty's claws from ripping up your furniture. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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