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October 31, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • U.S. agency supports avian influenza research
    The U.S. Agency for International Development has allotted $20 million for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's efforts to study and prevent avian influenza and other potentially pandemic zoonotic pathogens. Most of the money will go to countries in Southeast Asia, a hot zone for emerging diseases due to the high concentration of people and animals living in close proximity. "The U.S. government has been key in generating international support to combat avian influenza and to reduce the chances for a human pandemic by assisting FAO and others to address the threat in animals before it spills over into humans," said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army veterinarians share knowledge, skills and supplies with Ethiopia
    In an effort to support the livestock infrastructure in Ethiopia, a U.S. Army task force conducted a weeklong continuing education seminar in that country, providing knowledge, skills, supplies and labor to local animal health workers. In one day, some 600 animals were examined and vaccinated at no cost to local farmers. "Supporting the training of the animal health assistants and increasing their skill and knowledge will continue to advance the veterinary infrastructure in the country, and through them our efforts can be perpetuated into the future," said veterinarian and officer-in-charge Capt. Heather Stone. DVIDS (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Direct, extensive contact with swine tied to most human H3N2v cases
    In a recent report, the CDC noted that most of the 306 H3N2v cases in humans since July were due to direct, extensive contact with infected pigs. Transmission of H3N2v between humans was uncommon but suspected in some cases, yet even most of those people had contact with swine, according to Lyn Finelli of the CDC. This year's outbreak may be over, the CDC postulates, because the last reported human case began Sept. 7. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Pancreatitis in pets a common holiday concern
    Pancreatitis -- inflammation of the pancreas that can be fatal in severe cases -- causes pain, vomiting, lethargy, decreased appetite and a fever in dogs and may be caused by ingesting a fatty meal, such as turkey from the holiday table, writes veterinarian Kristel Weaver. Diagnostic tests including blood work and ultrasound help veterinarians diagnose pancreatitis. Treatment involves withholding food to rest the pancreas as well as giving pain medication and antibiotics, according to Dr. Weaver. Cats also can suffer from pancreatitis, but it's usually not associated with eating a high-fat meal, and cats tend to have more subtle symptoms than dogs. San Ramon Express (Pleasanton, Calif.) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Communication key to preventing misunderstandings with clients
    Clear, consistent communication with clients is paramount to preventing misunderstandings with owners about pet care, writes veterinarian Christie Long. "[W]e perform a complete verbal review with the owner of what procedures are to be performed and what the estimated cost will be. This happens whether the procedure is a nail trim or major surgery," she writes. The details of the procedure and costs are also listed on a consent form. Regarding euthanasia performed at Dr. Long's clinic, a veterinarian speaks directly with every pet owner, providing alternatives when applicable and ensuring the owner is comfortable with and ready for the decision. The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colo.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Advice on filing a post-Sandy insurance claim
    If your business has been damaged by Sandy, you should read over your insurance policy to ensure you recover the amount to which you are entitled, Ray Martin writes. You should also document all of your communications with your insurance company and keep records relating to all of the damage your business has sustained. CBS MoneyWatch (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • A review of the benefits of equine therapy
    Although data are limited, past research indicates equine therapy causes physical and chemical changes in the body and brain, according to research. The unique movements experienced when riding induce a release of neurotransmitters that leads to positive thoughts and emotions. Past research published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has documented benefits in emotionally challenged teenagers. People with schizophrenia and children with learning disabilities or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder also experience positive physical and mental effects after equine therapy. Therapy blog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • 2012 ACVS Veterinary Symposium canceled
    From the American College of Veterinary Surgeons: "The ACVS has reluctantly decided to cancel the 2012 ACVS Veterinary Symposium due to Hurricane Sandy. We have carefully considered the implications of the storm regarding travel and available speakers and have determined that cancellation is the best course of action. We realize this decision will have ramifications for Symposium participants. ACVS will communicate with participants about refunds once this crisis has passed. Thank you for your understanding. Be sure to contact the hotel to cancel your reservation. The phone number at the Gaylord is 301-965-2000." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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