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October 26, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Scientists work to crack Lyme disease's genetic code
    Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are working to identify the factors that explain the virulence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, which affects animals and an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. per year. Using advanced technology, the team is testing the pathogen's 1,739 genes in an effort to find the ones responsible for its ability to spread so readily. The findings are expected to help develop vaccines, diagnostic tools and treatments. ScienceDaily (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MSU veterinary school to study Gulf of Mexico marine life
    Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies have forged a partnership to study the ecology of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico, an area affected by the BP oil spill and hurricanes. "We're excited to formalize our collaboration and provide better research and public service and study ecological richness of the Gulf," said veterinarian Kent Hoblet, dean of MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian enucleates bear's injured eye
    Veterinarian Dan Savage enucleated the left eye of a female grizzly bear who suffered a birdshot wound to the eye after startling a hunter. Dr. Savage fully anesthetized the bear, removed the eye and administered antibiotics. The bear, along with her cub, was released after the surgery and is expected to do well. Because bears are scent-driven animals, wildlife officials believe the missing eye won't significantly impact the bear's chances of survival. Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Limited gene flow threatens Ethiopian wolf
    Researchers have found evidence that gene flow among Ethiopian wolves is limited, rendering the species more vulnerable to diseases and extinction as well as inbreeding. The endangered canid has an estimated population of only 500. Efforts to save the species, which has been decimated by habitat loss and infectious diseases including rabies, may require moving animals as well as connecting isolated populations through habitat corridors to increase the genetic diversity of subpopulations. BBC (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
 
  • Dog posthumously honored for work in Afghanistan
    Theo, a springer spaniel who served in the British military as a bomb-sniffing dog in Afghanistan, is to be posthumously awarded Britain's highest honor for animal bravery, the Dickin Medal. The dog died after a severe seizure the same day his handler, Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, died in a firefight with Taliban insurgents. Tasker's mother believes Theo died of a broken heart after her son's death because the dog and Tasker were inseparable. Several other animals have received the award over the years, including pigeons, horses and a cat. Yahoo/The Associated Press (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Birds can get arthritis, too
    Osteoarthritis, a painful inflammation of one or more joints, can occur in birds, but careful management by a veterinarian, along with some lifestyle changes, can help affected birds live comfortably, writes veterinarian Margaret Wissman. Diagnostic tests to ascertain the health status of the bird, including blood count, kidney and liver tests and other parameters, will help the veterinarian select the most appropriate medications, Dr. Wissman notes. Owners can make changes such as providing perches of several sizes and shapes and keeping a pet bird's weight within the normal range to help avoid exacerbating the condition, she advises. Bird Channel (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 3 key points about IT security
    Small-business owners need to understand a data-security breach could have serious repercussions for their company, Steven Vigeant writes. Companies might have access to sensitive information such as their customers' names or e-mail addresses, he notes. "The best way to secure your system is to be proactive about seeking outside expertise and identifying the areas where you might need help," he writes. B2C Marketing Insider/IT Experts Blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • AVMA president explains position on Fairness to Pet Owners Act
    The Fairness to Pet Owners Act, a measure that if enacted by Congress will require veterinarians to provide owners with written prescriptions for all pet medications, was a topic of discussion at a Federal Trade Commission meeting earlier this month. Supporters say the measure will spark competition and bring pet medication prices down. However, AVMA President Dr. Doug Aspros argues that goal wouldn't be achieved. He said most veterinarians already write prescriptions upon request, and he said the measure could put animal health at risk. "It should be noted that there would be no product information sheets/package inserts for human drugs being used in an extra-label fashion for animals," Dr. Aspros said. "And even with package inserts, pharmacists would not be able to speak to the idiosyncrasies of different animal species." Healthcare Finance News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices: What Goes Where?
    Waste disposal is an important and necessary aspect of veterinarians' daily lives, on both personal and professional levels, but it may seem to be a complicated process and industry if you attempt to understand it all at once. The AVMA's microsite on waste disposal offers a collection of information and key resources pertaining to waste disposal and related regulatory compliance issues relevant to the veterinary community, including topics such as hazardous waste, regulated medical waste, and much more. View AVMA's waste disposal microsite. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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