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November 26, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Experts stress importance of valley fever research
    The fungal disease coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever, has been documented in dogs, cats, cattle, llamas and sea otters, as well as humans, and at one point, up to 6% of dogs in Arizona were infected, according to estimates. About 150,000 people contract valley fever annually in the U.S., and 3,000 people died from it between 1990 and 2008. Researchers said money for vaccine research is scarce but essential for people and animals. "The veterinary side of things is absolutely vital for development of knowledge," said physician Demosthenes Pappagianis, a valley fever expert. Merced Sun-Star (Calif.)/Reporting on Health Collaborative (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterinarian reaches out to animals, people of Hopi reservation
    As part of the Native American Veterinary Services program, veterinarian Eric Wayne volunteered his time and expertise for three days on an American Indian reservation in Arizona and was shocked by the lack of veterinary care for the animals, as well as the extreme poverty he saw. Dr. Wayne treated 30 to 40 animals every day and even had to turn some animals away, but he said he will be back to offer more assistance. "We have our own Third World country right here in the U.S.," Dr. Wayne said. The Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Large-animal veterinarians safeguard public health
    A paucity of food animal veterinarians in rural areas could adversely impact food safety and public health because these professionals work on the front lines of zoonotic illnesses. According to the AVMA, 17% of veterinarians are working in food animal medicine, and the nationwide shortage is expected to worsen. Long hours, the difficulty of paying off educational debt and smaller rural populations are some of the factors behind the shortage, but those in the field say veterinarians who choose food animal medicine do so because they love the lifestyle and rural America. Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Podcast: Managing arthritis in dogs and cats
    Osteoarthritis is a chronic, non-infectious, progressive disorder affecting the joints of both younger and older dogs and cats. But the clinical signs, including reluctance to perform tasks or activities, are similar regardless of the pet's age. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can produce an irritable, reclusive, and uncomfortable pet, so it's important for owners to be aware of its signs, as well as ways to prevent it — or, at least, minimize their pet's risk — and treat their beloved pets if they do develop the disorder. In this podcast, Dr. William Fortney, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about managing arthritis in dogs and cats. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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