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February 13, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • AVMA releases new details about health insurance marketplace
    The AVMA has provided new details about a private marketplace where members can compare and buy health insurance policies. The marketplace will be rolled out in two phases this spring: the first for members who turn 65 or older this year, and the second for all other members. "Our new Web-based insurance exchange marketplace will enable our members to easily and conveniently review and compare medical insurance options, and is an innovative solution to the challenges created by recent events impacting GHLIT medical coverage," said Dr. James Brandt, chairman of the AVMA Group Health Life Insurance Trust. The exchange will utilize a HealthPlan Services platform. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dogs may grasp how people think, study suggests
    Dogs in a recent study demonstrated flexible thinking, which would allow them to understand a human's perspective, according to researcher Juliane Kaminski from the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. In the study of 84 dogs, animals were four times more likely to eat food they had been ordered to stay away from when the lights were turned off, even though the owner was still in the room. Kaminski said the findings mean dogs understood that their owners couldn't see them when the lights were off. BBC (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prosthetic fins help propel sea turtle
    A turtle rescued by fishermen in 2008 is swimming again thanks to prosthetic fins. The animal is believed to have been attacked by a shark. The 220-pound female loggerhead sea turtle, named Hu, was fitted with dozens of artificial fins before Suma Aqualife Park researchers in Kobe, Japan, found the perfect match in her current rubber fins that are held in place with a vest. Mashable (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The AVMA GHLIT will be hosting its Wellness Center at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, February 18-20. Make sure you stop by for your health screening! Click here for more information, including details on how to schedule your appointment in advance.
  Animal News 
  • Determining necessary vaccines for a horse
    When it's time to decide what vaccines are necessary for horses, veterinarian Jennifer Coates revisits the American Association of Equine Practitioners guidelines for core and risk-based vaccines. The core vaccines are necessary for every horse, while the risk-based vaccines are recommended for some horses under certain circumstances. Factors including age, sex and geographical location influence risk, Dr. Coates writes. Vetted blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Human medications pose pet health risks
    Accidental pet poisonings in 2012 increased 7% over the previous year, according to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, and human medications are often the culprit. Insurance claims for toxin exposure and ingestion submitted to PetPlan averaged $465 after deductibles were met. To prevent accidental pet poisonings, veterinarians recommend storing medications properly and taking them when pets aren't around. "Assume anything a kid can get into, pets can get into," said veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald. The Wall Street Journal (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rising temps could lead to mycotoxin growth in livestock feed
    As temperatures rise across the nation, fungal spores in feed may begin to grow, and some produce mycotoxins, which can result in grains being refused by dealers or deemed unfit for livestock. To prevent mycotoxin development, University of Nebraska Extension specialist Tom Dorn recommends cleaning grain bins with a bleach solution, then rinsing several days later. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 5 ways to find additional revenue
    If you're looking to generate some extra revenue, look for ways to leverage your company's assets, suggests Jeanne Rossomme, president of RoadMap Marketing. For example, you can sublet some of your space, sell advertisements in your e-mail newsletters or make commission-earning referrals to other companies. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • February is National Pet Dental Health Month
    Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February. Visit AVMA's National Pet Dental Health Month web page for resources and more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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