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October 12, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Research documents signs of PTSD in dogs after nuclear disaster
    Dogs left behind after an earthquake damaged the nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station in Japan last year are showing signs of severe stress that may point to a canine version of post-traumatic stress disorder, researcher Miho Nagasawa wrote in a paper published this week. Dogs rescued in the area had elevated levels of stress hormones and demonstrated trouble learning and forming attachments, which persisted even after the animals received care and training. Los Angeles Times/Science Now blog (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mice "sing" like birds and people, research finds
    Mice may have the brain power needed to adapt the pitch of the ultrasonic "songs" males sing to attract mates, according to new research from Tulane University. Male mice that were housed together demonstrated vocal learning, a rare attribute in the animal world, by matching the pitch of their songs to that of others. The research explored the mechanism through which the mouse brain controls pitch, and scientists say the findings may be useful in studying how anxiety disorders and conditions such as autism affect human communication. BBC (10/10), The Telegraph (London) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. officials confirm state's first case of CWD
    Amid the early hunting season, Pennsylvania wildlife officials have confirmed the state's first case of chronic wasting disease in a white-tailed deer during routine testing at a commercial deer farm. There's no known treatment for the fatal neurological disease, which is transmitted through bodily fluids and contaminated soil. There is no evidence the disease affects humans, but the CDC recommends against consumption of meat from afflicted animals. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Veterinarian urges horse owners to vaccinate for West Nile
    Veterinarians have been diagnosing cases of West Nile virus in horses, and among them is veterinarian Scott Espy of Marshfield, Mo., who has handled two cases in the past few weeks. Dr. Espy urges owners to vaccinate against the fatal disease. "We had a pretty good outbreak about seven years ago and everybody vaccinated at that point. Well, since we vaccinated, the disease kind of went away, so people stopped vaccinating," Dr. Espy says. KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Huge eyeball poses a mini-mystery
    Florida wildlife officials haven't yet determined where a softball-sized eyeball that washed up on Pompano Beach came from, but they expect to when researchers at the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg analyze it. "The primary suspect right now is that it would be a large fish," said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson. NBC News/Cosmic Log blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Why employees need to use their vacation time
    Employees might choose to not use their vacation time for fear of being seen as uncommitted, but you should encourage them to take time off, Margaret Heffernan writes. As a manager, you benefit when your employees are well-rested, she writes. "[T]he more tired your employees get, the less able they are to effectively manage themselves and do powerful critical thinking." Inc. online/Serial CEO blog (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Outbreaks raise questions about third-party food safety auditors
    The job of performing food-safety inspections has shifted in the past two decades from the government to third-party auditors, raising concerns about the foodborne illnesses that kill 3,000 Americans annually and send 128,000 to the hospital. The for-profit companies that contract with producers make public their ratings but not their reports, and in some cases, they have financial ties to the operations they are inspecting. Last year, the Colorado cantaloupe farm whose produce was linked to 33 listeria deaths was awarded a top safety rating. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. veterinary examiners board abandons proposed rule change
    Opposition from groups including animal shelter and rescue advocates convinced the Veterinary Medical Examiners Board in Alabama to drop a proposed rule change that could have resulted in the closure of at least four nonprofit spay-and-neuter clinics in the state. The rule would have prohibited anyone except licensed veterinarians from owning veterinary equipment and employing veterinarians, but some opponents believed the rule would be too far-reaching with unintended consequences. The Anniston Star (Ala.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
    The AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMATs) serve as first responders to ensure high-quality care of animals during disasters and emergencies. When requested by a state, VMATs provide operational assistance in emergency response programs to state animal health authorities, and organize and provide training preparedness programs to animal health authorities, veterinary medical associations, and other relevant organizations. To learn more about VMAT, view AVMA’s VMAT site and follow @AVMAVMAT on Twitter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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