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February 5, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Oral sample analysis handy for swine disease surveillance
    Oral fluid analysis has become increasingly useful for detecting the presence of some pathogens among swine herds because it is reliable, noninvasive and cost-effective, Iowa State University veterinarians Phil Gauger and Kent Schwartz write. To maximize diagnostic test accuracy, Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Kent advise carefully collecting and storing samples and minimizing time between sample collection and testing. NationalHogFarmer.com (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Company works to adapt human therapies for animals
    Aratana, a company that licenses and tailors compounds from human drugs for animal health conditions, expects to bring its therapies to the U.S. and European markets in 2016. The company is developing a pain medication for pets with osteoarthritis, an appetite stimulant and a pet formulation of Novocain, according to physician and CEO Steven St. Peter. Boston Herald (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.Y., Colo. are canine influenza hotbeds
    According to a Colorado State University study, canine influenza is especially problematic in Colorado and New York. Veterinarian Wendy Hauser says infections can be serious, in part because the virus is relatively new and few dogs have immunity. Dr. Hauser reminds owners that vaccinating dogs is the best prevention. KUSA-TV (Denver) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App helps assess canine intelligence
    A new online application helps owners gauge their dog's intelligence with a series of scientific tests. Dognition, a free tool created by Duke University evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare, uses questions and simple games to measure a dog's aspects of intelligence: communication, cunning, empathy, memory and reasoning. The release of the app coincides with the publication of "The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think," written by Hare and his wife, Duke research scientist Vanessa Woods. TechNewsDaily.com (2/4), The Wall Street Journal (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Piglet with deformed hind legs gains new wheels
    Chris P. Bacon, a piglet born without functional hind legs, became an online phenomenon after his owner, veterinarian Len Lucero, posted video of the adorable animal cruising around in a wheelchair made out of children's building toys. Chris P. Bacon received a wheelchair specially created for animals after Dr. Lucero showed the video to a representative from handicappedpets.com at a conference. WMUR-TV (Manchester, N.H.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

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  • What it takes to get a bank loan
    Your business will need to have positive cash flow if you want to get a bank loan, according to Brian Hamilton, co-founder and chairman of Sageworks. "You need hard facts from tax returns, income statements, and balance sheets to prove that your business is stable and profitable from month to month," he writes. You'll also need a credit report and collateral. Inc. online (free registration)/Making Cents blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • AVMA meetings and CE calendar
    Trying to plan your CE for the upcoming year? AVMA's CE and meetings calendar provides a comprehensive list of options for you. Search by event name, keyword, month, event, location, or CE hours and find the CE that meets your needs. Visit AVMA's CE Web page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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