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October 18, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Tufts program engages high schoolers in veterinary care
    Worcester Tech, a high school in Worcester, Mass., is home to "Tufts at Tech," a program that matches Tufts veterinarians and veterinary students with high school students and provides reduced-cost care to pets of families in need. The high school students assist veterinarians with animal restraint and instrument preparation. "Students will be prepared to enter right into the workforce, or potentially go into a two-year or four-year college program and hopefully become veterinary nurses or eventually a veterinarian if that is their goal," said veterinarian Greg Wolfus, who runs the program. New England Cable News (Boston) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Singing fish sheds light on evolution of vocalization
    Scientists have gleaned a plethora of information regarding vocalization and hearing from the plainfin midshipman fish, a species that emits a sound so loud that it can wake people sleeping on houseboats. Studies of the species' unique sound-making capacity have implications for understanding sound communication in other species, such as bats, and may help advance research into hormone-related hearing loss in humans. blog (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Client education reduces fears of anesthesia, improves animal health
    Veterinarian Donna Solomon explains that educating owners about anesthesia will help them understand that much-needed procedures, such as dental cleanings, can be conducted safely and painlessly on pets. Owners should know that several factors contribute to the safety of modern pet anesthesia, including a pre-surgical exam and blood tests, medication protocols tailored to the individual animal, advanced monitoring equipment and certified, experienced professionals. "Anesthesia can be scary, but [clients'] fears can be minimized with knowledge," writes Dr. Solomon. The Huffington Post/The Blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinary technicians invest heart and soul in their work
    The responsibilities of a certified veterinary technician include assisting veterinarians in the exam room and during surgeries, collecting blood samples from animals and running tests, bandaging animals, administering medications and even cleaning up after sick pets, writes certified veterinary technician Patricia Karpusiewicz. Even though the hours can be long and the work is sometimes physically and emotionally difficult, "it is the best job I have ever had. ... I found my passion, and that is why I love being a vet tech," writes Karpusiewicz. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pet hospice increases options for pets and owners
    Veterinary at-home hospice services provide end-of-life care for ill pets, improving quality of life for animals and potentially extending life, albeit only for a few days in some cases. Hospice care must be administered by a veterinarian who works in conjunction with the pet's regular veterinarian to provide palliative treatment such as pain management and catheter placement. San Francisco Chronicle (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Boost your business's online security
    You can improve online security at your business by using strong passwords, encrypting sensitive information and keeping your software updated, according to a survey. It's also important to help employees learn about online security. ZDNet (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AVMA in the News 
  • Consumer advocate explains veterinary specialty care
    Angie's List founder Angie Hicks offers consumers tips on how to save money on pet health care, including understanding the costs of regular veterinary care and specialty care. There are 40 distinct veterinary specialties recognized by the AVMA, such as oncology, cardiology and radiology. Advanced care options are provided by specialists who have undergone years of additional training and often have specialized equipment and facilities to handle their patients' specific needs, Hicks notes. WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • The November 1 issue of JAVMA News is available online
    News and feature articles about the veterinary profession and animal health are available online for free from the twice-monthly Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read the November 1 JAVMA News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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