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February 25, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Zoo's polar bear undergoes root canal, eyelid surgery and more
    After keepers noticed something wasn't right, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's 27-year-old, 922-pound male polar bear, named Boris, underwent a root canal, eyelid mass removal and other treatments Saturday. The procedures lasted four hours, and Boris was returned to his zoo home after recovering. Zoo veterinarian Karen Wolf noted that despite his age, Boris is doing well, apart from arthritis and continuing dental issues. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Owners and dogs race to raise funds for pet care at N.C. State
    For the second year in a row, dog lovers and their four-legged friends participated in the Irondog race to raise money used to help offset the cost of emergency medical and surgical care for pets. Veterinarian Marcia Backstrom initiated the program at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, bringing the idea from Michigan State University, where the race is in its third year. "I thought I'd try it and see how it went, just to support the clients and help more pets," said Dr. Backstrom, who placed first among veterinarians in the race. "It's been fun." The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No relief in sight for Wis. horses, owners
    Horse owners in Wisconsin are facing a grim situation because last summer's drought left hay supplies depleted and the cost of hay from other areas high. Many horses whose owners can't afford to feed them may soon be facing starvation, and even horse rescues are in trouble, turning away owners seeking help. The hay supply in the state is at its lowest level in more than half a century, and the problem is expected to get worse. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Getting started on Twitter: Tips for small-business owners
    After choosing a Twitter handle and filling out your bio, you can begin to build your presence on the social network by tweeting content that your followers will care about, writes Álvaro J. Soltero. "[T]he most important resource you can use to build a Twitter community is your knowledge of your target market and how to reach them," he writes. You can gauge your success by tracking the number of clicks your content gets and monitoring the use of your hashtags. Social Media Today/Leaf's SMB Blog (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AVMA in the News 
  • AVMA president: No easy fix for challenges in veterinary medicine
    Soaring educational costs, decreasing demand and falling salaries have created a difficult climate for new veterinarians, who may be struggling to find work and are often buried under student loans. According to the AVMA, starting salaries for veterinarians fell 13% over a 10-year period, to $45,575. Meanwhile, the cost of schooling is up 35% and factors such as larger class sizes, a declining pet population and a tough economy have dampened demand. AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros says there is no single clear solution to the challenges being faced in the profession, but he says the economics of veterinary school must be evaluated: "It's not a sustainable model. For the long-term success and health of the veterinary practice, we've got to look at every end of it." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Affordable Care Act means higher costs for veterinarians
    Veterinary practices will be affected by the Affordable Care Act because more than half of medical device manufacturers reportedly plan to pass a 2.3% excise tax included in the law on to clinicians. "Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinarian medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that's very unfortunate that medicine is subsidizing human health care," said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA's Governmental Relations Division. Devices used exclusively for animals are not affected by the tax, but those used for both animals and humans are subject to the new levy. WPRI-TV (Providence, R.I.) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • VIDEO: Is this normal? When to take your pet to the veterinarian
    We can't ask our pets if they're feeling OK, so how do we know if something is wrong with them? In this AVMA video, Dr. Shelly Rubin discusses some of the signs to look for and when it's necessary to take your pet to the veterinarian. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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