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January 30, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • U.N. agency: Nations must maintain vigilance on influenza
    Governments cannot afford to neglect influenza surveillance and prevention, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. "I am worried because in the current climate, governments are unable to keep up their guard," said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth. "I see inaction in the face of very real threats to the health of animals and people." The FAO also warns that vigilance is needed against another pathogen, peste des petits ruminants virus. Yahoo/Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gene may be clue to H1N1 susceptibility
    The genetic variation called rs12252-C, which is relatively common among the Han ethnic group in China, may make people susceptible to serious infection with H1N1 influenza, according to new research. In the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, 69% of Chinese people with serious infection had the genetic variation, while it was present in 25% of those with mild infections. Yahoo/Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 pygmy elephants found dead may have been poisoned
    Over the past few weeks, eight endangered Borneo pygmy elephants from 4 to 20 years old have been found dead in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Malaysia, while two others died earlier this month. Officials suspect the animals may have been deliberately poisoned. The animals' gastrointestinal tracts showed signs of acute bleeding, reserve veterinarian Sen Nathan said. Officials are awaiting test results to determine whether the animals, among fewer than 1,500 Borneo pygmy elephants thought left in the wild, were poisoned. BBC (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Blood donor menagerie aids animals at veterinary teaching hospital
    Dogs and cats -- and even two cows and a horse -- serve as blood donors when veterinary patients need a blood transfusion or other blood products at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. "It is a pretty constant need," says veterinarian Jonathan Bach, the head of the hospital's emergency and critical care services. "Like humans, animals can have problems with bleeding or trauma." University of Wisconsin (Madison) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Raise your standards to improve your life
    If you want something different out of your life than what you are getting, you should start by adjusting your standards, writes Liz Seda. This process can be difficult, but "it starts with changing what we perceive to be our identity," she writes. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Veterinary Achievement Awards
    Veterinarians contribute to society in many ways, and we all know colleagues with distinctive accomplishments and careers. To recognize these colleagues and the valuable work they do, the AVMA and American Veterinary Medical Foundation offer a number of awards to individuals who have advanced the science and art of veterinary medicine, and who have shown exemplary concern for, and commitment to, the welfare and humane treatment of animals. Visit the AVMA/AVMF awards page for more information and to nominate a deserving individual. Deadline for most nominations is Feb. 1, so don't delay! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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