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February 28, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Sequestration would endanger National Zoo research
    The National Zoo and all Smithsonian museums are preparing for a budget cut of at least 5% if sequestration takes hold. "If the sequester remains permanent, we're going to have to reduce our mission. We'll have to reduce our research, we'll have to reduce the number of animals we put on exhibit," said Zoo Director Dennis Kelly. Among the zoo's important research contributions are identification of a fungus that threatens up to one-third of the world's frogs and a deadly virus attacking baby elephants. CBS News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarians help bald eagle recover from shooting
    Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island veterinarians treated a bald eagle who was found in a landfill, lethargic and injured. Veterinarians discovered the female raptor had multiple shotgun pellets embedded in her body and head, causing brain swelling. They treated her for the injuries and provided supportive care. The bald eagle, now named Eleanor, will join other eagles at the Raptor Trust where rescuers hope she will learn to eat again on her own. (Hackensack, N.J.)/The Associated Press (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New coronavirus: Next deadly pandemic or dead-end virus?
    A newly identified coronavirus that has killed seven of its 13 known victims was rapidly characterized by scientists worldwide who sequenced part of its genome, found it readily infects humans cells and discovered it may respond to medicines used to treat SARS. However, the remaining unanswered questions may be the most important, such as the identity of the reservoir animal and the epidemiology of exposure in humans. "What we know really concerns me, but what we don't know really scares me," said Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • "Dr. Google" is not an expert on pet cancer
    It's not uncommon for owners to search online for answers to their heart-wrenching questions when a pet is diagnosed with cancer, but they should proceed with caution, writes veterinary oncologist Joanne Intile. A trained veterinary oncologist is the best resource for owners with pets who have cancer, notes Dr. Intile, but she says veterinarians must approach all communication regarding cancer diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and even Internet research with patience and compassion. Daily Vet blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Behind the scenes at an AAHA-accredited animal hospital
    The American Animal Hospital Association gives its seal of approval to veterinary hospitals that achieve a certain standard of practice, and pet expert Steve Dale highlights his own pets' animal hospital, Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago, one of the first practices to gain AAHA accreditation. According to veterinarian Natalie Marks, AAHA requires that practices adhere to numerous guidelines for achieving excellence including staff knowledge and skills and technology tools to help diagnose and treat ill pets. Dale's Pet World blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Explosive-sniffing dogs look for contraband on people
    Seven and Zelda are bomb-sniffing dogs trained to detect explosives on human beings and track contraband-laden bad guys on the move at Albany International Airport in New York. In most cases, dogs sniff out explosives in stationary objects, so this is a new tactic to foil would-be terrorists. "It's unobtrusive -- the dogs are very, very effective. Their senses are tremendous," said Albany International Airport CEO John O'Donnell. YNN Hudson Valley (Albany, N.Y.) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Form a peer group to get valuable advice
    Professionals can feel isolated when they are struggling with a challenge and have no one to talk it out with. Consider forming a small peer group where you can exchange ideas with like-minded individuals, writes John Coleman, founder of the VIA Agency. Keep membership at about six or eight people, set clear expectations for the group, require everyone who joins to attend the meetings and make sure discussions stay private, he recommends. Fast Company online (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What's going on at the AVMA?
    The AVMA@Work blog brings you news and updates about the goings-on at the association and offers you the chance to join the discussion. The latest AVMA@Work updates include a message about a recent New York Times article on veterinary education; how having a plan can help drive preventive health care visits; updates on AVMA's 150th anniversary; and much more. View the AVMA@Work blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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