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December 21, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • USDA issues final traceability rules
    On Thursday, the USDA issued its final traceability rules, revamping them in response to roughly 1,600 comments received from across the country. The rules require animals being moved over state lines to have official identification and a veterinary certificate of inspection as well as other paperwork, with some exclusions. "It's going to help us move quickly to identify where diseased and at-risk animals are, as well as which animals do not need to be held or tested during a disease investigation," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese swine carry avian influenza, study finds
    Researchers from the South China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine found a number of strains of avian influenza in addition to two swine influenza subtypes in Chinese pigs. Because re-assortment of influenza can occur in pigs, the researchers urge improved surveillance of the viruses across the pork industry to advance pandemic preparedness and help prevent transmission to humans and other species. RedOrbit (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thermal imaging aids detection of rabies in live bats
    Researchers using thermal imaging have found that the facial temperature of some bats infected with rabies decreases by more than 4 degrees Celsius within 21 days of infection, marking the first time a test has been able to detect evidence of rabies in a live animal. The researchers hope the test, once it is refined, can be used to detect infected bats in wild colonies to help contain the deadly disease and prevent its spread to other species, including humans. National Geographic News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Owners splurge on pets for Christmas
    PetSmart estimates that 76% of pet owners will purchase gifts for their furry friends this holiday season. Almost everything imaginable is available for pets, including clothes and do-it-yourself gourmet pet treat makers, as well as fish bowls that mount on a wall and gerbil and hamster playpens. One Texas business even sells a pet wedding dress for $3,000. KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Venomous snakes hatch from eggs collected by young boy
    Three-year-old Kyle Cummings and his mother of Australia are lucky to be alive after seven of nine eastern brown snake eggs he was keeping in a plastic food container in his closet hatched. The eastern brown snake is one of the most poisonous land snakes in the world. Only 5 to 6 inches long, the 5-day-old hatchlings are capable of killing a human with their venom, according to Trish Prendergast, the reptile specialist who obtained the baby snakes and released them into the wild. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 5 reasons to use an automated payroll system
    There are several advantages to using a direct-deposit system to pay your employees; for example, it can allow you to save money on paper, postage and other items, writes Stephanie Faris. In addition, automated payroll systems can let you access reports that may be useful for your company. "You'll also be able to export your information to bookkeeping software, which helps you more easily manage your budget," she writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Even Santa's reindeer need a veterinarian!
    Being AVMA president certainly has its perks, including the title of Santa's Official Veterinarian. This year, Dr. Doug Aspros performed the examination of Santa's reindeer in preparation for their special flight. Just like you and your pets, Santa's reindeer need regular examinations and preventive care to keep them healthy. Thankfully, Dr. Aspros gave the reindeer full "RTF" ("Ready To Fly!") status this year, so they're ready to go. Visit AVMA's Reindeer web page for links to the press release, the official North Pole reindeer health certificate, answers to kids' questions about reindeer, and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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