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February 7, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • GHLIT to set up marketplace for AVMA members to buy insurance
    The AVMA Group Health and Life Insurance Trust will establish a health insurance exchange to help members obtain health care coverage. "The exchange will allow members to shop and compare health insurance plans and costs to see which plan best suits their needs," said GHLIT CEO Libby Wallace. The news comes as policies with former GHLIT underwriter New York Life are scheduled to terminate at the start of next year. Wallace said members can expect more information soon, and the private marketplace will be established this spring. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bats' life history makes them the perfect zoonotic disease reservoir
    Recent research showed bats harbor the most zoonotic pathogens per species, including headline-grabbing viruses such as rabies, Nipah, Hendra and Ebola. The geographical overlap of numerous bat species in one area combined with bats' body size, reproduction characteristics, genetic similarity and longevity make them ideal reservoirs for these deadly viruses, according to researchers. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Owl anatomy confers head-turning ability
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have characterized the anatomical traits that enable owls to rotate their heads as far as 270 degrees. In addition to a single neck pivot joint and multiple vertebrae that help owls rotate without causing damage, the researchers found "backup" blood vessels that compensate for any occluded by the motion, and flexible tissue accommodates any pooling of blood during head rotation. Humans lack such adaptations, explaining our relatively stiff-necked posture. Other birds including hawks have similar traits to those of owls. National Geographic News/Weird & Wild blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Don't forget pets when it comes to matters of the heart
    This is American Heart Month, and dogs and cats don't want to be left out, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus, who discusses a canine cardiac patient. A dachshund named Chad suffers from a rare heart wall tumor, leaky valves and heart failure. Dr. Hohenhaus suggests owners get any coughing dog evaluated by a veterinarian. Chad is doing well on his veterinarian-directed treatment. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canine intestinal disorders explained
    Veterinarian Karen Dye explains two canine intestinal disorders: hemorrhagic gastroenteritis and inflammatory bowel disease. The symptoms of intestinal disease are nonspecific, but characteristics such as breed, as well as blood tests of metrics such as packed cell volume, help the veterinarian pinpoint the cause, Dr. Dye writes. The recommended treatment varies depending on the diagnosis but usually includes fluids, medications and dietary changes. The Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Top 10 ideas for smarter small business
    To sharpen your time management skills as a small business owner, harness the power of technology to share files when you're on the run, outsource for jobs such as bookkeeping or IT and make it a habit to check e-mail only three times a day, says designer Robin Wilson, president and CEO of Robin Wilson Home. Among her other top 10 tips for small business leaders: Schedule short breaks between meetings, secure office supplies to cut costs and eye cash flow daily. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Laws divide food-animal industry, activists
    Five states have enacted laws meant to block people from entering livestock production facilities under false pretenses to record undercover video documenting the treatment of animals. Other states are considering similar legislation. Proponents of the law say people who enter livestock production sites using lies and deception are violating the operators' rights. Opponents say the laws infringe upon their right to free speech and are meant to cloak questionable practices. ABC News/The Blotter blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Future Leaders – Your Time Is Now!
    Do you know a colleague with leadership potential in the veterinary profession? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills so you can take an active role in the future of the AVMA and organized veterinary medicine? The AVMA is continuing the success of the yearlong Future Leaders Program for 2013-2014 with a goal to identify and develop volunteer leaders for the AVMA and other organized veterinary groups. Working with a professional facilitator, 10 participants will take part in various leadership and project management training exercises, and collaborate on one focused project impacting organized veterinary medicine and in alignment with AVMA's Strategic Goals. Nominations for AVMA's Future Leaders Program are due Feb. 18. Learn more about AVMA's Future Leaders Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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