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March 11, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • K-State veterinary school sees more out-of-state students
    Veterinarian Ralph Richardson, dean of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, explains the factors behind the school's growing number of out-of-state students. The school designates 45 spots in the incoming class for Kansas residents, down from 50 since 2000, and Kansas residents made up 48.6% of the school in 2008 and 39.7% in 2012, Dr. Richardson said. A shrinking number of in-state applicants and lower entrance exam scores contribute to the decrease. The school also has programs guaranteeing some seats for students from particular parts of the country and the world, such as China. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • San Antonio Zoo's geriatric elephant may have lymphoma
    Fifty-nine-year-old Boo, an elephant resident of the San Antonio Zoo, may have lymphoma, according to zoo veterinarian Rob Coke, who said blood tests suggested the cancer but final results are pending. Boo appeared to begin feeling ill in January, showing signs of discomfort and refusing to eat. Staff are working to ensure her comfort, but Dr. Coke acknowledges they are on unknown ground. "This is completely new territory," Dr. Coke said. "We're setting the background now; we're trying to expand the knowledge base." San Antonio Express-News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Be vigilant about aging cat's health
    To maximize the length and quality of an aging cat's life, veterinarian Julie Damron writes that owners should schedule semiannual veterinary exams and have regular lab work and routine dental care performed. Be sure vaccinations are current, feed a high-quality diet to provide essential nutrients and maintain a healthy weight, and keep cats indoors, Dr. Damron advises. Owners must remain vigilant because cats are good at concealing health issues, and subtle changes may be difficult for owners to detect, according to Dr. Damron. The Record (Stockton, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • View AVMA's FAQ and brochure on caring for an older pet  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo veterinarian discusses challenges and job satisfaction
    Binder Park Zoo veterinarian Judilee Marrow explains how she came to be a zoo veterinarian and why she loves her job despite the constant challenges. Dr. Marrow, who completed extensive training with the American College of Zoological Medicine and came to Binder Park Zoo in October, says she knew as a child she wanted to be a veterinarian. "Being a zoo veterinarian is a challenge," Dr. Marrow said. "You don't have all the answers. It's a puzzle, and I absolutely love that." Battle Creek Enquirer (Mich.) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Podcast: Toxoplasmosis
    Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic diseases in cats, but if you or someone close to you has ever been pregnant, you probably know of the risks this parasite can pose to expecting mothers and their unborn children. There have even been reports that toxoplasmosis can cause changes in behavior or mental disorders in people. So just what is this disease, exactly, and what are the risks it poses to people and pets? In this AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council, and owner and director of the Cat Hospital at Towson in Baltimore, discusses toxoplasmosis. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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