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November 1, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Equine Hendra virus vaccine expected to halt transmission to humans
    Seven years of research by a multidisciplinary team of scientists has resulted in a Hendra virus vaccine for horses. In Australia, Hendra has killed 81 horses. Four of the seven people who contracted the disease from horses died as a result of their infection. "The vaccine will also help to protect the health of horses and is a major win for anyone working in the equine industry, including veterinarians," said veterinarian Ben Gardiner, president of the Australian Veterinary Association. Veterinarian Deborah Middleton agreed. "I have seen first-hand how Hendra has created difficult working conditions for my colleagues and any Australian who works with horses," Dr. Middleton said. "A horse vaccine is crucial to breaking the cycle of Hendra virus transmission from flying foxes to horses and then to people, as it can prevent both the horse developing the disease and passing it on." The disease has only been documented in Australia, according to Iowa State University. Fraser Coast Chronicle (Maryborough, Australia) (11/1), The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoos help bring tiny toad back to its natural habitat
    About 2,500 Ki­hansi spray toads were released into their natural habitat in the Ki­hansi River Gorge in Tan­za­nia this week, thanks to the efforts of the Toledo Zoo, the Bronx Zoo and officials in Tanzania. The tiny species was discovered in 1996, only to be declared extinct in the wild in 2009 after the toads' habitat was changed by construction of a hydroelectric dam and illness affected their survival. "The re­in­tro­duc­tion of the Ki­hansi spray toad to the Ki­hansi Gorge in Tan­za­nia is a mo­men­tous achieve­ment in con­ser­va­tion. This has been a truly global ef­fort to save a spe­cies," said Wild­life Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent and CEO Cris­tian Samper. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Invasion of New York City: Sandy forces rats above ground
    New Yorkers will likely begin to notice extra -- and unwelcome -- wildlife underfoot in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy because thousands of rats flushed from their underground homes have taken shelter above ground, under cars, behind trash receptacles and in holes throughout the city. Pigeons, another common city species, likely waited out the storm in the protection of skyscrapers, said Tufts University animal behaviorist Robert Cook. National Geographic News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strategies for saving on pet care
    Veterinarian Karen Felsted offers some ways for savvy owners to save money while maximizing pet health care. Dr. Felsted recommends getting pets annual exams to spot problems before they become costly illnesses, feeding a high-quality diet and keeping pets at a healthy weight. She also suggests owners consider obtaining pet insurance and talk with their veterinarian about ways to ensure good, quality care for the best price. PARADE (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Around the Office 
  • How to sketch out a 5-year vision
    Small businesses can build a five-year financial plan using basic information they already have, such as sales, the cost of goods sold, marketing projections and cash flow, writes Ken Kaufman, president and chief financial officer of handheld device firm Aribex. He outlines the steps in crafting a five-year outlook that can guide business decisions. OPEN Forum blogs (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Court weighs contraband-sniffing dogs on the scales of justice
    The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether contraband-sniffing dogs without a warrant for house and vehicle searches violate the Fourth Amendment. One case centered on whether police could obtain search warrants based on a perimeter sniff search by police dogs. The other focused on whether a dog's contraband-sniffing abilities must be documented before they could be the basis of a vehicular search. The Wall Street Journal/Law Blog (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Association News 
  • The November 15 issue of JAVMA News is available online
    News and feature articles about the veterinary profession and animal health are available online for free from the twice-monthly Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read the November 15 JAVMA News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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