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September 15, 2011
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • GAO: Not enough data collected on antibiotic use in food animals
    A Government Accountability Office report says that federal officials are missing the mark when it comes to tracking and monitoring the use of antibiotics in food animals. The report, commissioned by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., noted that though FDA and USDA keep some records on what antibiotics are sold, not enough data is collected to assess whether these drugs could be implicated in human antibiotic resistance. In reaction to the report, National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf said the finding backed NPPC's stance on the issue, and that the agencies don't even collect enough data to conduct a study. (9/15), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/14), Bloomberg Businessweek (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA unveils new foodborne illness response team
    In an effort to respond more quickly and efficiently to foodborne illness outbreaks, FDA has created the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, which is comprised of epidemiologists, microbiologists and veterinarians. In addition to investigating new foodborne illness outbreaks, CORE will also develop prevention plans to avoid further outbreaks as laid out by the Food Safety Modernization Act. (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Australian scientists discover new dolphin species
    Researchers in Australia say they have found a new dolphin species living near Melbourne and as far as Tasmania and South Australia. The discovery was made after the scientists compared this dolphin's skull with that of a bottlenose dolphin. Only the third new dolphin species found since the late 1800s, this new dolphin will be called Tursiops australis. ABC (Australia) (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Illinois cats test positive for Tularemia
    The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed that three pet cats tested positive for Tularemia, also called "rabbit fever," a bacterial disease found in rodents and rabbits. The disease causes fever, mouth ulcers, depression and enlarged lymph nodes, and cats contract the disease when they ingest rodents or through a tick bite. Pet cats can transmit the illness to their owners, so health officials advise owners to keep cats from hunting outdoors and ensure they are safeguarded from tick bites, among other recommendations. The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Dry eye issue that sidelined Venus Williams also occurs in dogs
    Keratoconjunctivitis, or "dry eye," occurs in dogs and is similar to Sjogren's syndrome, the immune mediated illness of humans that sidelined Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. Veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus explains that dogs with dry eye usually have crusty eyes and nostrils and red sclera. Treatments include twice daily immunosuppressive eye medication aimed at increasing tear production or surgical placement of punctal plugs, which clog the tear ducts, effectively keeping more tears on the surface of the eye. WebMD (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Broken teeth cause pain and other problems
    When a pet fractures a tooth, the dental pulp, which has millions of nerve endings, is exposed, says veterinarian Eric Davis. The break can lead to infection and inflammation as microorganisms in the mouth make their way to the pulp tissue. Upon fracture, pets will exhibit certain signs, such as a protruding or lulling tongue. Owners are advised to regularly look at their pets' teeth and have routine dental exams performed by a veterinarian. Hudson Valley Press (Newburgh, N.Y.) (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changes in urination habits may indicate illness in dogs
    Veterinarian Julia Lewis points out that older dogs that develop unusual urination habits, such as urinating in bed, could have a medical condition and an exam and bloodwork done by a veterinarian will shed light on the cause of the problem. Dr. Lewis notes that if there is no physical reason for the change in urination patterns, cognitive dysfunction may be the problem and a veterinarian can help formulate treatment options. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • What you need to ask every job candidate
    A job interview can give you a peek into a candidate's mindset and approach to business, but only if you ask the right questions. Asking candidates to "Tell me about yourself" is an interview mainstay for a reason, because it separates well-prepared candidates from those who didn't do their research, says career counselor Arlene Hirsch. And Michael Mercer recommends asking "When you finish your work, what do you like to do?" because the answer reveals the candidate's work ethic. (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Compounding lab can make animal medications, court rules
    In 2010, the FDA challenged Franck's Pharmacy, a central Florida compounding lab, and all veterinary compounding pharmacies, alleging these violated the Animal Medicinal Use Clarification Act and other regulations, but U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan has ruled in favor of Franck's, saying that the FDA does not have the authority to stop the pharmacy from compounding drugs for use by a prescribing veterinarian. Judge Corrigan further noted that impeding veterinary compounding pharmacies could result in animals not receiving appropriate treatments. Thoroughbred Times (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Recognizing age-related changes and signs of illness in senior pets
    Veterinarian Greg Perrault explains that aging pets undergo normal changes including increased tiredness and hearing and vision loss, but other differences in a pets' behavior could indicate serious illness. These include lethargy, weight changes, bad breath and increased drinking and urination, among others. Dr. Perrault recommends following the AVMA's guidelines to have senior pets examined by a veterinarian every six months in order to detect any signs of illness. Gazette Newspapers (Long Beach, Calif.) (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Finding the right veterinarian
    When owners seek a veterinarian, they should look for good communication, how well the veterinarian interacts with patients and addresses health issues, along with up-to-date hospital technology and services, say Carl Ware, chief operating officer of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Wash., and veterinarian Carin Smith. They also note that veterinary education standards are high, so as long as a veterinarian attended an AVMA-accredited school, he or she will be equally knowledgeable on diseases, treatments and procedures. The Seattle Times/Tails of Seattle blog (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Safe Tailgating on Game Day
    Are you ready for some tailgating? Read the latest AVMA Keep Our Food Safe blog entry for tips on how to keep your food safe while tailgating or during game-day parties this season. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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