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October 30, 2012
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  • Study uses saliva to gauge animal health and stress
    Researcher Douglas Granger of Johns Hopkins University is applying his knowledge of how saliva signals stress levels and health in humans to zoo animals. He and his team are working to evaluate saliva specimens from sea lions transferred between zoos. The findings will likely help improve the care of other captive species, according to collaborator Michelle Farmerie of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, who said, "This could be a major step in advancing proactive care and behavior management for animals worldwide." ScienceDaily (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vision originated from 1 common ancestor, study finds
    Using genetic analysis of prehistoric animals, including Cnidarians, the first known animals with eyes, researchers concluded that vision originated from one common ancestor. "The great relevance of our study is that we traced the earliest origin of vision and we found that it originated only once in animals," said researcher Davide Pisani. "This is an astonishing discovery because it implies that our study uncovered, in consequence, how and when vision evolved in humans." ScienceDaily (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Animals have a variety of strategies for weathering rainstorms
    An animal's species, personality and access to shelter and supplies all influence its strategy for dealing with heavy rains, experts say. In nature, orangutans fashion protective canopies or hats from leaves, but those living at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo are more inclined to wrap up in burlap bags, a spokeswoman said. Terrestrial and even aquatic animals may retreat to shelter, but some such as grizzly bears may remain out in the open. "We've learned that, for certain animals, it's better and safer to leave them out instead of in," said Nick Hanna, assistant curator of New Orleans' Audubon Nature Institute. "When confined, ostriches tend to run into walls. African antelopes sometimes get so spooked that they will also run into walls." Discovery (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Military dogs to be honored with national monument
    In two months, a national monument will be dedicated to all the dogs that have served the country in combat since World War II. The bronze monument, designed by John Burnam and created by sculptor Paula Slater, features a handler flanked by four dogs representing breeds commonly used in wars. Burnam, who served in Vietnam with military dogs and wrote two books about the topic, spent years pursuing the idea of a national monument for dogs before legislation authorizing the monument was introduced in 2007 and signed into law the next year. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dog walk raises money to fight cancer in pets and people
    2 Million Dogs has sponsored 2-mile walks to raise awareness and money for cancer research. According to the group, some 4 to 8 million companion animals are struck with cancer annually. Since animals and humans often suffer the same types of cancer, the group hopes the efforts will help people and pets. New Castle News (Pa.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Registration open for AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference
    Register today for the 2013 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC), held January 3-6 at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. The VLC offers three days of networking and workshop opportunities, with tracks for current and emerging leaders, as well as state and allied representatives. This conference is also open to all veterinary professionals interested in learning more about leadership, team building and how the AVMA works with you and for you. Participants can also receive continuing education credit for attending selected sessions. Visit the AVMA VLC web page to learn more and to register. The deadline for registration is Dec. 21, 2012. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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