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February 11, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Canine skull shape may shed light on human facial anomalies
    Today's 400-plus canine breeds display a vast variety of skull shapes, and scientists who recently compiled data on the history, biology and genetics of those variations hope the information will help identify the causes of some human craniofacial anomalies. "Dogs can serve as a model for skull growth and shape determination, because the genetic conservation between dogs and humans makes it highly likely that craniofacial development is regulated similarly between both species," said researcher Jeffrey Schoenebeck. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSU expert keeps an eye on miniature therapy horse's glaucoma
    Colorado State University veterinary ophthalmologist Cynthia Powell surgically corrected glaucoma in a therapy horse's only remaining eye in 2008 and has been managing the case ever since. Snuggles, a miniature horse who is also a therapy animal, lost one eye as a baby and returns to CSU to have her remaining eye monitored for any problems related to her glaucoma. Because the eye has been healthy since 2008, Dr. Powell believes the condition will continue to respond to medication. KCNC-TV (Denver) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Judge finds woman guilty of pretending to be veterinarian
    An Ohio woman was convicted of fraud, forgery, misdemeanor theft and more for posing as a veterinarian at a now-closed veterinary hospital in Akron, Ohio. Authorities said 36-year-old Brandi Tomko ran the hospital in the owner's absence, even after the veterinarians quit. Animals were harmed, some fatally, as a result of Tomko's actions, the county prosecutor said. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Cat still agile on remaining 2 feet
    Caffrey, a 13-year-old Persian, balances his way through life on only his two right legs. He lost his back left leg in an accident years ago, and his front left leg had to be amputated recently due to a tumor. The Daily Mail (London) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Update: Veterinary staff to keep Tiny Tim happy as long as they can
    Tiny Tim, a formerly 35-pound cat whose weight-loss goals made him an Internet sensation, has been diagnosed with a plasma cell tumor in his leg, a rare condition in companion animals, according to veterinarian Alice Frei, who has been caring for Tiny Tim for about a year. It's an aggressive cancer, and although Tiny Tim is being treated with chemotherapy, he will likely succumb to the disease. "We will not let him suffer," Dr. Frei said. "When he's uncomfortable and unhappy, we'll let him go." Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Where to look when you can't find a loan
    Several programs are available that may be able to help your company if you are having a hard time finding funding, Stephanie Faris writes. For example, the Small Business Administration's Microloan Program provides funds for furniture or equipment, while the Minority Business Development Agency offers financing for minority-owned companies. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Animal welfare overhaul advances in N.D.
    With little discussion and unanimous support, North Dakota's state Senate has passed a measure that overhauls the state's approach to animal welfare. The measure defines animal mistreatment, changes animal cruelty to a felony, addresses leaving an animal in an automobile without taking adequate safety precautions and clarifies the process of seizing animals. The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Looking back ... but moving forward
    It's AVMA's 150th birthday this year and as we reflect on our rich heritage, it's also time to think ahead to the future. Following the suggestion of AVMA's 20/20 Commission and a 2011 resolution of the House of Delegates, the AVMA Task Force on Governance and Membership Participation is working to develop a new way to structure AVMA's governance where each and every member can make contributions to its future. AVMA members are encouraged to visit the Governance Task Force website, review the Governance Dialog script, and provide your comments and feedback. They are important to us – AVMA is your association and it needs to work for you. Visit the AVMA@Work blog for more information and additional ways to provide feedback. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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