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December 18, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Foot-and-mouth outbreak inevitable, veterinarian says
    Veterinarian Paul Sundberg of the National Pork Board sees an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the U.S. as inevitable. FMD last broke out in the U.S. in 1929, but because the virus is known to be present in more than 100 nations, it is very likely that it will wreak havoc in the U.S. again. Vaccination against the disease is challenging because the virus has seven distinct serotypes and 60 subtypes, but vaccines are in development. Farm & Ranch Guide (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Avian influenza may be carried by the wind
    A study of a 2003 avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands found wind may be responsible for 18% of viral spread. Previous studies showed a correlation between wind direction and the pattern of avian influenza's spread through farms. The new findings have implications for culling procedures and containment practices on farms. WorldPoultry.net (Netherlands) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Crayfish could be reservoir for fungus decimating amphibians
    Chytrid fungus has decimated amphibians, pushing some 300 species close to extinction, and new research suggests the fungus may persist among crayfish in the absence of amphibians. Researchers believe the fungus then attacks any new amphibians that enter waters inhabited by infected crayfish. "This pathogen is bad news. It's worse news than any other pathogen in the history of life on Earth as far as we know it," said San Francisco State University conservation biologist Vance Vredenburg. He added that researchers should continue to explore other possible hosts of the fungus. National Geographic News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Trained comfort dogs help Sandy Hook survivors cope
    In the wake of the tragic shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., seven therapy dogs from the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, part of Lutheran Church Charities, have been on hand at funerals and other gatherings to help people cope. "The dogs have become the bridge," said Lynn Buhrke, a handler for one of the dogs. "People just sit down and talk to you." The group was established after five people were killed by a gunman at Northern Illinois University in 2008. Discovery (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The life-and-death importance of bomb-sniffing dogs
    An Army specialist's most valuable weapon when moving through Afghanistan just may be his dog. This firsthand account of a soldier relying on a bomb-sniffing dog sheds light on the gravity of war and the vital importance of bomb-sniffing canines. Business Insider (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to become a better listener
    Really listening to what other people say is a vital element of the communications process, Zoe B writes. You can become a better communicator by making eye contact, paraphrasing what other people tell you and refraining from interrupting, she writes. Lifehack.org (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • The Jan. 1 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 Jan. 1 JAVMA News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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