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October 17, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Zoo's polar bear undergoes surgery at U. of Minn.
    Veterinarians at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center performed abdominal surgery on Berlin, the female polar bear who briefly escaped her Lake Superior Zoo enclosure after it flooded this summer. They found evidence of prior abdominal bleeding as well as a necrotic mass. Surgery was performed because Berlin, who now lives at the Como Park Zoo, began acting lethargic and vomiting and an endoscopy, ultrasound and X-rays were inconclusive. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heroic dog with missing snout has other medical problems
    University of California, Davis, veterinarians report that Kabang, the dog from the Philippines who lost her nose and upper jaw after she jumped in front of a motorcycle, apparently saving her two human companions, also has heartworm disease and a tumor. Both medical problems must be treated before her facial injury can be addressed, according to UC Davis faculty, and that may take up to six months. Some animal advocates expressed concern that so much effort is being devoted to one animal when so many need help, but they agreed that any outpouring of support for an animal is positive. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dental care essential to maintaining a happy, healthy horse
    Dental care is vital to good health for horses because painful teeth and gums can lead to crankiness and an aversion to eating. Veterinarian Ben Schroeder recommends beginning regular veterinary dental care for horses by the time they reach 1 year of age. Dr. Schroeder uses several equine dental tools including light sedation, oral speculums, and electric and manual tools to treat dental problems such as teeth that develop sharp or hooked edges, loose or fractured teeth, periodontal disease and abscesses. MidwestProducer.com (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pets can pose a fire hazard
    Pet costumes catching fire near a flame, dogs turning on knobs while trying to reach goodies on the stove -- these are just a few of the ways pets can inadvertently cause fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, pets are responsible for about 510 house fires a year. Between 2006 and 2010, those fires amounted to some $8.7 million in damage, and eight people were hurt. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/The Associated Press (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advice on starting out strong with social media
    It's important to set up profiles for your business on LinkedIn and Facebook and to maintain a company blog, Kevin Magee of Smashing Pixels writes. You should also claim your business's name on new social sites as they pop up, he advises. "Otherwise you may end up having to get creative later when your brand name is gone and it’s the next big thing," he writes. B2C Marketing Insider (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AVMA in the News 
 
  • AVMA holds veterinary schools to highest standards
    AVMA recently re-accredited Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine, a process that all 28 U.S. veterinary schools must undergo every seven years. The process involves a self-evaluation along with a site visit by the AVMA to maintain accreditation. "[AVMA accreditation] is the highest national standard that a college of veterinary medicine can attain," said veterinarian and former acting dean Calvin Johnson. Opelika-Auburn News (Ala.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Registration open for AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference
    Register today for the 2013 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC), held Jan. 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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  SmartQuote 
In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
--Eric Hoffer,
American social writer


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