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February 12, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • 10th human case of new coronavirus identified in U.K.
    A U.K. patient who spent time in the Middle East is in intensive care after being diagnosed with a recently identified coronavirus that has only been confirmed in nine other humans to date. The new virus, related to SARS, is thought to be transmitted to humans from animals. In 2003, 800 people died as a result of a SARS epidemic. Health officials think the new virus could be more widespread than reports reflect and recommend any patient with pneumonia of unknown cause be tested for the new pathogen. USA Today/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese jerky treats still subject to intense investigation
    The FDA has received reports as recently as last month about sick or dead pets who may have eaten jerky treats produced in China, bringing the total number of complaints to 2,674, including 501 animal deaths. Veterinarians, toxicologists, forensic chemists and others are working to determine whether the treats cause Fanconi syndrome, a dangerous kidney disorder, in pets that ingest them, but they have been unable to find a definitive link. The Wall Street Journal (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian treats injured bird, boosting conservation efforts
    Veterinarian Scott Terrell, who works at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and his team successfully treated an injured whooping crane for a damaged and infected toe, and the bird has been returned to the wild. The total whooping crane population has grown to 600, with 445 living in the wild, thanks to conservation efforts. This marks the first successful case of capture, treatment at a medical facility and successful release of a whooping crane since the start of a program to establish an eastern migratory population. (Chattanooga, Tenn.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MU veterinary school gets $5M estate gift
    The University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine received a $5 million gift from St. Louis-area couple Cottrell and Kay Fox, whose dog was treated for bone cancer at the school. The couple made the donation in honor of their veterinarians, James Schuessler and Fred Bendick. A portion of the money is tagged for comparative cancer research, which examines ways to treat cancer in humans and animals. "What we learn through our comparative oncology work can translate into improved options for cancer care in people," said MU veterinary oncologist Carolyn Henry. Columbia Missourian (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

The AVMA GHLIT will be hosting its Wellness Center at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, February 18-20. Make sure you stop by for your health screening! Click here for more information, including details on how to schedule your appointment in advance.
  Animal News 
  • The many faces of canine plastic surgery
    Americans spent $62 million on canine plastic surgery in 2011, according to pet health insurance provider PetPlan. Procedures such as tail docking and ear altering are considered cosmetic surgery, but veterinarians who perform plastic surgery also do entropion correction and address obstructive soft palates in brachycephalic breeds. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natural isn't necessarily better for animal oral health
    Veterinarian Donna Solomon explains that chewing on the bones of animals such as cows, pigs and chickens is not a healthy or effective means of maintaining dogs' oral health and can expose them to serious injury and even death in some instances. Dr. Solomon emphasizes that veterinary-approved dental treats, diets, chews and water additives are more effective and safer choices when it comes to oral care for dogs. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Update: Ore. dog ownership dispute settled
    An Oregon dog at the center of a months-long ownership battle has been returned to his original owner. Jordan Biggs, the woman who found the lost dog and kept him after reported attempts to find the owner, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft, must relinquish the dog and has to perform community service. Biggs also cannot come near the animal again. Sam Hanson-Fleming regains ownership of the dog, originally named Chase. ABC News (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Don't hire a radiologist to catch a gorilla
    More than four out of five radiologists in a study failed to spot an image of a gorilla inserted into a lung scan that they scrutinized for signs of cancer. The finding highlights people's tendency to ignore unexpected data when focusing their attention on tough challenges, researchers say. National Public Radio/Shots blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Deadline for Future Leaders applications is Feb. 18
    Do you know a colleague with leadership potential in the veterinary profession? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills so you can take an active role in the future of the AVMA and organized veterinary medicine? The AVMA is continuing the success of the year-long Future Leaders Program for 2013-2014 with a goal to identify and develop volunteer leaders for the AVMA and other organized veterinary groups. Working with a professional facilitator, 10 participants will take part in various leadership and project management training exercises, and collaborate on one focused project impacting organized veterinary medicine and in alignment with AVMA's Strategic Goals. Nominations for AVMA's Future Leaders Program are due Feb. 18. Learn more about AVMA's Future Leaders Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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