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February 26, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • U. of Ariz. plans could include 3-year veterinary program
    Some at the University of Arizona, including College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean and veterinarian Shane Burgess, want to institute a veterinary program that will fast-track promising students into a three-year, year-round veterinary curriculum. The hope is that such a program would alleviate some educational debt load and groom veterinarians for large-animal medicine. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarians explore hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    Some veterinarians are introducing hyperbaric oxygen chambers to their clinics in an effort to improve healing for animals with traumatic injuries and infections, and the results are promising, albeit anecdotal. The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has used its hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat numerous species and plans to conduct a study to determine whether the chambers benefit animals. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Farmer turns wood byproducts into feed
    When cattle feed was scarce in the 1970s, farmer Bob Batey noticed cattle eating sawdust runoff from a nearby mill, and he concocted a means to break down wood into edible byproducts to use as an affordable, environmentally friendly feed. Today, Batey has resurrected and revamped the process, saying his method can provide badly needed cattle feed in the midst of drought. Experts disagree on the nutritional value of his wood-based feed, but veterinarian Tara Wellman-Gerdes reports Batey's 50-head herd of cattle is doing well. "They are a happy bunch of cattle," Dr. Wellman-Gerdes said. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penguin chicks are victims of vampire bats
    A team filming in the Atacama Desert in southern Peru has captured video of vampire bats feeding on penguins. The bats can expose penguin chicks to infectious diseases including rabies and cause blood loss in the birds, harming their health. Discovery (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Attention cat owners: Dog owners do this better
    According to the AVMA's U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, 90% of dog owners recognize the vital importance of regular, preventive care for pets, while only 75% of cat owners responded the same way. Combine that with the approximately 20 million cats who only get veterinary care if they are ill, and it's a prescription for disease and poor quality of life for millions of cats, writes veterinarian Lorie Huston. Dr. Huston points out that routine veterinary care can help identify disease early in cats, who often hide their symptoms, and such proactive care actually costs less in the long run because it saves on emergency and critical care costs. PetMD.com/The Daily Vet blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infographic: The high costs of pet dental disease
    By age 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have developed signs of oral disease, according to the AVMA, and the condition has important health implications while carrying economic costs. According to this infographic from VPI Pet Insurance, money spent by policyholders on dental conditions is rising, but owners can save money through preventive care. HellaWella (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AVMA: Celebrating 150 years of education, science and service
    The AVMA turns 150 years old in 2013, and it's time to celebrate! We've got events planned throughout the year, and we hope you'll join us as we look back at the advancements made in the past 150 years and look forward to what the next 150 years will bring. Visit AVMA's 150th Anniversary Web page for links and more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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