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March 6, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Veterinary medicine's central role in public health
    Veterinarians are known by most as compassionate practitioners of animal medicine, an important role, but veterinarian Joan Hendricks explains that they are also uniquely poised for crucial roles in public health. Veterinarians are the only medical professionals comprehensively trained in comparative medicine and human-animal interactions, she writes, and they have a deep background in infectious disease. This contributes to treatments for humans, solutions to global hunger, improved food safety and production, and surveillance and prevention of potentially devastating infectious diseases. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Monkeys make decisions based on social inference, study suggests
    According to a recent study, capuchin monkeys' social interactions may be partly rooted in a process called social inference, also observed in human infants and chimpanzees. Animals in the study tended to accept treats from people they observed helping others open a jar while avoiding treats offered by those who were able to help but refused. "Explicit refusal to help is a signal that you're dangerous, that you're negative," said developmental psychologist Kiley Hamlin. Nature (free content) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Map your cat: Interactive tool links felines around the world
    Feline lovers around the world are invited to add their cats to a new Cat Map. The Zoological Society of London is using the Cat Map to promote a new zoo exhibit featuring two endangered Sumatran tigers. The exhibit opens later this month, but the Cat Map is live now, allowing people to search, learn about and add to the collection of information about the world's cats. FastCoCreate (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green household products may not be entirely safe for animals
    Green cleaning products are gaining popularity, but owners should know that even environmentally friendly products may pose threats to pet health. "People expose their animals without even realizing the risk," said Karl Jandrey, an emergency and critical care veterinarian at the University of California, Davis' Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Veterinarian Camille DeClementi, a senior toxicologist with the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, said any product with a warning for children isn't appropriate for pets and recommended keeping animals away from any cleaning activity. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Draw attention to your work with a good press release
    A good press release can boost your search-engine optimization, drive traffic to your site and potentially result in media coverage. Get yours noticed by using a professional, objective tone and focusing on important events such as business milestones or new services, writes Maryalene LaPonsie. Look for ways to distribute your releases through online and offline channels, she writes. Small Business Computing (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Antibiotics: An important tool to protect public health, experts say
    Antibiotics are important for managing animal health and decreasing pain and suffering while helping to prevent foodborne illness, according to members of the Coalition for Animal Health including the AVMA, who recently briefed congressional staffers on the role antibiotics play in protecting animal and human health. Veterinarians Dr. Christine Hoang of the AVMA, Dr. Scott Hurd of Iowa State University and Dr. Rich Carnevale of the Animal Health Institute were among the presenters. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • One health: Bridging humans, animals and the environment
    Animals and people share the environment and myriad infectious diseases and other health problems, and the AVMA's founding role in the One Health Commission highlights that connection. This story links to a podcast featuring One Health Commission CEO Dr. Roger Mahr, a veterinarian and past president of the AVMA, and Vallie Szymanski, co-founder and executive director of Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness, as they explain the initiative. Dale's Pet World blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AVMA euthanasia guidelines now available in ebook reading formats
    The AVMA recently released its updated euthanasia guidelines, intended for use by members of the veterinary profession who carry out or oversee the euthanasia of animals. In addition to being available for download as a PDF from the AVMA website, the guidelines are now available for your Kindle, Nook, or a number of other ebook formats from Smashwords. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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