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October 21, 2011
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Scientists close in on Hendra vaccine
    U.S.-based researchers say the vaccine they've created to fight the Hendra virus, which can be transmitted from horses to humans, has proved effective on monkeys and will now be tested in human trials. The disease has killed four people and 34 horses in Australia since 1994. The Australian (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pigs could become organ donors for humans, researchers say
    The demand for organs is much greater than the supply, and scientists have been working to perfect options including genetically modifying pigs to eliminate the factors that cause rejection. Some pigs have already been modified to stop producing a protein that would cause rejection, say researchers writing in The Lancet this week, but there are further modifications to make and it's likely such "xenotransplants" are still a few years away. BBC (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siberian tiger receives root canal in revamped operating room
    Anchorage endodontist Doug Luiten made a house call to the Alaska Zoo this week to perform a root canal on a 7-year-old Siberian tiger. The procedure took place in recently opened operating room, which was outfitted with a new table that features hydraulic lift and fold-out leaves for animals' limbs and tails. Procedures such as this one were previously performed in an animal's exhibit. Associated Press (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ancestors' behavior could increase longevity
    Behavior that results in mutations to a specific gene sequence may result in longer lifespans for several succeeding generations, according to researchers who studied several generations of worms. "It is well known that aging is regulated by genes that we inherit from our parents, and it is also well known that aging is regulated by the environment. But maybe aging is also regulated by what our parents and grandparents did during their lifespan," said genetics researcher Anne Brunet. The Scientist blog (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • How to find the right veterinarian for your pets
    Finding a new veterinarian for your pets after moving to a new town takes a bit of legwork, which starts with visiting several practices and evaluating each, including looking at how the office is organized, how the staff interacts with you and your pet, as well as how comfortable you are with the practitioner, writes veterinarian Lee Pickett. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • S.C. senator to propose exotic animal bill
    The release and subsequent killing of about 50 exotic animals in Ohio this week spurred South Carolina state Sen. David Thomas to reintroduce a bill to limit importation and sale of nonindigenous animals. South Carolina and Ohio are among the 12 states that don't regulate exotic animal ownership. "We really do need a bill to keep it under control and limit them to only professionals who are qualified to take care of them and not release them into the wild," Thomas said. WSPA-TV (Spartanburg, S.C.) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Does your dog need a flu shot?
    Unlike core vaccines for rabies, parvo and distemper, the canine influenza vaccine is considered a lifestyle vaccine, says Dr. Kimberly May, AVMA assistant director, department of professional and public affairs. Dogs that spend time around other canines at kennels, boarding facilities, day care and dog parks are most at risk of catching the flu, which presents with symptoms including lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose and eyes, and a cough. (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AVMA responds to exotic animal tragedy in Ohio
    Animal groups including AVMA urged lawmakers this week to restrict ownership of exotic animals after a man in Ohio released more than 50 big cats and other animals and sheriff's deputies had to kill most of them. Since 2006, AVMA has encouraged lawmakers to ban private ownership of wild and exotic animals, except for recognized research and conservation programs. (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Preventing obesity in pets
    Obesity is one of the most common preventable health problems in pets. It's estimated that 40 percent of all dogs and cats in America are overweight. In AVMA's latest video, Dr. C. A. Tony Buffington, professor of clinical nutrition in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, gives easy to understand advice to pet owners on how to keep pets trim and healthy. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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