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December 24, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Researchers say sneak attack kills cancer in mice
    A therapy that sneaks cancer-targeting viruses into tumor tissue by hiding them in white blood cells eliminated prostate cancer in mice, according to researchers at the University of Sheffield in England. In the experiment, mice were injected with the cells two days after chemotherapy, when white blood cells are swarming to repair tissue damaged by chemotherapy. In the new therapeutic approach, the virus replicates, rapidly resulting in tumor eradication in all the treated mice. Experts called the work "groundbreaking" but noted the approach may not work in humans. BBC (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinary school offers chemotherapy for pets
    Veterinarians at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have administered chemotherapy to about 70 animals since launching an oncology program six weeks ago. Four-year-old Burmese mountain dog Dylan's lymph nodes are back to normal after chemotherapy to treat his lymphoma, says veterinary oncologist Shawna Klahn. "What we have done is bring in a closed or a needless system and updated the safe way of giving chemotherapy," she said. WSLS-TV (Roanoke, Va.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • How to handle a dog with OCD tendencies
    Up to 3% of dogs have obsessive-compulsive disorder, an anxiety disorder seen more frequently in some purebred dogs and exacerbated by stress, writes veterinarian Francine Rattner. Dogs that exhibit behaviors such as tail chasing or constant licking may have the condition, although Dr. Rattner says it's important to have the animal evaluated to ensure there is not an underlying medical issue. Exercising the dog and removing the sources of stress may help, according to Dr. Rattner. The Capital (Annapolis, Md.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Around the Office 
  • How to lead like Santa
    There's a lot that business leaders can learn from the example set by Santa Claus, writes Lindsay Olson of Paradigm Staffing. You can take a page out of Santa's book by doing extensive planning, offering positive feedback to your employees and focusing on keeping your workers happy. "Slave driving never got long-term positive results, so consider how to make your work environment one that your staff wants to come to each day," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Colo. could require canine life jackets at care facilities
    A division of the Colorado Agriculture Department is considering new rules that would require life jackets on dogs that have access to pools beyond a certain depth at day care and boarding facilities. The measure also would mandate the presence of at least one lifeguard. Some animal care professionals say the rules would raise costs and are excessive, while state officials maintain the issue needs to be addressed after cases of canine drownings at such facilities. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Reindeer ready for takeoff
    AVMA President Dr. Doug Aspros reports that Santa's reindeer are in top condition for their holiday flight tonight. "It's important that they don't have any diseases they could give to other animals during their trip around the world," Dr. Aspros said. Detroit Free Press (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Pet safety for the holidays
    The holiday season is upon us, and while we humans revel in the food, decorations, and celebrations of the season, they can be very frightening, if not downright dangerous, for our pets. In this AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Bernadine Cruz, a small animal veterinarian in Laguna Woods, Calif., discusses ways to ensure your pet's health and safety during the holidays. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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