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April 12, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Cornell is bracing for many veterinary faculty retirements
    Over the next decade, 30% to 40% of the faculty at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine will likely be retiring, creating challenges for the school. Regarding new hiring, pathology professor Dr. Alexander Nikitin said, "You want an influx of new minds who have more energy and more input, but at the same time, many of the old faculty are essential to the teaching experience and are extremely productive." The Cornell Daily Sun (Cornell University) (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dog undergoes old procedure with state-of-the-art results
    When veterinarians diagnosed Blueberry, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, with atlantoaxial luxation and corresponding spinal cord hemorrhage, they knew the standard surgical treatments would be difficult given his tiny stature. Instead, they surgically placed a Kishigami atlantoaxial tension band, devised 25 years ago by a Japanese veterinarian but not often used. The technique proved to provide a near-perfect repair for Blueberry. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supply of veterinarians may outpace demand in Iowa
    Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently increased its class sizes and is getting more applicants, but practitioners in the state say there isn't a need for large growth in the number of veterinarians due to low job availability. Others believe that nationwide, baby boomers' retirements will open up private practice jobs, and large-animal veterinarians are in demand, as are those in careers including public health, disease control, and animal and food safety, says Tom Johnson, executive director of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. The Daily Iowan (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: No long-term ill effects from radiation on wildlife
    British scientists recently found that birds near Chernobyl were not negatively affected in the long term by the radiation from the nuclear disaster due to the birds' antioxidant mechanisms. In fact, since humans evacuated the area and have not returned, many wildlife populations are surging, with no apparent radiation-related problems. TG Daily (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Summer brings the threat of heatstroke in dogs
    Heatstroke can cause serious illness and even death in dogs, warns veterinarian Kim Donovan, and certain parameters can increase the likelihood of heatstroke, including being a brachycephalic breed, exercising in heat and being left in a parked car, even on a relatively cool day. Immersing an animal in cool water, rather than in freezing cold ice water, is the best means to quickly lower body temperature, but veterinary care should also be sought immediately. Tampa Bay Newspapers (Seminole, Fla.) (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fleas and ticks pose several health risks for pets
    The warmer weather has veterinarians warning owners that fleas and ticks will be out in full force and can cause serious health problems for pets. The pests can suck enough blood, if their numbers are high enough, to make an animal anemic, and the saliva from even one flea can trigger an allergic reaction that involves the animal's entire skin. WFXL-TV (Albany, Ga.) (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AVMA calls for stronger rules to end abusive soring practice
    AVMA has joined the Department of Agriculture and other groups in a call for stronger regulations and stepped-up enforcement to end the painful practice of "soring" on gaited horses. The illegal practice involves using chemicals, broken glass or too-tight metal hoof bands to force horses to lift their legs faster and higher. "It is going to take a team effort to put an end to the inhumane practice of soring horses, so America's veterinarians stand in support of government regulators and the walking horse industry in their horse protection efforts," said AVMA President Dr. Rene Carlson. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.)/PR Newswire/News release (free registration) (4/11), Horse Talk (New Zealand) (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Soring horses: unethical practice making horses suffer
    When someone deliberately causes pain to artificially exaggerate the leg motion of a horse's gait, it's called soring. The practice is commonly used on "big lick" Tennessee Walking Horses, but other gaited horses may also suffer from this practice. Regardless of whether soring is done using chemicals or physical methods, it's unethical and illegal. It has always been unethical, and it's been illegal since 1970 ... but it continues. Want to learn more about soring and how to stop it? View AVMA's resources on horse soring. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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