Veterinary lab enables Cornell's COVID-19 surveillance | Nev. veterinarians brace for RHDV2 | Spay, neuter clinic waitlist ballooned as pandemic set in
August 6, 2020
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Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine will contribute to a campus COVID-19 surveillance plan by processing samples in the university's Animal Health Diagnostic Center, which received approval from New York state to do so. The university plans to test people upon arrival to campus as well as upon onset of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19, while also conducting regular surveillance testing.
Full Story: The Cornell Daily Sun (Cornell University) (8/4) 
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Nev. veterinarians brace for RHDV2
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Because of rabbits' ecosystem roles, rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 is of concern even in areas like Nevada that have healthy lagomorph populations. Nevada Department of Wildlife veterinarian Nate LaHue says the state is monitoring wild populations after one case was confirmed in the state in June, and state veterinarian Amy Mitchell urges owners of domestic rabbits to prioritize biosecurity to keep their pets safe.
Full Story: Las Vegas Review-Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/5) 
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The Pet Community Center in Nashville, Tenn., has a waiting list of about 900 cats scheduled for spay and neuter surgeries -- the first time the center has had any type of backlog since opening its clinics in 2014. The facility was closed for nine weeks, and after reopening had to maintain safe conditions for staff, complicating efforts to catch up.
Full Story: USA Today/Nashville Tennessean (8/5) 
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A horned, herbivorous dinosaur known as Centrosaurus apertus had an advanced case of osteosarcoma, according to findings from a fossilized fibula, and the discovery suggests "dinosaurs were not only afflicted by bone cancer but probably all sorts of other cancers that we see in vertebrates today," says paleontologist David Evans. The study, reported in the Lancet Oncology, relied on high-resolution CT and 3D CT reconstruction to examine the bone, but the authors say the location of the fossil suggests the animal was killed by a flood, not cancer.
Full Story: National Public Radio (8/4),  HealthDay News (8/4) 
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Horses tend to conceal illness, so signs that they are sick can be subtle, according to veterinarian Elizabeth Davis of Kansas State University, who says a change in eating habits can be a prime indicator that something is wrong. Texas A&M University veterinary resident Kari Bevevino says defecation changes and a quieter-than-usual demeanor can also signal problems, along with lethargy and other unusual behavior, Dr. Davis says.
Full Story: The Horse (8/4) 
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Animal News
Dairy cows form bonds by grooming, study finds
Social grooming strengthens bonds between dairy cows, and age, social rank and repeated grooming between the same animals play a role in those bonds, researchers report in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. The team studied 38 cows at a Chilean agricultural research station, and said the findings underscore the value of monitoring herd interactions and investigating when social grooming declines.
Full Story: United Press International (8/4) 
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Inviting input from direct reports is good for them and for the business, writes Ken Blanchard. "The positive results are two-fold: The employee has more job satisfaction and the organization benefits from the employee's knowledge," he writes.
Full Story: How We Lead blog (8/5) 
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AVMA Today
On Aug. 22, prior to the closing session of AVMA Virtual Convention 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will deliver a special message to all attendees with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how veterinarians and AVMA members have stepped up during this unprecedented time. Visit the AVMA Convention website to learn more and register.
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