Seymour Veterinary Hospital in northeastern Wisconsin has had an opening for another veterinarian since 2017, says owner Jammie VerGiesen, one of the few veterinarians who offer large-animal care within a 50-mile radius, and suggests clients schedule exams at least a month in advance. The USDA designated 221 areas in 48 states as veterinary shortage areas this year and is accepting nominations for areas in 2022 until Nov. 8, according to the AVMA.
A canine vaccine for coccidioidomycosis, or Valley fever, is being tested at the University of Arizona and might be on the market within two years, says lead investigator John Galgiani, who also hopes to adapt the vaccine for human use. The vaccine protected dogs in the study from severe illness, and veterinarian Jennifer Wilcox says having a vaccine "will be real game changer."
Four reindeer at Minnesota Zoo died of epizootic hemorrhagic disease last year, but none has died this year, which may be thanks to a vaccine the zoo is testing in reindeer, bison, moose and pronghorns. Veterinarian Alex McFarland says lab work will show whether the vaccine induced antibodies to the midge-borne virus or if the animals already had naturally occurring resistance.
Ongoing parasite prevention as well as annual blood work and dental care go a long way toward keeping pets healthy and preventing severe disease, says veterinarian Werdah Iqbal. Spaying and neutering reduce the number of unwanted pets as well as risks for cancer, says Dr. Iqbal
Two dogs mortally wounded deer in separate incidents in Jefferson County, Colo., recently, and the state Parks and Wildlife department issued a reminder that owners can be fined for allowing dogs to indulge their predatory instincts. Owners can be fined $274 for allowing a pet to harass wildlife and $959 for deer and $1,370 for elk killed or mortally wounded by a pet.
Texas Tech University's School of Veterinary Medicine is partnering with Meals on Wheels of Amarillo to deliver dog and cat food each month to help clients keep their pets. Veterinary services may be added to the AniMeals program in the future.
Siblings and veterinary students Annie and Ali Pankowski have developed a software-as-a-service platform called Transfur for veterinarians to share and review medical records, potentially saving time before evaluation exams.
What does your practice do when someone brings in a sick or injured wild animal? What about calls pertaining to wildlife? Does everyone on staff know where to find the contact information for the wildlife authorities in your area? AVMA's Wildlife Decision Tree serves as a guide for practices to assist them in navigating the complexities associated with treating wildlife species or their hybrids. View AVMA's Wildlife Decision Tree.
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