Horse model with inflatable latex intestines helps train vets

Source: Wired.co.uk

(April 3, 2013) The University of Edinburgh has acquired a life-sized anatomical model of a horse, complete with latex intestines, that can be used to simulate the common and deadly condition of equine colic.

The Equine Colic Simulator model will help students at the University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies to familiarise themselves with the condition, which causes abdominal pain and is the leading cause of premature death in horses. Students will learn to assess the condition by performing an internal examination of the horse's intestines and sampling for free fluid in their abdomen...

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How Cute Animal Videos Could Help Science

Source: LiveScience

(March 15, 2013) The Internet is a friendly place for cute and weird animal behaviors caught on camera, from foxes jumping on trampolines to dogs playing with deer. But beyond entertaining the masses, these amateur viral videos sometimes document behaviors that are rarely seen, and they could help scientists understand how species interact with each other, some researchers say...

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Is Your Cat a Lion at Heart?

Source: Huffington Post UK

(March 18, 2013) Have you ever wondered why your pet cat rubs up against your legs, kneads your thighs with its forepaws or sleeps on top of a wardrobe? These, and many other behaviours, can be attributed to the tiger lurking within your pet tigger...

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Feline predation study ruffles feathers

Source: DVM360

(March 5, 2013) Headlines such as "'Stone-cold serial killers': Domestic cats slaughter billions upon billions of animals in U.S. every year" and "Hello Kitty! Please Don’t Kill Me!" prompted quick rebukes by organizations including CATalyst Council, Alley Cat Allies and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). Allusions to "killer cats" were plentiful after "The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States" study was published in the online journal Nature Communications earlier this year...

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High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets

Source: The New York Times

(February 23, 2013) HAYLEY SCHAFER chose her dream job at the age of 5. Three years later, her grandmother told her that if she wrote it down, the dream would come true. So she found a piece of blue construction paper and scrawled on it with a pencil: “Veterianian.” “No one told me how to spell it,” she remembers. “They just said, ‘Sound it out.’ ” ...

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Mouse Model of Sepsis Challenged

Source: Science-Based Medicine

(February 13, 2013) A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calls into question the standard mouse model of sepsis, trauma, and infection. The research is an excellent example of how proper science investigates its own methods.

Mouse and other animal models are essential to biomedical research. The goal is to find a specific animal model of a human disease and then conduct preliminary research on the animal model in order to determine which research is promising enough to study in humans. There are also non-animal assays and “test tube” type research that is used to screen potential treatments, but scientists still prefer a good animal model.

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Shelters and veterinarians: The problem with cats

Source: DVM360

(January 1, 2013) Too many felines are surrendered to animal shelters or abandoned. A new survey checks in on animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinarians to find new ways they can work together...

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Cats Take on Owners' Habits (Good and Bad)

Source: Discovery News

(January 16, 2013) Cats really do become part of our families, to the point that they take on human habits -- good and bad -- and adapt their lifestyle with that of their owners, says new research...

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