Senate passes crucial veterinary mobility bill

Source: AVMA @ Work

(January 9, 2014) The Senate passed a key piece of legislation late yesterday that impacts many veterinarians in the nation–the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171). This commonsense legislation will allow veterinarians the ability to provide complete care to their animal patients beyond their clinics...

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Thirty-one students complete Maddie's Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Source: News-Medical.net

(January 9, 2014) Thirty-one veterinarians and veterinary students have just completed the Maddie's® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine. These new certificate holders are now the first in the world to complete the fully online program offered by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

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20/20 Segment on Veterinarians Stirs Controversy

Source: DogChannel.com

(January 2, 2014) The segment, reported by ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, featured allegations by former Canadian veterinarian Dr. Andrew Jones that some vets in the U.S. and Canada sell unnecessary shots, tests and procedures to pet owners.

Veterinarians across the U.S. reacted with outrage, posting comments on social media sites. Some surmised that it was a typical sensational broadcast intended to drive ratings during the November "sweeps month." ...

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Meeeoooow! USDA finds corn could be purr-fect in your cat’s litter box

Source: Des Moine Register

(December 17, 2013) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found a way to a way to make cat littler that is almost fully degradable.

The department’s Agricultural Research Service found that using spent corn called dried distiller’s grain DDGs may prove to be more environmentally friendly than popular but nonbiodegradable, clay-based litters that mostly end up in landfills...

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Within prison walls: Veterinary students in Louisiana are training inmates in shelter animal care

Source: JAVMA

(November 20, 2013) Alexis Solis removes her stethoscope and leans her head close to Lady Red, a 5 1/2-year-old Beagle. Jason Broom, a prisoner at Dixon Correctional Institute, watches from across an examination table in the prison’s animal shelter as Solis, a veterinary student, listens to wheezing when the Beagle inhales. During the examination, he describes the treatment regimen he has been giving Lady Red for heartworm infection, anterior uveitis of unknown origin in the dog’s remaining eye, and digestive difficulties...

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The growing antibiotic crisis: Subtherapeutic use on factory farms is creating drug-resistant superbugs

Source: The Buffalo News

(December 1, 2013) Penicillin was mass-produced for the first time during World War II, when pharmaceutical companies were enlisted by the federal government to fight life-threatening infections, then a leading cause of death at home and on the battlefield.

Buffalo native Lauren Belfer wrote about those times – when a knee scrape could become a life-threatening infection – in her critically acclaimed 2010 novel, “A Fierce Radiance.” What Belfer learned while researching antibiotics has her worried about their effectiveness in the future...

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Student to transfer after animal abuse allegations at GRU

Source: Aiken Standard

(November 25, 2013) In the wake of an undercover investigation that revealed alleged animal cruelty at the Georgia Regents University dental school, an Aiken County resident has decided she will no longer study there and is taking action to make others aware of the issue...

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No Kill No Problem: The Story of Austin Pets Alive!

Source: The Huffington Post

(November 11, 2013) When Ellen Jefferson graduated from veterinary school in the 1990s her main goal was simply to help animals in need. She began by volunteering her services at the Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC) in Austin TX in 1998. At the time this city shelter had a dismal kill rate of 85 percent. Day after day, Jefferson saw dogs and cats put to sleep-many of them healthy and highly adoptable- simply because of a lack of space and resources. When she saw a mother dog and every one of her newborn puppies euthanized, Jefferson decided there just had to be a better way to handle this situation...

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