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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Doctors, veterinarians share ideas for treating medical problems in humans, animals

Source: The Washington Post

(November 1, 2013) NEW YORK — What do Siberian tigers and post-menopausal women have in common? That is among the questions related to fighting diseases affecting both animals and people that physicians and veterinarians are teaming up to explore at a conference in New York on Saturday...

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Hillsborough shelter not accepting dogs due to viruses

Source: The Tampa Tribune

(November 4, 2013) TAMPA — No new dogs are being accepted at the Hillsborough County animal shelter except under emergency circumstances due to an outbreak of two new – for this area – upper respiratory viruses.

Animal Services Director Ian Hallett said at a news conference today that dogs will be accepted only if they are dangerous, sick or wounded, or have bitten someone until the virus has run its course in the kennels. No dogs will be euthanized during that period, which Hallett estimated will take about two weeks...

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Veterinarians Say Health Law's Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets

Source: NPR

(October 8, 2013) Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients — most of whom are uninsured. None of Aspros' patients, though, will benefit from the Affordable Care Act's expansion of coverage. Aspros, you see, treats dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, parrots and other small animals at his veterinary center in Pound Ridge, N.Y. ...

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Study shines spotlight on neutering: Assumptions about a mainstay of companion animal practice are called into question

Source: JAVMA

(October 16, 2013) Earlier this year, a study out of the University of California-Davis showed higher rates of certain cancers and musculoskeletal disorders among neutered Golden Retrievers, compared with rates among sexually intact Goldens. The findings challenge what is essentially an article of faith within the U.S. veterinary profession: Thou shalt spay or castrate cats and dogs [NOTE: the HSVMA September webinar on recent spay/neuter research is highlighted in this article]...

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Veterinarian argues declawing cats is too 'painful'

Source: 9News

(September 24, 2013) KUSA - On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., the Denver Film Society's SIE Film Center will screen a documentary produced by Paw Project founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad.

The documentary is educational, not graphic and was produced to increase awareness of the cruelty that is tacitly condoned by the largest veterinary professional organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association...

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Outlaw the Declaw? One Veterinarian Weighs In

Source: Embrace Pet Insurance

(September 24, 2013) Today’s telephone inquiry impressed me as much for its unapologetic cluelessness as for its subject matter. It was the first time in at least a couple of years someone’s asked me whether I’d be willing to remove the claws from a cat’s hind feet too...

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