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Vet helps police K9s: “Highlight of my career”

Source: KOIN 6

(November 19, 2015) PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police dogs, just like human officers, are often put into dangerous situations. A Vancouver Police dog lost his life in September and a Portland K9 was killed in the line of duty a year ago. Now, one local veterinarian is going above and beyond to make sure police K9s stay safe while on duty.

Dr. Libby Hawkins of Gabriel Park Vet Clinic started assembling first aid safety kits for police dogs in Tigard. She now distributes them to police agencies across the state...

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Kellogg: All cage-free eggs by 2025

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

(October 29, 2015) Kellogg Co. plans to expand its animal welfare efforts by sourcing only cage-free eggs and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of 2025, the company said Thursday.

The Battle Creek-based food company uses eggs in several of its food offerings, including Eggo frozen breakfast foods and MorningStar Farms frozen vegetable food brands. The company said it also purchases "a small amount of pork" for use in its frozen breakfast sandwiches...

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Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians

Source: JAVMA

(October 15, 2015) Read the results of a study that evaluated the prevalence of suicide risk factors, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians.

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Arizona university installs state of the art 'Haptic Cow and Horse'

Source: FarmingUK

(September 24, 2015) Midwestern University in Arizona has recently installed both the Haptic Cow and Horse in its new College of Veterinary Medicine to help make their students “Day One Ready”.

Both training systems employ haptics to simulate an animal’s internal organs and were developed by Prof Sarah Baillie of The University of Bristol and are marketed and supported worldwide by Virtalis, the leading Virtual Reality and visualisation company...

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California livestock drug bill set for Assembly hearing

Source: The Siskiyou Daily News

(August 25, 2015) A Senate bill currently before the California State Assembly could require livestock owners to obtain a prescription before administering certain drugs to their animals. Introduced by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Senate Bill 27 would, starting on Jan. 1, 2018, prohibit the administration of “medically important” anti-microbial drugs to livestock unless ordered by a licensed veterinarian through a prescription or veterinary feed directive...

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Legislation helps ensure integrity, economic future of Thoroughbred racing

Source: Kentucky.com

(August 17, 2015) When I was elected to Congress, I dedicated my service to becoming a champion for the signature industries of Kentucky. No industry is more synonymous with our commonwealth than Thoroughbred breeding and horse racing, which has long been a source of jobs and opportunity for the people of Kentucky...

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Vets call for complete ban on wild animal acts in circuses across Europe

Source: Express

(August 5, 2015) VETS across Europe have called for an outright ban on lions and tigers performing in circuses.

It has call for: “All European and national competent authorities to prohibit the use of wild mammals in travelling circuses across Europe since there is by no means the possibility that their physiological, mental and social requirements can adequately be met.”...

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