Poisoned Wildlife and Tainted Meat: Why Hunters Are Moving Away From Lead Bullets

Source: New York Times

(November 24, 2018) Many hunters are ditching traditional ammunition amid mounting evidence that it harms scavengers and pollutes the food people eat. Across the country, state wildlife agencies have tried a range of tactics to encourage hunters to switch from lead ammunition. Yet many hunters are reluctant to stop using lead bullets. They cite a range of reasons, from being unaware of the potential health threat or harm to scavenger animals, to having a stockpile of traditional ammunition they do not want to waste. Indeed, regulating lead ammunition has long been a hot-button point of contention among both conservationists and hunters...Read more»

 

New animal welfare course launched for veterinary medicine students

Source: Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

(November 27, 2018) Every fall, new veterinary students at Colorado State University and other colleges across the country recite this solemn pledge as they begin their four-year education. The oath was revised in 2010 to recognize animal welfare — defined as how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives — as an integral part of the veterinary profession. Colorado State now requires that students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program take an animal welfare class as part of the curriculum...Read more»

 

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Source: The Spokesman-Review

(November 13, 2018) Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the free health screening and vaccination clinic put on Friday by the WSU College of Nursing and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout the day, students in the nursing and veterinary programs teamed up to administer vaccinations to pets and owners alike, and to treat fleas and other simple impairments...Read more»

 

Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?

Source: The Guardian

(October 30, 2018) We like to think fish have no feelings. And yet the idea that they have both memory and a capacity for suffering is gaining ground among scientists. The impression that fish are insensate, short of memory and, therefore, can be caught, killed and eaten without guilt, is being revisited....Read more»

 

New animal shelter being built near LSU's vet school promises better care, more adoptions

Source: The Advocate

(October 21, 2018) The dogs, cats and other wildlife captured by East Baton Rouge Parish animal control officers, or surrendered by the public, will soon head to a new shelter where they can be treated and readied for adoption. Companion Animal Alliance, the nonprofit animal advocacy group that has run the city-parish animal shelter since 2011, is set to relocate from its current facility near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport into a new building near the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. It's a move officials say will not only mean better animal care but also serve as a more inviting place for the public to visit when they are looking for a pet to adopt...Read more»

 

Community cats program benefits cats and veterinary students

Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

(October 20, 2018) The partnership between a local animal care organization and Midwestern University has benefited nearly 800 cats in the community. Community cats are not just feral cats but also cats that have been lost or abandoned by their owners. The animals are humanely trapped, taken to a veterinarian for a health check, vaccinations, wound care and to be spayed or neutered prior to being returned to their outdoor home...Read more»

 

Many veterinarians have ethical qualms about what some pet owners ask them to do

Source: Mother Nature Network

(October 17, 2018) There are great days for veterinarians when puppies and kittens come in for their first exams and when pets bounce in, recovered from life-threatening injuries and illnesses. But sandwiched in between the happy times are heartrending moments. Sometimes an owner decides to put a pet to sleep because they can't — or won't — pay for treatment. Or there's the other extreme: An owner opts to keep prolonging treatment when the animal is suffering and won't get better. A new study looks at this "moral distress" among veterinarians....Read more»

 

Study tackles nonprofit spay-neuter clinic controversy

Source: Veterinary Practice News

(September 18, 2018) Most pets seen in nonprofit spay-neuter clinics belong to low-income families and do not receive regular veterinary care, according to a study published Sept. 15 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The study, which surveyed 3,768 owners of 2,154 dogs and 1,902 cats admitted to 22 nonprofit spay-neuter clinics across the United States in a nine-month period, showed nonprofit spay-neuter clinics predominantly serve low-income clients, animals lacking regular veterinary care, shelter animals, and community cats...Read more»

 
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