February 01, 2011

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Academia

Program will open in 2011-2012 school year posted January 18, 2011 Dr. Angela King (ISU '09) artificially inseminates a sow during her fourth year of veterinary college at Iowa State University. The country's first veterinary college program focused on swine health and production is now being established at ISU. Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine will be the first in the United States to establish a program focused specifically on swine medicine. The plan received approval from the Iowa Board of Regents Dec. 9. The Swine Medicine Education Center will be dedicated to providing veterinary students and practicing veterinarians from across the United States and around the world with extensive hands-on experience and education ...

AVMA News

posted January 18, 2011 The AVMA continues to accept applications for the Association's 2011-2012 Congressional Science Fellowship Program. The deadline is Feb. 11, 2011. AVMA fellows serve for one year in Washington, D.C., as scientific advisers to members of Congress. They play pivotal roles in shaping and influencing legislation affecting the veterinary profession and the health and safety of the nation. Held in conjunction with fellowships offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the AVMA fellowships run from the last week in August 2011 until August 2012. The AVMA provides fellows with a stipend to offset the cost of living in Washington, D.C., as well as reimbursement for certain expenses incurred during the ...

Companion Animals

posted January 18, 2011 A problem does exist with lack of efficacy of heartworm preventives, according to a panel of representatives from the American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal Parasite Council, but the scope and severity of the problem are unclear. "Most credible reports of lack of efficacy that are not attributable to compliance failure are geographically limited at this time," according to the panel report. "The extent of this problem is obscured by demonstrated lack of owner and veterinary compliance, possible changes in environmental/vector factors, and newer, more effective antigen testing for heartworms, all of which contribute to what is interpreted to be a lack of efficacy." The panel of representat ...

Public Health

posted January 18, 2011 Hospitalizations for dog bites in the United States jumped 86 percent over a 16-year period, according to a recent government analysis. This past December the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced the total number of people hospitalized because of dog bite-related injures had increased from 5,100 in 1993 to 9,500 in 2008. Also in the report, "Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008," the AHRQ estimates that dog bites resulted in 316,000 emergency department visits in 2008. These findings translate into an average of 866 emergency department visits and 26 hospitalizations for dog bite injuries every day during 2008, acc ...

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Wildlife

posted January 18, 2011 A federally funded study will produce the first comprehensive measurements of elephant well-being and identify management changes that improve elephant welfare. A three-year, first-of-its-kind study commenced in December for the purpose of producing data that will be used to determine best practices in zoo elephant management. The study, Using Science to Understand Elephant Welfare, is supported by an $816,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will involve the entire population of 290 elephants housed in institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Benchmarks produced by the study, being overseen by the Honolulu Zoo, could potentially affect accreditation standards for a ...