High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets

Source: The New York Times

(February 23, 2013) HAYLEY SCHAFER chose her dream job at the age of 5. Three years later, her grandmother told her that if she wrote it down, the dream would come true. So she found a piece of blue construction paper and scrawled on it with a pencil: “Veterianian.” “No one told me how to spell it,” she remembers. “They just said, ‘Sound it out.’ ” ...

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Mouse Model of Sepsis Challenged

Source: Science-Based Medicine

(February 13, 2013) A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calls into question the standard mouse model of sepsis, trauma, and infection. The research is an excellent example of how proper science investigates its own methods.

Mouse and other animal models are essential to biomedical research. The goal is to find a specific animal model of a human disease and then conduct preliminary research on the animal model in order to determine which research is promising enough to study in humans. There are also non-animal assays and “test tube” type research that is used to screen potential treatments, but scientists still prefer a good animal model.

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Shelters and veterinarians: The problem with cats

Source: DVM360

(January 1, 2013) Too many felines are surrendered to animal shelters or abandoned. A new survey checks in on animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinarians to find new ways they can work together...

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Cats Take on Owners' Habits (Good and Bad)

Source: Discovery News

(January 16, 2013) Cats really do become part of our families, to the point that they take on human habits -- good and bad -- and adapt their lifestyle with that of their owners, says new research...

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Loyal Dog Waits 30 Minutes for Master to Be Rescued from Freezing River

Source: Shine from Yahoo!

(January 16, 2013) As if there wasn't enough evidence that dogs are just plain awesome, now comes the news that a man's loyal dog waited and watched for 30 minutes as the fire department rescued his owner after he crashed through thin ice on the Colorado River...

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Sudden Death of Show Pony Clouds Image of Elite Pursuit

Source: The New York Times

(December 27, 2012) Early on the morning of May 26, Kristen Williams and her daughter, Katie, arrived at a barn on the grounds of the Devon Horse Show, where elite competitors in full dress have entertained spectators for the last century on Philadelphia’s Main Line...

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Veterinary center sending care packages to dogs serving in Afghanistan

Source: wave3.com

(December 7, 2012) PEWEE VALLEY, KY (WAVE) – This year for the first time, Pewee Valley Veterinary Center is collecting care packages for a group of soldiers in Afghanistan that often gets nothing in exchange for its unique service to our country: the canine corp...

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Poaching is a national security issue, WWF study finds

Source: International Business Times

(December 12, 2012) Poaching of wild animals for ivory, horns, skins and other parts has been a dangerous business for animals for decades, but it's evolved into a security threat as well, according to a WWF report. Elaborate criminal syndicates that protect and augment the trade have developed, the report found. "It is one thing to be worried about the traditional poachers who come in and kill and take a few animals, a few tusks, a few horns or other animal parts," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "It's something else when you've got helicopters, night vision goggles, automatic weapons, which pose a threat to human life as well as wildlife." ...

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