Molly’s Bill Exempts Some Dogs from Rabies Vaccination

Source: PetMD

(September 25, 2012) I feel compelled to praise the California government for making vaccination an individual decision undertaken as a collaboration between pet owners and veterinarians. This is a victory for our canine companions, as circumstances exist where a vaccination can induce illness and can be a contributing cause of death...

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Racing Economics Collide With Veterinarians’ Oath

Source: The New York Times

(September 21, 2012) Only after Bourbon Bandit broke a leg racing last November did his owner, Susan Kayne, learn the full extent of prescription drugs that veterinarians had given him at Belmont Park on Long Island.

Until then, Ms. Kayne had believed that Bourbon Bandit was “sound and healthy,” because that is what her trainer told her, she said. But new veterinary bills arrived, showing that the horse had been treated regularly with clenbuterol, a widely abused medication for breathing problems that can build muscle by mimicking anabolic steroids...

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Rabbits show their pain

Source: Nature

(September 7, 2012) Rabbits are the latest focus of work seeking to measure animal discomfort by assessing facial expressions.

Researchers working with animals often find it difficult to scientifically assess when their study subjects are in pain. Traditional methods rely on after-the-fact measurements involving weight loss or food and water consumption, or on subjective judgements such as how an animal moves. In an attempt to make pain assessment more scientific...

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Fat dogs and cats are getting professional help


(September 1, 2012) Lisa Baruzzi admits she used to slip Richie a few too many treats. She just wanted to show him how much she loved him — "he’s just the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet."

Then, Richie started having heart trouble. A cardiologist told Baruzzi the golden retriever would have a better recovery if he weren’t 20 pounds overweight, and referred the dog to a pet nutritionist...

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NY officers to be trained for animal abuse cases

Source: The Wall Street Journal

(September 9, 2012) ALBANY, N.Y. — Police and animal care specialists are getting special training on how to investigate cases of animal abuse...

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Farm Use of Antibiotics Defies Scrutiny

Source: The New York Times

(September 3, 2012) The numbers released quietly by the federal government this year were alarming. A ferocious germ resistant to many types of antibiotics had increased tenfold on chicken breasts, the most commonly eaten meat on the nation’s dinner tables.

But instead of a learning from a broad national inquiry into a troubling trend, scientists said they were stymied by a lack of the most basic element of research: solid data...

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Veterinary school chosen for Gates site


(August 29, 2012) And the winner is ... the veterinary school.

Kaleida Health’s board of directors Tuesday announced the selection of Chason Affinity’s $65 million proposal to create a school of veterinary medicine in the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, completing an 18-month process to find a developer for the nearly 10-acre site that closed in March...

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Welfare college receives provisional recognition

Source: VIN

(August 16, 2012) Veterinarians interested in becoming board certified in animal welfare have until Nov. 1 to submit paperwork needed to take a 2013 examination for the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW).

ACAW — founded to advance animal welfare through education, certification and scientific investigation — has received provisional recognition from the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS). The newly established specialty was approved Aug. 1 by the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Executive Board. ..

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