Modern Zoos Are Not Worth the Moral Cost

Source: The New York Times

(June 11, 2021) After being captives of the pandemic for more than a year, we have begun experiencing the pleasures of simple outings: dining al fresco, shopping with a friend, taking a stroll through the zoo. As we snap a selfie by the sea lions for the first time in so long, it seems worth asking, after our collective ordeal, whether our pleasure in seeing wild animals up close is worth the price of their captivity...Read more»


Are Vets and Pharmacists Showing How to Make Careers Work for Moms?

Source: The New York Times

(June 9, 2021) Veterinarians and pharmacists may be able to help us with more than our pets and our pills. Perhaps they can also guide America to a society that works better for America’s moms. It used to be that vets, like top lawyers, financiers and management consultants, often worked long and irregular hours. Dogs triumphed; vet families suffered. But 77 percent of new vets are female, and they have nurtured a system of group and emergency practices that is more family friendly: If Rover gets sick at night you take him to a 24-hour emergency clinic...Read more»


Community Veterinary Medicine Programs: Pet Owners' Perceptions and Experiences

Source: Frontiers in Veterinary Science

(June 8, 2021) Many American pet owners struggle financially, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this problem. Yet, the positive effects that companion animals have in people's lives create the need for supportive systems to ensure that financial limitations, and other barriers, do not preclude pet ownership. To help address these barriers, and reach underserved communities, various forms of community-based veterinary medicine programs have been developed across the country. This study assesses two community-based veterinary programs in North Carolina, USA. In addition to perceptions surrounding veterinary services, this study paid specific attention to communication and respect; two additional elements needed for successful community-based veterinary programs...Read more»


New clinic aims to provide affordable care for pets while training Ohio State veterinary students

Source: 10 WBNS

(June 1, 2021) Ohio State veterinary students are getting unique hands-on training through a new primary care clinic. On Tuesday, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine opened the doors of its new Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic. The 35,000 square foot facility allows students in the college of veterinary medicine to advance their clinical training while providing affordable care for pet owners. Normally, OSU veterinary students spend much of their clinical training observing complex cases. This new approach is reflective of a change to the college's educational model, largely impacted by feedback from students, faculty, practitioners, and alumni, according to the College of Veterinary Medicine...Read more»


What is Brachycephalic Syndrome? A Guide to Understanding Flat-Faced Dog Breeds

Source: Yahoo

(May 27, 2021) Flat-faced dogs, formally known as brachycephalic dogs, have been bred intentionally over the years for a shortened skull and mini muzzle that yields the characteristic baby face we know and love in many popular dog breeds today. These include the French bulldog and English bulldog, who both rank second and fifth on the list of America's most popular dog breeds, respectively...Read more»


Ear-cropping rise in dogs prompts plan for UK import ban

Source: VIN News Service

(May 13, 2021) The United Kingdom is moving to ban the importation of dogs with cropped ears, amid an apparent surge in the practice driven by pop stars and other celebrities that prompted veterinarians to call for stricter rules. Britain's ruling conservative government this week said it will introduce the import ban as part of a range of measures designed to improve animal welfare, including the compulsory microchipping of cats and prohibition of electric-shock training collars. The new rules will be introduced for parliamentary votes via a series of bills, the government said Wednesday...Read more»


Cat lovers and haters unite: Company creates synthetic feline

Source: Business Observer

(May 13, 2021) Cats. Just seeing the word in print will send some people running for allergy pills, lint brushes and air fresheners. Sure, others will see it and imagine cuddling on a couch or happily watching a loving pet chase a piece of yarn or nap in a thin patch of sunlight. But not the first group. Well, a Tampa biotech firm has come up with a solution that could make both parties happy: a synthetic cat. It wasn’t created as a compromise between cat lovers and cat haters, though. It was developed, instead, as a tool to help students in veterinary school learn how to spay the animals without having to practice on a real one...Read more»


Let's Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat

Source: The New York Times

(April 24, 2021) I’m a vegan, but I’m also a realist. There’s no chance humanity is going to give up meat, en masse, anytime soon. That said, we can’t just wish away the risks of industrial animal agriculture. If we don’t end this system, soon, terrible things will happen to us and to the planet. Terrible things are already happening...Read more»

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