Lawmakers, DVMs expand care for pets of homeless people

Source: VIN News 

(November 11, 2019)  Homelessness is regularly seen as a crisis in the United States. On a single night in 2018, approximately 553,000 people were in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the street, according to the Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentPolicymakers and activists recently have begun including pets of homeless people in discussions about how to get them into temporary shelter or permanent homes. There is a growing awareness that pets play a positive role in the lives of their homeless owners and may be an important asset in providing effective assistance...Read more»


Accessible, affordable veterinary care aim of $11M fund

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

(November 6, 2019) The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is working toward making veterinary services more affordable and accessible to underserved communities, thanks to a $11 million fund. The funding will create the Kim and Stu Lang Community Healthcare Partnership Program (CHPP), an academic program the college says will help expand community outreach, spay-neuter programs and deliver basic vet services to marginalized and remote communities...Read more»


Horses go from racetracks to slaughterhouses: 'It's just a job to me'

Source: USA Today

(October 31, 2019) Over the past decade, an average of more than 600 thoroughbreds a year have died because of racing, according to research by the USA TODAY Network. By contrast, an estimated 7,500 thoroughbreds a year are slaughtered for human consumption, according to Alex Waldrop, president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)...Read more»


Don't Let Your Vet Bill Dog You Forever

Source: Nerdwallet

(October 8, 2019) When pets get sick, expenses pile up quickly. If you encounter a sky-high vet bill, it’s important to have a plan for dealing with it while keeping debt under control...Read more»


Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors

Source: News Republic

(October 8, 2019) Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association...Read more»


The Real Problem With Beef

Source: The New York Times

(October 1, 2019) An extensive study confirms that red meat might not be that bad for you.  But it is bad for the planet, with chicken and pork less harmful than beef...Read more»


Need to make tough decisions about your pet? A veterinary social worker can help.

Source: The Washington Post

(September 16, 2019) Veterinary social workers interact with veterinarians and pet owners in clinics, animal hospitals and other settings in four areas: the link between human and animal violence; grief and loss; animal-assisted interaction; and compassion fatigue management.  There is no official count on the number of veterinary social workers.  The University of Tennessee at Knoxville-which established the country's first program in 2002 and offers three certificates-has an Internet mailing list of about 1,000 individuals, though some may not be veterinary social workers...Read more»


University Replaces Animals with Models for Veterinarian Courses

Source: The Korea Bizwire

(September 4, 2019) Increasing public awareness on animal welfare is leading an university to replace animal cadavers with artificial models for anatomy classes. Konkuk University’s College of Veterinary Medicine announced on Tuesday that it will introduce artificial animal models for anatomy classes starting in the fall semester. The models include those manufactured by Syndaver, a leading manufacturer of animal models, that come with elaborate anatomical structure as well as the texture of organs and blood circulation of dogs and cats...Read more»


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