Abstracts: Equine welfare during exercise: an evaluation of breathing, breathlessness and bridles

Horses engaged in strenuous exercise display physiological responses that approach the upper functional limits of key organ systems, in particular their cardiorespiratory systems. Maximum athletic performance is therefore vulnerable to factors that diminish these functional capacities, and such impairment might also lead to horses experiencing unpleasant respiratory sensations, i.e., breathlessness. The aim of this review is to use existing literature on equine cardiorespiratory physiology and athletic performance to evaluate the potential for various types of breathlessness to occur in exercising horses. Continue reading Abstracts: Equine welfare during exercise: an evaluation of breathing, breathlessness and bridles

Abstracts: The use of imepitoin (Pexion) on fear and anxiety related problems in dogs – a case series

BACKGROUND:
Fear and anxiety based problems are common in dogs. Alongside behaviour modification programmes, a range of psychopharmacological agents may be recommended to treat such problems, but few are licensed for use in dogs and the onset of action of some can be delayed. Continue reading Abstracts: The use of imepitoin (Pexion) on fear and anxiety related problems in dogs – a case series

Abstracts: Australian regulation of animal use in science and education: a critical appraisal 

One of the touchstone principles in Australia’s regulation of the use of animals for scientific and educational purposes is reduction, refinement and replacement (3Rs). However, the use of animals for scientific and educational purposes is increasing in Australia, raising concerns about the effectiveness of the current regulatory framework in achieving the objectives of the 3Rs. Continue reading Abstracts: Australian regulation of animal use in science and education: a critical appraisal 

Abstracts: Stocking density limits for post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) with emphasis on production performance and welfare

For the development of commercial scale semi-closed sea systems for farming post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), further knowledge is required on the interaction between fish density, farming conditions and fish welfare. Continue reading Abstracts: Stocking density limits for post-smolt Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) with emphasis on production performance and welfare

Abstracts: Searching for Lyme borreliosis in Australia: results of a canine sentinel study

BACKGROUND: Lyme borreliosis is a common tick-borne disease of the northern hemisphere that is caused by bacterial spirochaetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) (Bbsl) complex. To date, there has been no convincing evidence for locally-acquired Lyme borreliosis on the Australian continent and there is currently a national debate concerning the nature and distributions of zoonotic tick-transmitted . . . → Read More: Abstracts: Searching for Lyme borreliosis in Australia: results of a canine sentinel study