Hip dysplasia is an important and complex genetic disease in dogs with both genetic and environmental influences. Since the osteoarthritis that develops is irreversible the only way to improve welfare, through reducing the prevalence, is through genetic selection. This study from the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK, aimed to evaluate . . . → Read More: Genetic evaluation of hip score in UK Labrador Retrievers
In farm animal practice, there is often a clear tension between animal welfare and the economic basis of food animal production. Animal well-being is regularly compromised by the stringencies of intensive animal husbandry. Conditions such as infectious keratoconjunctivitis or ocular squamous cell carcinoma, while having negative effects on animal welfare, also have profoundly deleterious effects on . . . → Read More: Welfare issues in farm animal ophthalmology
In a consignment of sheep brains from NZ, to be used in Europe as negative control material in scrapie rapid screening test evaluations, brain samples from 1 sheep (no. 1512) gave the following initially confusing results in various screening tests: the brainstem repeatedly produced negative results in 2 very similar screening kits (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA]-1, ELISA-2), . . . → Read More: Atypical scrapie/Nor98 in a sheep from New Zealand
An apparent breakdown in euthanasing procedure has led to the death of a ‘war hero’ dog in Asa Grande, Arizona last month.
A worker from Pinal County Animal Care and Control has been suspended following the incident that ended the life of Target, a mongrel who was adopted by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
It is claimed Target became popular after she and two other dogs frightened a suicide bomber inside a military base at Dand Patan near the Pakistani border, potentially saving a number of lives.
Though the bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance of the military facility, he was unable to kill anybody.
Target was owned by U.S. Army medical officer Sergeant Terry Young, who brought the animal home following his tour of duty. The animal escaped from Sgt Young’s property, and a neighbour contacted the animal shelter that collected her. Continue reading Shelter error killed hero war dog
There is a global move from individual to group housing of gestating sows. In the EU, individual gestating stalls will be banned by 2013. Just like in other industrialised regions, these stalls have been the standard housing system for intensively kept sows from the 1960s onward in the Flemish region of Belgium. As the socio-economic consequences . . . → Read More: Survey among Belgian pig producers about the introduction of group housing systems for gestating sows
In 2012, UK and European vets will be able to sit Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Membership examinations in medicine of cats to demonstrate they have a high level of standing in the discipline.
The college will conduct the examination with International Society of Feline Medicine support. It has offered examinations of proficiency for more than 40 years and has offered species-specific examinations since its inception.
Its feline chapter conducts rigorous and searching examinations in feline medicine, at both Membership – MACVSc – and Fellowship – FCVSc – specialist levels.
The MACVSc examination is available to veterinarians with at least three and a half years of experience in clinical practice, and covers all facets of feline internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, nutrition and behaviour. Although not a specialist examination, it is a qualification which distinguishes practitioners with particular interest in feline clinical sciences. Continue reading ACVSc cats qualification for foreign vets
The recent earthquake in New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, rated a bone-rattling 7.1 on the Richter scale – the same as San Francisco’s 1989 quake and larger than Haiti’s January quake. It occurred along a previously unknown fault line and sent sleeping residents into full earthquake defence mode.
Animals affected by the quake also suffered 40 seconds of thunderous rocking and rolling. Many animals simply fled, and 497 cats and dogs were registered with the Canterbury SPCA Track-A-Pet service, from when the quake struck on the fourth, to the 30 September (compared to just 81 in the previous year). Cats made up 90 per cent of this total because they were free to just ‘take off’. Dogs were less able to flee because of their confinement. Just two people were injured, no-one was killed, and a few animals suffered minor injuries from falling objects.
Happily, 246 animals were reunited with their owners in September alone, either by using the SPCA Track-A-Pet service or by returning home voluntarily. Continue reading Panicked pets flee from quake
The domestic hypercarnivores cat and mink have a higher protein requirement than other domestic mammals. This has been attributed to adaptation to a hypercarnivorous diet and subsequent loss of the ability to down regulate amino acid catabolism. A quantitative analysis of brain glucose requirements reveals that in cats on their natural diet, a significant proportion of . . . → Read More: Hypercarnivory and the brain: protein requirements of cats reconsidered
North Queensland’s depleted veterinary profession is about to receive an injection of new blood, when the first cohort of Veterinary Science students graduate from James Cook University.
Five years’ hard work from both staff and students will pay off this month when the first batch of JCU animal doctors enter the veterinary industry.
And the word from the profession indicates that practitioners are poised and ready to snap up this next generation of vets, with many students already securing jobs in country practices in Queensland and elsewhere.
“Before taking on the massive responsibility of training the region’s future vets, we made sure we asked people on the front line what they wanted from our graduates,” Veterinary Science Dean Lee Fitzpatrick said.
“Their responses formed the basis of our integrated curriculum, which has grown to become quite the innovation.
“We have received favourable feedback from vets across the profession and that’s reflected by the jobs being offered to our graduates.
“The end product will speak for itself. It will be an honour to call them colleagues.”
Joshua Berryman is one of more than 40 students anticipating the day he can finally call himself a vet. Continue reading First vets to graduate from JCU
Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities has announced Ted Donelan, a veterinarian from Melbourne who has worked with indigenous communities for more than 15 years, as its new President and Bayer Animal Heath as a partner.
Both are set to give AMRRIC a boost as it strives to improve animal management in Australia’s indigenous communities.
AMRRIC is a national not-for-profit organisation originally set-up by veterinarians to improve the health and welfare of companion animals and improve the overall health and wellbeing of people in Australia’s indigenous communities. Continue reading New president and partnership gives AMRRIC a boost