Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas, offers a program designed to prepare students to become veterinary technicians, whose role is to assist veterinarians with all tasks performed in a modern veterinary practice except surgery, prescribing and diagnosing. The program, which is accredited through AVMA, aims to meet the demand for veterinary technicians in the area.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University will use $10 million from an anonymous donor to set up a canine genomics program. The money will be used to get experienced faculty and researchers, to set up a "DNA Bank" for dogs and to support technical work.
The University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College said its surgical skills classes will focus more on the use of animal models and cadavers, instead of performing surgeries on live, anesthetized animals. This change in curriculum will not affect OVC's accreditation status with AVMA, the college said.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., has introduced a bill that would give the Agriculture Department the authority to require biotech fish and food products derived from cloned animals to carry labels if they are approved for human consumption. "If FDA approves the genetically modified salmon the American public deserves to know the truth about their food, and this legislation will ensure that they are provided with this critical information," DeLauro said.
Bedbugs recently have infested commercial and apartment buildings in New York City, posing a threat to cats, dogs, birds and other pets. About 7,021 complaints involving bedbugs have been reported in New York City from January to July. "Bedbugs have caused terrible panic, discomfort and financial hardship for those afflicted, but it's important that people safeguard their pets while the exterminators do their work," a New York state official said.