A dozen ducklings stranded in a Florida storm drain pipe were saved when Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Capt. Omar Valiente and firefighter Randy Chidester flushed the lucky ducks out. Two boys had heard peeps coming from drains and alerted authorities. The unharmed ducklings were reunited with their mother, who was nearby.
The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center fielded 180,000 calls related to pet poisonings in 2012, and this article lists the five most common toxic substances encountered by pets, according to the organization. Prescription human medication caused the most issues, with 25,000 calls, followed by insecticide exposure, which frequently involved cats. Over-the-counter human medications, veterinary compounds and household products also were problematic for pets.
Researchers have identified a protein that forms a protective ring around the RNA of Schmallenberg virus, and they think it could be a target for antiviral compounds. Schmallenberg, a virus that causes little harm to adult sheep, goats and cattle but results in stillbirths and deformities in offspring, spread from Germany through some 5,000 farms across Europe in less than two years with no signs of stopping. Researchers are working on developing molecules that would block formation of the protective protein.
Veterinarian John De Jong points out the many career opportunities for veterinarians including traditional clinical practice, public health, research and food animal production. Dr. De Jong advises students interested in veterinary medicine to both have a love of animals but also understand animals' greater role in society. He also suggests interested young people research the profession on AVMA's website.
With 80% of household cats engaging in fights, according to a recent survey, a Portland, Ore.-based veterinarian talks about what feline owners can do to control aggression among their pets, in a podcast featured on AVMA's Web site.