San Diego Zoo staff corralled 100 flamingos into a holding pen while zoo veterinarians examined the animals one by one. The birds, a fixture at the zoo for five decades, were checked for overall health and vaccinated against West Nile virus.
According to the AVMA's 2012 pet ownership and demographics report, pet owners are seeking less veterinary care than they did five years ago, and that's cause for concern as some preventable conditions are on the rise, writes Steve Dale. Preventive care can save money and spare pets and their owners from difficult treatments, and regular care saves lives, writes Dale, who argues for the importance of owner education.
Cost shouldn't be your only concern when purchasing insurance for your business, according to Derek Hoch of Leverity Insurance Group. "Business insurance is a partnership," he said. "Your insurance partner should be a trusted adviser who helps you leverage your risk."
On Wednesday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other officials announced that the Department of Homeland Security has signaled support for the construction of a $1.14 billion biosecurity lab to be built in Manhattan, Kan. Federal officials signed a land transfer agreement paving the way for the facility's construction. "While there is much more work to be done, signing of the land transfer agreement is a good step forward in securing the future health, wealth and security of the our nation," Brownback said.
On Tuesday, San Diego Zoo veterinarians examined their 22-week-old panda, Xiao Liwu, noting that he is growing well, developing teeth and becoming quite rambunctious. Xiao Liwu, whose name means "Little Gift," is part of an important collaboration with China to breed giant pandas in captivity in the hopes of maintaining and studying the endangered species.