A man allegedly threatened to shoot staff at an Oklahoma veterinary clinic after his cat died there of unknown causes. Veterinarian Tina Neel said 40 people were in the clinic when the man made the threat while talking to his wife in the clinic's parking lot.
Georgia's Board of Regents is expected to assign an additional $16.4 million to a project that will update the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine facilities with a new teaching hospital and other additions. The total budget is projected to be $98 million and will be met with a combination of donations and public funds. The school's community clinic will not be relocated, contrary to original plans, but otherwise, the proposal "restores the project to what was originally envisioned," said dean and veterinarian Sheila Allen.
AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven offers tips for keeping pets healthy in 2013 and beyond in this interview. Dr. DeHaven's top five resolutions for pets and owners are microchipping pets and keeping updated owner information on file with the microchip company, ensuring early and appropriate socialization of pets to prevent future behavior problems, getting exercise, conducting emergency planning that includes pets and getting preventive care.
A meeting with virologists from around the world to discuss avian influenza research could be an indication the U.S. may support an end to the voluntary ban on H5N1 research, provided that new work meets a number of criteria. Research was stopped after two groups developed strains of the virus that easily spread between ferrets, raising fears the virus could escape and spark a pandemic. The proposed parameters for avian influenza research agreed upon at the conference include requirements that the research be highly significant, involve manageable risks and not result in a strain that could not naturally evolve.
Board-certified veterinary specialists possess an expert level of knowledge and skills in a focused area of veterinary medicine, writes veterinarian Joanne Cockshutt. The AVMA recognizes numerous specialties including surgery, critical care, internal medicine and cardiology. Veterinarians wishing to become specialists pursue at least three years of focused training after veterinary school. The expertise of a specialist may be needed when advanced procedures or treatments are indicated or when an animal isn't responding as expected.