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Important Changes For Equine Owners - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Effective January 31, 2010, equine owners, intending to sell animals directly or indirectly to Canadian meat processors, are being advised to record certain information. Equine owners who wish to keep their sale options open should record all vaccines, medications given (administered or fed) to their animals and record any occurrence of illness in their animals. The collection of this information will better prepare the equine industry for July 31, 2010 when it will be mandatory for all federally-inspected equine facilities to have complete records dating back six months for all domestic and imported animals presented for slaughter. These requirements apply to owners of horses and their crosses, referred to as equine.

NFU Responds To Draft Animal Health Bill

The NFU says it remains completely and fundamentally opposed to any costs being transferred to livestock farmers for dealing with animal disease outbreaks after the publication of the new draft Animal Health Bill. The Bill extremely concerns the NFU with its lack of detail about potential cost-sharing; it says this element will be introduced in a Finance Bill sometime in the future. NFU President Peter Kendall said: "We have lobbied for some time on this issue and consulted our members; we remain completely opposed to any cost burden being passed on to livestock farmers, particularly as we believe there are genuine savings to be made within Defra's current Animal Health budget.

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Draft Animal Health Bill A Mixed Bag, UK

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed aspects of the draft Animal Health Bill as 'a real success for the veterinary profession's lobby', but is disappointed that the Government is still committed to separating animal health policy and animal welfare policy. The draft Animal Health Bill is the culmination of consultations on responsibility and cost sharing and establishes a new Non-Departmental Public Body with responsibility for animal health policy and delivery in England - the Animal Health Organisation (AHO). The Bill creates a new role of England Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) to sit in the AHO and clarifies the position of the UK CVO, which will remain in Defra and take on a coordinating role in a disease outbreak situation.

AVMA Supports Proposal Calling For More Wildlife And Zoo Veterinarians

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today announced its support of newly introduced federal legislation that will help bolster the nation's supply of veterinarians specializing in the care of wildlife and zoo animals. The Wildlife and Zoological Veterinary Medicine Enhancement Act, introduced January 21 by U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., will fill a critical need in protecting the country's animals, environment and its people. "This is absolutely needed, " said AVMA Chief Executive Officer W. Ron DeHaven, DVM. "If passed, this legislation will strengthen curriculum in our veterinary schools. It will create opportunities for our veterinary graduates to work in the areas in which they have studied, and it will protect both animals and people.

February Is Pet Dental Health Month

It is estimated that 80 percent of people brush their teeth every day, but far fewer pet owners do the same for their pets. Pet Dental Health Month, celebrated every February, teaches pet owners proper dental hygiene is equally as important for their pets. "Most people have no idea that dental health is so important to their pets, and that's why Pet Dental Health Month is such a great idea, " explains Dr. Larry Corry, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). "In fact, veterinarians report that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. This can lead to painful infections of the mouth, and in severe cases these infections can spread and become life-threatening conditions.

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Polar Bear Droppings Might Help Us Understand Superbugs

polar bear Scientists from Norway and Italy have found scarecely any signs of superbugs in feces dropped by polar bears in the Arctic, and suggest that since these animals have little or no contact with humans, the spread of bacterial genes resistant to antibiotics could be due to our influence. These are the findings of a study published in the 14 January issue of the peer-reviewed open access journal BMC Microbiology performed by researchers from the University of Tromsø and the Norwegian Polar Institute, both in Norway, and the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, in Italy. Drug resistant bacteria such as MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, are a growing problem in hospitals and care facilities, and we don't know enough about how they evolved.

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