Physicians aren't the only ones on the front lines of the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak. Veterinarians play an important role, too. Whether they're conducting research or serving as "disease detectives" at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, playing a critical role in state and local health departments or ensuring the health of our domestic swine herds by continuing to give regular vaccinations against influenza and increasing biosurveillance and security measures on farms, veterinarians are in the middle of the action when it comes to identifying and helping control the H1N1 flu. "Veterinary medicine is so much more than giving vaccinations to pets, " says Dr.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board has voted unanimously to support the generous outpouring of time and expertise of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), which is sponsoring free eye exams for America's service dogs. During the week of May 3, 2009, more than 160 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists will donate their skills to provide eye examinations to service dogs across the United States and Canada. These exams will be provided free to service dog owners or agents during this event. The charitable event was launched and is continued by ACVO members. "The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is proud to offer these eye exams to service dogs.
Revision Of EU Legislation On The Protection Of Laboratory Animals: European Parliament Vote Is A Step In The Right Direction
EFPIA, the voice of the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, acknowledges the European Parliament's adoption of a report on the welfare of laboratory animals. The report places the emphasis on scientific justification and ethical review as the basis for decision-making on animal studies. Whilst the decision of the Parliament as adopted represents a compromise, it is a step in the right direction. It goes some way towards a balance between the protection of animals, the reality of biomedical research, and the needs of patients. Brian Ager, Director General commented, "Industry cautiously welcomes this decision. However, there are several provisions that may potentially hinder the development of the new and innovative treatments that society wishes to see, addressing unmet conditions such as cancers, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and infectious diseases.
A BVA Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) and Merial Animal Health sponsored study has examined the factors that affect the likelihood of recovery from laminitis, a painful and debilitating condition that affects the feet of horses and ponies, and found obese animals were more likely to die. In the study members of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) documented cases over four years and found that overweight animals which develop laminitis tend to have more severe signs than those of optimal weight. Reporting on the study conclusions the principal investigator and veterinary surgeon, Celia Marr, said "When laminitis does occur, overweight animals are more likely to die of the disease than their thinner counterparts.
The H1N1 virus has now been found in a Canadian swine herd, and an Iowa State University researcher has developed an H1N1 flu vaccine for pigs. "Now that H1N1 virus is in pigs, we're seeking funding to conduct a proof-of-concept study to demonstrate how rapidly we can produce an effective and safe vaccine for pigs, " said Dr. Hank Harris, professor in animal science and veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine. Harris' start-up company at the ISU Research Park, Harrisvaccines, Inc., uses a technology that is much faster for producing vaccines than traditional methods. The technique, called RNA Backbone, was developed for human use by a North Carolina company called Alphavax.
Three lucky winners have netted themselves an opportunity to indulge in some very well earned retail therapy, after visiting the British Veterinary Association (BVA) stand during this year's British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Congress and entering the Young Vet Network promotion. "With a large number of young delegates attending this year's event it was a great opportunity for the BVA to promote the Young Vet Network and talk to young graduates about the help and support that the BVA can provide" said BVA President, Mrs Nicky Paull, who was seen on the stand for much of the Congress. The winners for this year's competition are Miss Clare Hepher from Reading, Miss Victoria James from East Sussex and Miss Disa Simonar from Glasgow.