The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) have joined a coalition of other animal health and welfare groups to help address the ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti following the January 12 earthquake that devastated the country. The Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH) was developed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). The AVMA is among the participants in the coalition, while the AVMF will participate with the other national and international charities by providing monetary support. "The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has made a significant initial financial contribution to the animal relief efforts in Haiti, " said Michael Cathey, executive director of the AVMF.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a guidance poster containing powerful messages to vets to encourage the responsible use of anthelmintics in grazing animals, following ongoing concern about the development of resistance to these medicines. Anthelmintics are used throughout the world for the treatment of worms and other endoparasites in sheep, cattle, goats and horses, as well as in companion animals, but misuse in grazing animals, leading to resistance, is an increasing problem, which has now become a serious threat to the health and welfare of the animals. In response to growing concerns the BVA's Medicines Group has produced a poster that will be distributed to BVA members inside the Veterinary Record (23 January 2010 issue) and will be available to download from the BVA website.
Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwin's directive 'survival of the fittest' to their own needs - and have proved him right in the process, according to a new study by biologists Chris Klingenberg, of The University of Manchester and Abby Drake, of the College of the Holy Cross in the US. The study, published in The American Naturalist today (20 January 2010), compared the skull shapes of domestic dogs with those of different species across the order Carnivora, to which dogs belong along with cats, bears, weasels, civets and even seals and walruses. It found that the skull shapes of domestic dogs varied as much as those of the whole order.
Equine Infectious Anaemia Has Been Detected In Two Horses In Wiltshire - British Veterinary Association
Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA), also known as Swamp Fever, has been detected in two horses in Wiltshire following importation from Romania via Belgium, Defra has confirmed. EIA is an exotic viral disease affecting horses, mules and donkeys. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) are in regular contact with Defra to discuss the issue and receive updates. BVA and BEVA are reminding all veterinary surgeons of the potential for spreading EIA by the iatrogenic route (through the use of contaminated blood or blood products, instruments or needles) and best practice must be followed at all times when treating or testing animals.
Vets have welcomed Professor Bateson's report on dog breeding as an important step on a long journey to improving the health and welfare of all dogs. The report, which follows a 10-month inquiry into breeding practices, dog showing, and scientific evidence, concludes that measures such as the establishment of a non-statutory advisory council on dog breeding, an up-graded accredited breeder scheme, legislative changes, and a public education campaign are required. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) gave evidence to Professor Bateson's inquiry and stressed the need for changes that would improve the lot for all dogs (not just pedigrees), as well as the key role that vets have to play in educating the public.
FDA Health Alert For Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged And Distributed By Merrick Pet Care
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of "Best By 111911" because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed nationwide through retail stores and Internet sales. Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising consumers in possession of these products not to handle or feed them to their pets. In December 2009, the FDA conducted routine testing of Merrick Beef Filet Squares and detected a positive finding for Salmonella. A follow-up inspection found deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing processes.