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Welfare Organisations Join Forces To Highlight Problems With Aversive Dog Training Techniques, UK

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) have joined forces with several UK animal welfare, behaviour, and training organisations (full list below) to warn of the possible dangers of using techniques for training dogs that can cause pain and fear, such as some of those seen used by Cesar Millan 'The Dog Whisperer', who has announced a UK tour next year. The organisations have come together to voice their serious concerns about techniques which pose welfare problems for dogs and significant risk to owners who may copy them. These concerns are shared, and the statement supported, by similar organisations around the world and in continental Europe.

Kiss A Frog? Veterinarians Say No.

In the movies, kissing a frog can result in a prince. But, as the disclaimer often says, "Do not try this at home." Frogs, like all amphibians and reptiles, can be a source of Salmonella infections in people. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) are reminding the public that instead of a prince, improper handling of amphibians and reptiles-and that includes kissing a frog-can result in a nasty illness. Frogs passing on Salmonella to people recently made headlines when the CDC reported on Dec. 7 that water frogs were the source of 48 cases of human Salmonella infections in 25 states in 2009.

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NC State Vets Lead Way In Disaster Response For Animals

Most people can picture the first responders who come to the rescue in the wake of a natural disaster. But who provides emergency help for the dogs, cats and horses that people love? And who takes care of the cows, poultry and hogs that form the backbone of animal agriculture? North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is helping to fill the need through a unique initiative that requires all of its students to receive disaster training, providing a new generation of leaders in veterinary medicine and disaster response. "This training program is important because there is a real need to build our capacity to respond to disasters, " says Dr.

Major BVA AWF Funded Welfare Teaching Project Gets Underway In Vet Schools

This month sees the start of an exciting and unique veterinary education project selected by the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) for funding under the Norman Hayward Fund. Maximising Value of Extra-Mural Study Placements on Cattle, Sheep and Horse Units aims to develop and validate welfare and health planning assessment tools for cattle, sheep and horses for students on their pre-clinical Extra Mural Study (EMS) placements. It will also develop teaching methods to enhance the ability of veterinary students to apply formal, scientifically-valid, practical welfare assessment in the field and enable them to ethically appraise what they see and do.

Vets Welcome TB Eradication Group For England Progress Report

Vets have welcomed the publication of the progress report for the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Group for England (TBEG). The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) are pleased at the consensus arrived at by TBEG (made up of representatives from Defra's Food and Farming Group, Animal Health, the farming industry and the veterinary profession), which recognises the limitations of the measures available to the Group. Commenting, Professor Bill Reilly, President of the BVA, said: "Bearing in mind the political and time constraints that TBEG is working under, we welcome the progress the Group is making.

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Veterinary Group's Congressional Agenda Focuses On Workforce Issues

"Congratulations, you've finally earned your veterinary degree. Here's a bill for $130, 000." Veterinary school graduates are entering the profession today with educational debt that resembles an average mortgage in the United States. What a graduation gift. With average educational debt approaching the estimated $136, 000 average of a U.S. home mortgage, veterinarians new to the field face significant financial challenges. But this isn't only about veterinarians. It's about animal and public health, as well as food safety. The sobering debt levels of veterinary graduates are forcing many beginning practitioners to make some tough decisions about where to live and what type of veterinary medicine to practice.

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