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A Law With Heart

Veterinarian Dr. Kenneth Newman (right) of St. Petersburg, Florida has proposed a piece of legislation that would change the way the law regards animals. Gracie’s Law would recognize the emotional bond between animals and people by entitling the owner of an animal killed through an act of malice or negligence to $25,000 in damages. Current laws mean people are entitled...
Using a special piece of MRI equipment, doctors from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine were able to remove a dangerous brain tumor from Callie, an eight-year-old English setter. Using high-tech surgical equipment called the Brainsight MR frameless neuro-navigation device, MU surgeons were able to take an MRI of Callie’s brain and create a 3D model. The model...

Heart Of The Matter

Quality of life is accepted as an important predictor of survival among human patients with heart failure. Now, veterinarians at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have developed two surveys that may prove to be similarly useful in evaluating the quality of life for dogs and cats with heart disease. Known as “FETCH” (Functional Evaluation of Cardiac...
A new research focus at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will advance evidence-based health care for pets by answering important questions about nutrition and health in cats and dogs. In partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital, the OVC has created a two-year post-doctoral position in companion animal epidemiology that will expand the scope of the college’s renowned work in veterinary epidemiology. Dr....
The Veterinary Specialty Center of the Hudson Valley (VSCHV) now has the ability to perform Electrochemotherapy (ECT) in the treatment of canine and feline cancers. ECT has long been available in Europe with over 80 centers currently treating cancers in people. There are a few veterinary centers that are treating pets with great success in Brazil, France, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia...
Yet another class action has been filed in federal court in Newark, New Jersey against a manufacturer of spot-on flea and tick products. FidoPharm, which makes PetArmor, has been added to the list of companies being sued. PetArmor was launched a year ago and is described by the manufacturer as containing the same active ingredients as Frontline, a well known...
AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) funded researcher Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania was presented with an American flag flown in Afghanistan in recognition of her commitment to the health of working dogs. The flag was presented to Dr. Otto by Major Janice L. Baker, US Army Veterinary Corps. While Major Baker could not provide the specifics...
Recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on equine behavior, Dr. Robert M. Miller has been named the recipient of the 2012 Western Horseman Award. When Dr. Robert Miller’s video Imprint Training of the Foal was released in 1986, horsepeople around the country seemed to form two camps. The ideas presented by Dr. Miller challenged the assumptions of many...
Morris Animal Foundation is funding scientists who are using cutting-edge technologies to change the way veterinarians diagnose and treat cats. In one study, Dr. Steven Dow of Colorado State University is evaluating the effectiveness of mesenchymal stem cell therapy to treat cats with chronic kidney disease. This therapy has been successful in reversing and stabilizing kidney function in rodents...
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has approved the addition of a $120 million classroom building and small animal hospital expansion project to the system’s capital plan. This represents a major expansion for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). The new building will house state-of-the-art classroom and teaching laboratory space that will enhance...