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WATCH OUT, BULLIES—DR ANDREW DALLIMORE TEACHES KIDS JUDO TO GIVE THEM CONFIDENCE. PHOTO: KERRY MCCASHNEY

Despite a serious arm injury, Dr Andrew Dallimore of Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre in Olinda, VIC, is helping to change kids’ lives by teaching judo.

When I was 14, I took up judo because I was short, tubby and getting bullied at school. First of all, it taught me...
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In mid-May, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County, according to an agency release. Since that time, the disease has also been found in flocks in San Bernardino...
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Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a study published in the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines.

"The majority of pandemics have been associated with pigs as an intermediate host between avian viruses and human hosts. In this study, we identified influenza viruses jumping from pigs into dogs," said study investigator Adolfo García-Sastre, PhD, director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens...
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An Executive Report published this month in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shared the results of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study – appropriate timing given that May is Mental Health Awareness month. The authors of the study wanted to survey a large group of veterinarians by way of random sampling to gauge the prevalence of serious mental distress among American veterinarians. This...
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Irish soft-coated wheaten terrier.

Collaborating research groups from the University of Helsinki, UC Davis and the University of Jyväskylä describe a new genetic cause for canine congenital eye disease in Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers. The affected dogs suffer from bilateral microphthalmia i.e. very small eyes and anatomical defects, resulting in incurable blindness. Similar findings are seen in the Microphthalmia-Anophthalmia-Coloboma (MAC) spectrum of human congenital eye malformations, which...
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Scanning electron micrograph of mother (bottom) and daughter (top) trypanosomes.

Researchers at the University of Bristol have revealed new details on how the animal disease Nagana is spread by tsetse flies in Africa.

When animals are bitten by bloodsucking tsetse flies, they don't just get a painful bite, as the flies may be carrying a cargo of deadly microbes, trypanosomes.

These microbes are squirted into the skin of the animal as the fly feeds and invade the bloodstream, causing the severe and...
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It is known that chromosomal anomalies are one of the principle genetic causes of infertility in horses. However, a great proportion of these cases still go undiagnosed, probably due to the fact that their symptomatology is non-specific and diagnosis is complex. This is the case with chimerism, which is greatly associated with twin births in domestic animals, and whose prevalence and reproductive effects are still unknown in horses.

Chimerism is a genetic disorder in which two zygotes combine after fertilisation to form one single zygote that develops normally....
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PROFESSOR BEATTY’S CAT, JASPER, TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. HE DIED BUT A SAMPLE HAD BEEN STORED FROM HIM. CREDIT JULIA BEATTY.

Australian scientists have identified a new feline disease similar to hepatitis B in humans after discovering a virus previously unknown in cats.

The discovery, published last week in the journal Viruses, could have an impact...
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With vets facing increasing competition from new practices, more are finding a competitive advantage in niche practice. But is specialising in just one species right for you?

We don’t need to tell you that running a veterinary practice can be challenging at the best of times. The rising cost of doing business is putting increasing pressure on your bottom line. Recruiting the...