Sep
16
2015
Whether you’re a new student wondering what’s ahead, or a professional who wants to remember the “good old days” of your veterinary education, a new reality TV show may be what you’re looking for. Nat Geo WILD, in collaboration with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), is premiering a new series on Sept. 19, Vet School, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD....more
Aug
20
2015
Are cats more skilled at getting what they want than dogs? A new study suggests that at least in ancient times, that may have been true. Researchers from the Universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), São Paulo (Brazil) and Lausanne (Switzerland) studied over 2000 North American fossils and concluded that felids (wild cats) who migrated from Asia into North America spelled doom on the diversity of the dog family. They contributed to the extinction of up to 40 dog species. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on May 30. ...more
Jul
29
2015
Summer travels include road trips and air travel, often with pets in tow. But just how safe is Fido in that carrier? Given that the pet carrier industry is unregulated, a partnership between the Center for Pet Safety and Subaru of America sought to find out. The results of their study, released on July 24, identified the three top pet carriers and crates, and debunked some myths about other carrier products. ...more
Jul
23
2015
Elephants at the Paira Diaza Zoo in Belgium were treated to a string quartet this summer, reported the New York Times on June 26. And they were picky about the music they liked. “When they played the tango, [the elephants] walked off,” Tim Bouts, DVM, and Paira Diaza’s zoological director, told the New York Times. “Then they played the rumba and they all came back.” Elephants, it appears, have an ear for sounds. They use it, along with non-vocal gestures, to communicate....more
Jul
9
2015
Pigs and horses and chickens, oh my. That seems to be part of the animal-assisted therapy (AAT) equation today for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. They number 5.3 million in the United States, cost taxpayers $226 billion, and result in high caregiver burnout, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But two pot-bellied pigs, a miniature horse, and a chicken named Clementine are helping. ...more
Jun
11
2015
Famous people—and animals—have influence, and that influence is emerging everywhere. On the hill, a new caucus was launched to strengthen the bond between people and animals. In the skies, American Airlines has added pet cabins. Out of the closet comes Lady Gaga's new pet clothing line. And on the way to jail, Chuck Blazer 'fessed up not only to taking bribes for the World Cup, but also to keeping an apartment in Trump Tower for his cats. ...more
May
7
2015
Is an animal a sentient being, that is, can it feel, perceive, and experience emotions? Many in the veterinary community, including pet owners, would say, “Yes.” New Zealand agrees. Yesterday, New Zealand passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which brings greater clarity, transparency and enforceability to the country’s animal welfare laws. It also now recognizes animals as sentient beings. ...more
Apr
2
2015
Tonight, in New York City, the annual Bunny Beauty Pageant, part of a five-day Full Bunny Contact carnival, takes place at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, a sign, perhaps, of increasing rabbit pet ownership among the educated....more
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