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August 24, 2015

USDA hiring veterinary positions this fall

Whether you’re looking for your first job or just need a change, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may have what you’re looking for. To respond to the avian influenza outbreak, the USDA hopes to fill 210 veterinary technician positions and 90 veterinarian positions this fall, according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).

August 24, 2015

AAHA joins HABRI Steering Committee

Thanks to the work of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, there is now quantitative research to show what most animal lovers already know: the health benefits and value provided by companion animals. To support this cause and contribute to further research on the benefits of the human-animal bond, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) announced it has joined the HABRI Steering Committee.

August 17, 2015

AAHA animal behavior guidelines released

Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters annually, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Part of the reason is due to animal behavior issues. That’s where the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and its 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines (Guidelines), released in late July, can help.

July 16, 2015

Couple sentenced in (preventable) dog mauling

On July 13, Valbona Lucaj and Sebastiano Quagliata were sentenced to from 57 months to 15 years in prison for the fatal mauling of a jogger last year in Metamora, 45 miles northwest of Detroit. The dogs involved in the incident have since been euthanized and eight puppies seized. Animal Behaviorist and expert witness Suzanne Hetts, PhD, CAAB, CVJ, as well as a JAVMA study, note that such incidents can be prevented.

July 07, 2015

Ohio becomes second state to accept AAHA accreditation in lieu of state inspection

Accreditation represents a standard of care, and access to “best practices,” clients can trust. And state agencies are recognizing that, first in Alabama and now, most recently, in Ohio. As of March 2015, 106 veterinary hospitals in Ohio were exempt from state inspection due to their AAHA-accredited status. This makes Ohio the second state to accept accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in place of a state inspection, this time by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB).

July 01, 2015

European Commission votes to continue use of animals in labs

The use of animals in labs has been a hot topic in the European Union (EU) this year. Infact, one million Europeans signed the Stop Vivisection Initiative, submitted in March to the European Commission. But on June 3, the European Commission rejected that initiative, reported Speaking of Research.

June 25, 2015

Veterinarian not charged in bow-and-arrow killing of cat

On June 24, the Austin County Grand Jury returned a “No Bill” ruling regarding Kristen Lindsey, DVM, citing insufficient proof to charge the Brenham, Texas veterinarian with a crime for Animal Cruelty. Lindsey, who practiced at Washington Animal Clinic prior to the event, killed a cat with a bow-and-arrow and then posted her “kill” on Facebook in April.

June 12, 2015

Kimbrough Animal Hospital loses all in fire, including pets

AAHA-accredited practice Kimbrough Animal Hospital, in Longview, Texas was engulfed in flames Tuesday night, reported the Longview News-Journal. Of the 40 pets boarded there, only two survived. There were no human injuries.

May 28, 2015

Client sets up scholarship fund in the name of her veterinarian

As thanks to Stephen H. White, DVM, DABVP, and owner of AAHA-accredited practice Fairway Animal Hospital in Kansas City for caring for her dog, Maddy, McCahon created a scholarship in White’s name. The Dr. Stephen White Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine scholarship was presented to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (K-State CVM) in March, years after White provided care.

May 22, 2015

Cat claims Guinness record for loudest purr

What’s louder than a vacuum cleaner, as noisy as a hair dryer, and competes with human conversations for airtime? A cat named “Merlin.” This week, Guinness World Records (GWR) dubbed a 13-year-old rescue animal from Devon, England, as the world record holder for the loudest purr by a domestic cat, clocking in at 67.8 decibels, and out-purring the previous winner, Smokey, in 2011.

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