This week: A new veterinary school is coming in the fall, a new Purdue scholarship promotes DE&I, and the top obesity-related pet insurance claims.
Nearly five million people in the US are bitten by dogs each year. In observance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, here are some tips on reducing the chance of getting bitten—for everyone.
A family pet is lost every two seconds. One out of three pets is lost during their lifetimes. Only one in ten is found. The numbers are worrisome: more than ten million pets are lost each year. Even more worrisome.
According to the ASPCA, 83% of pet owners live in an area impacted by disasters. But only 46% have a disaster preparedness plan in place.
Stay away from water-based King Bio brands. That’s the warning the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave to veterinarians, pet owners, and parents last week. “These products may pose a safety risk to people (especially infants, children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems), as well as to pets due to high levels of [waterborne] microbial contamination identified at the manufacturing site,” the agency said in a statement.
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), has proclaimed October 14–20, 2018, to be National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW). This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is sponsoring the week-long celebration.
More than 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the start of war, roughly half of them to neighboring Poland, some with—and some without—their pets. Now veterinary groups around the world are mobilizing to help both pets and pet owners affected by the crisis.
And if you’ve been gnawing on them (they’re a human delicacy in some countries), you might want to spit ‘em out. The FDA and the CDC are investigating an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella across 13 states—an outbreak linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.
Oh, sweet relief! Just one year after launching its Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program, Banfield Pet Hospital has contributed more than $4 million to help reduce student debt for its more than 3,600 associate veterinarians, and enabled more than $10 million in student debt refinancing.
An estimated 23 million pets live with families at or below the national poverty line in the United States. Families that cannot financially provide for their veterinary care. The Access to Veterinary Care Coalition (AVCC)calls them underserved populations of pets, which AVCC defines as pets with owners whose demographic, geographic, or economic characteristics impede or prevent access to veterinary care services for their pets.