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American Horse Council, AAEP, USDA pledge to keep U.S. horse herd healthy in case of a disease outbreak. By Ed Kane, PhD DVM360 MAGAZINE Nearly a decade ago, the USDA approached the American Horse Council (AHC) with a question: If we have a disaster-level equine disease outbreak, what are you folks going to do about it? According to Cliff Williamson, current director of health and regulatory affairs for the AHC, before that meeting the horse industry had believed it was the federal government’s responsibility to manage biosecurity and protect U.S. herd health. But the more...

The US Department of Labor had recently released its updated statistics on our profession. States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. Full report with additional charts and graphics can be found HERE Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017 29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts....

Veterinary CE for our Veterinary Technicians & Assistants Interested in some large animal, ruminant, or equine veterinary online continuing education (CE)? You asked, so we answered. Check out our 2019 VETgirl online CE webinars for our mixed animal, equine, and ruminant veterinarians; we'll be adding more so make sure to check back. Our VETgirl CE credits are RACE-approved for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians; some are still pending RACE-approval.* Thanks to sponsorship from Merck Animal Health, some of them are free to all! If you’re a VETgirl ELITE member, you can get 100+ hours of RACE-approved, veterinary online continuing...

The United Horse Coalition (formerly known as The Unwanted Horse Coalition) is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the problem of the unwanted horse. OUR MISSION: The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), formed in 2006 to bring attention to the issue and challenges of unwanted horses, will be renamed and rebranded as the United Horse Coalition. The changes reflect the industry’s unity around the importance of aftercare and the progress and extensive resources that have come to fruition since the...

PET Imaging at UC Davis Continues Success Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning technology has now been in place at the UC Davis veterinary hospital for two years. In 2016, UC Davis became the first veterinary hospital in the world to implement an equine PET scanner, and has since added a volumetric PET/CT scanner in 2018. The program continues to expand its research and clinical applications with many exciting developments to improve equine health and performance. Read more BREAKING NEWS: UC Davis performs first ever PET scan on standing horse. CEM Quarantine Renovation The Center for Equine...

On January 30th the Bridge Club (NAVTA) held an online Q&A session regarding the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). Here are links to these discussions:  Part 1 & Part 2 They also wanted to include some key resources that were discussed, the two VNI studies as well as a great brochure that Charlotte Whack mentioned in the chat to promote veterinary technicians: http://veterinarynurse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/National-Credential-Survey-Results.pdf https://www.navta.net/page/Demographic_Survey They know there is a great deal of passion around this topic and many others in the profession. NAVTA's goal is to create a platform for people to connect, engage, learn and grow. If you...

At present, companies all over the world are busily investigating levels of involvement and satisfaction of their employees. That’s because, when it comes to corporate business success, workplace engagement is considered one of the key ingredients. However, when it comes to employee engagement in veterinary practice, we know very little. That is why researchers at Edinburgh University, in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, The Netherlands, have initiated a study, focusing on employees in equine practices across the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. We want to gain...

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency (APHIS) has reported that the Miami Animal Import Center will be temporarily closed to new arrivals of horses beginning on Jan. 19 in response to illness in a handful of horses quarantined at the facility. APHIS is investigating to determine the specific cause of illness, but salmonella is suspected, and the facility is stepping up biosecurity and taking additional precautions to prevent any further disease spread. The temporary closure is effective on Saturday, January 19, 2019. APHIS is conducting environmental testing at the facility,...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on manufacturers of animal dewormers to voluntarily modify their product labels. According to an FDA-issued press release, the request is being issued in an effort to preserve the effectiveness of drugs intended to treat certain internal parasites in livestock and horses. The agency would like the labels to include more information on antiparasitic resistance. The requested label changes are for approved antiparasitic animal drug products only, and do not relate to antimicrobial drug products or antimicrobial resistance. Unlike the antimicrobial issue, the concern over...

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