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ALVEOLAR ECHINOCOCCOSIS: FIRST HUMAN CASE DIAGNOSED IN QUEBEC

Last February, a first human case of Alveolar Echinococcosis (AE) was reported in Quebec. Due to the serious health issues associated with this zoonotic disease, this diagnosis calls for increased vigilance of veterinarians regarding awareness among pet owners to prevent an exposure to Echinococcus multilocularis, the parasite responsible for Alveolar Echinococcosis (AE).

DR. SCOTT WEESE TAKES THE REINS AS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND ZOONOSES

Ontario Veterinary College Professor Dr. Scott Weese is taking over as the new Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) director for a five-year term. Dr. Weese has been a part of the CPHAZ since its inception and will continue to support the centre’s collaborative and multidisciplinary One Health approach to address public health challenges at the human-animal-environmental interface. Dr. Jan Sargeant, founding director of the CPHAZ, who has concluded her 11-year tenure at the end of March, will continue to be involved in the centre as it moves forward under Dr. Weese's leadership.

CANADIAN REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS, THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND CONTEST IS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!

To celebrate how registered veterinary technicians help enhance the connection pet owners experience with their pet, Vetoquinol is very excited to launch the new Human-Animal Bond Contest. Share your stories about how you and your colleagues contribute to strengthening the human-animal relationship on a daily basis for your chance to win some great prizes.

The deadline to participate is APRIL 15, 2019.

Great job. Supportive team. Close-knit, welcoming community. Are you in?

Would you like to work in a supportive, progressive environment in which individuals are recognized for their unique contributions and are well compensated for their talent? If so, Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital, in beautiful Prince Rupert, British Columbia, would love to hear from you! They're looking for two outgoing, compassionate and dedicated veterinary professionals – an associate veterinarian and a registered veterinary technician – who enjoy practicing quality medicine in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.

GETTING PETS TRAVEL READY WITH THE NOBIVAC® TRIP PROGRAM!

Nobivac® has created the Travel and Relocation Information for Pet parents (TRIP) program that touches on various subjects to keep in mind when travelling with a cat or dog. This program provides value-added tools to assist veterinary clinics in guiding and educating pet parents on how to best prepare for a local trip, an annual vacation or a big family move.

Wanted: Clinics from all provinces to participate in a Canada-wide systematic pet tick study

March is National Tick Awareness Month (NTAM)... and an ideal time for veterinary clinics from across the country to join forces in the fight against ticks by taking part in the Canadian Pet Tick Survey, a new research initiative launched by the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. While the response from the Ontario veterinary community has been great so far (thank you!), study organizers are eager to add more clinics from all provinces to the list of participants.

Canada's pet population is growing... and so is pet owners' satisfaction with veterinarians!

Dogs and cats are now neck and neck, in terms of total numbers.... and pet owners' rating of the value they receive from veterinarians and the trust they place in clinic staff as sources of information has improved significantly since 2014. These, and other findings of a recent survey conducted by Kynetec (formerly Ipsos) on behalf of the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), represent positive indicators for the animal health industry in Canada.

A recently published study shows Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworms are now established in wild canids in parts of Ontario

In a study recently published in Emerging Infectious Diseases (Kotwa et al. 2019), fecal samples were collected from 460 wild canids in Ontario. An astounding 23% of these samples tested positive for E. multilocularis, with infection concentrated most heavily in the western-central part of the province.

FEEDING INTO CATS’ NORMAL BEHAVIOUR

The American Association of Feline Practitioners’ new How to Feed a Cat Consensus Statement: "Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing" explores the medical, social and emotional problems that can result from the manner in which most cats are currently fed. Its purpose is to advise the veterinary community and cat owners about the ways cats naturally feed, and to recommend how to feed a cat to optimally satisfy its behavioural needs.

DR. CHARLIE PYE: THE ATLANTIC VETERINARY COLLEGE’S FIRST FULL-TIME VETERINARY DERMATOLOGIST

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) has recently welcomed Dr. Charlie Pye as its full-time veterinary dermatologist. Considering the growing number of skin-related cases at the veterinary hospital, her joining the AVC team provides support to animals suffering from often complex skin conditions that can be challenging to treat. Her presence also helps veterinary students gain extra knowledge to use in their future practice.