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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.

Check out Veterinarians without Borders’s placement opportunities for 2018/2019!

VWB/VSF Canada is recruiting volunteers with knowledge and experience in dairy herd health, farm management, epidemiology, communications, and more!


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CUTTING-EDGE RECONSTRUCTIVE SKULL SURGERY FOR PATCHES

Innovative 3-D printed models are changing how Dr. Michelle Oblak approaches surgery for the better. As opposed to traditional scans and imagery, 3-D printed models allow her to figure out what her patient’s defect looks like and actually practise the operation on the model, not on the patient. This approach was performed for the first known time in North America on eight-year-old dachshund Patches to remove a large and aggressive cancerous growth on her skull.

NEW Feeding centre opens in WCVM Small Animal Clinic

When it’s feeding time at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Clinic, all food for hospitalized pets now comes from one place: the new Nestlé Purina Inpatient Feeding Centre.

NEW ONLINE TOOL TO SUPPORT CANADIAN VETERINARIANS IN MAKING SOUND DECISIONS ON RESPONSIBLE USE OF ANTIMICROBIALS

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) recently released an online platform, which helps Canadian veterinarians oversee the appropriate and responsible use of antimicrobials in animals. Full access to content will be granted to all licensed veterinarians in Canada until April 1, 2019.

DR. ROD JOUPPI EXPLAINS HOW THE NEW WSAVA ANIMAL WELFARE GUIDELINES ARE THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR VETERINARIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD

In this video, Canadian veterinarian, Dr. Rod Jouppi, provides a content overview of the newly released WSAVA Animal Welfare Guidelines for companion animal practitioners and veterinary teams. He discusses how these guidelines can help small animal practices promote animal wellness and build stronger relationships with their clients.

IMLocum: A MATCHMAKING PLATFORM FOR VETERINARY STAFF AND CLINICS

IMLocum is a cloud-based recruitment platform where busy veterinary clinics can post vacant shifts and staff needs in real time and where locums can gain control of their schedule, grow their careers, book shifts, and preserve their quality of life.