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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.

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!


Read more to see how you can make a difference!

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.