eTick.ca: An image-based online platform that quickly identifies ticks and provides distribution map updates in real time
You or a client found a tick? Wondering if it belongs to one of the handful of species that are of medical importance to pets and/or people? That's where eTick.ca comes in. eTick.ca is public platform launched by researchers at Bishop's University where people can submit a photo of a tick found on themselves, on their pets or in the environment. Ticks are then quickly identified by an expert, and a report is sent back to the submitter. This data is also used to update tick prevalence and distribution maps in real time.
CommuniVET™ would like to extend its most heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Jonas Watson, who received a World Veterinary Association (WVA) Animal Welfare Award recognizing his animal welfare work in northern Canada, Manitoba and other parts of the world. Nominated by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Watson has made philanthropy a priority throughout his career, and his acts of service have earned him this major international award. The Global Animal Welfare Awards ceremony was held on April 28, 2019, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.