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Local veterinarians aim to increase diversity in the field – WJBF-TV

Saturday, October 17th, 2020


Local veterinarian Dr. Linsay Barnes saw a lack of diversity in the veterinary medicine field early in her career.

I was the only African American and the only African American female in my class, Barnes said.

In vet school she was the only minority in a class of 92 students.

This is a field for all. It just hasnt been represented that way, but it is a field for all, Barnes said.

The lack of diversity in the field led Dr. Ian Scholer, a veterinarian at Hill Top Animal Hospital in Augusta, and his wife, a teacher, to want to increase diversity in the veterinary industry.

Their organization Vets of all Colors partners with schools, in hopes of giving students an opportunity to know more about veterinary medicine and provide scholarship opportunities.

Kendra Collins is in the program, she says its a chance to see more students that look like her pursue vet medicine as a career.

There isnt a lot of African Americans in this profession so I guess it can be a little bit intimidating, but with more people it seems better and more welcoming, Collins said.

Opening doors for minorities and getting the money to help them achieve their dreams is the highest priority.

If were able to get some funding out to help these students move into that field then thats wonderful, Barnes said.

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Veterinary organizations take diversity- and equity-related action – American Veterinary Medical Association

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Several veterinary organizations and associations released statements in recent months in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as in response to the recent killings and shootings of Black individuals by police, including George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Breonna Taylor, among many others, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Since then, several organizations have transformed those statements into action.

The AVMA was working to establish a diversity, equity, and inclusion commission as of press time in early October. The Association is collaborating with key stakeholders to build a strategy and identify goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the veterinary profession.

The AVMA also is in the process of hiring an outside consultant to support and advance its DEI initiatives. This summer, the AVMA created a new websiteto help members more easily access the organizations resources and policies regarding DEI. And in August, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation joined Hills Pet Nutrition in endowing a new scholarship program for veterinary students at Tuskegee University, which is a historically Black university.

Your courage will inspire action. This conversation should not end here. This is not a moment. This is a movement to change society.

Dr. Ruby Perry, dean, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges also announced it was establishing a working group to focus on strategies, such as scholarships or faculty and student exchange programs, to improve outreach and collaboration with minority-serving institutions. The association is in the process of naming and defining the strategy of the group.

As previously reported by JAVMA News, a number of historically Black colleges and universities offer veterinary- or animal-related undergraduate degrees.

The AAVMC has been leading diversity efforts over the past 15 years with such initiatives as DiVersity Matters, its Diversity and Inclusion on Air podcast, and, most recently, Diversity Community Reads, a book club designed to facilitate learning around DEI issues in veterinary education.

Lisa Greenhill, EdD, senior director for institutional research and diversity at the AAVMC, said in September that the applicant pool is increasingly diverse, but there is still a lot of progress to be made.

During its Pet Healthcare Industry Summit, held virtually Sept. 14-15, Banfield Pet Hospital announced the creation of the Diversify Veterinary Medicine Coalition and the launch of a $125,000 gift to Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine for the Banfield and Royal Canin Student Support Fund.

The coalition will focus on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion among veterinary professionals. The scholarship will support Tuskegee veterinary students who have financial need. Tuskegee is a historically Black university and, according to the veterinary college, has educated more than 70% of the nations African American veterinarians.

Brian Garish, president at Banfield, said the company is shifting to being activists and taking action.

Banfield is committed to partnering with the veterinary industry to ensure the talent pipeline grows and diversifies to meet the evolving needs of pets, people, and society, Garish said in a press release.

Members of the coalition include Boehringer Ingelheim, Mars Veterinary Health, Royal Canin, Antech Diagnostics, the National Association of Black Veterinarians, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the Multicultural VMA. The coalition will complement the work of the commission being established by the AVMA, the AAVMC, the Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and others that will aim to drive equity, diversity, and inclusion across the profession.

Banfield is also pledging to make a $1 million investment in DEI efforts to increase representation, training, and support to improve the diversity pipeline.

We are the least diverse of the health care professions, said Dr. Molly McAllister, chief medical officer at Banfield. There is no way to sugarcoat this. We are at a tipping point.

A panel discussion during the Pet Healthcare Industry Summit focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of Tuskegees veterinary college, said if a person is going to make an impact, she has to have courage.

Your courage will inspire action, she said. This conversation should not end here. This is not a moment. This is a movement to change society.

Every child should be able to see themselves among veterinarians, said Dr. Sandra San Miguel, founder and leader of the League of VetaHumanz from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. The League of VetaHumanz program defines a VetaHuman as a human being with superpowers who protects animal and public health; synonym: veterinarian.

The program will focus on expanding role models to reach children who may not have veterinarians in their lives by creating a global and inclusive Veterinary Superhero League. VetaHumanz in academia, practice, research, government, and industry engage K-12 students by creating and delivering resources focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.

VetaHumanz builds on the This is How We Role program, which started 11 years ago. Some of the resources include the SuperPower Packs, which are in development and will contain a game focused on veterinary medicine; collectible cards of role models; a cape; and a shield.

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Dr. Willie Reed, dean of Purdues veterinary college, also spoke during the panel at the Pet Healthcare Industry Summit. He said there is still work to be done.

We have made some progress, but we have so far yet to go. It cant just be the colleges doing this alone, Dr. Reed said. We need the entire veterinary profession to say this is not acceptable and we have to do better.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the title of Brian Garish.

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Veterinary Medicine Market (2020-2026) | Where Should Participant Focus To Gain Maximum ROI | Exclusive Report By DataIntelo – PRnews Leader

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Veterinary Medicine Market Forecast 2020-2026

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Washington State’s Veterinary Association Announces Annual Award Winners – Daily Record-News

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

SNOQUALMIE, Wash., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) held the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Oct. 2 Oct 4 in a virtual, online platform, a change from the usual face-to-face meetings that took place pre-pandemic. Veterinarians, veterinary staff, and citizens were honored at WSVMA's award ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 2.

Dr. Brian Joseph, State Veterinarian at the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, Olympia, WA, received the 2020 Veterinarian of the Year Award. The award is presented in recognition of an outstanding career in veterinary medicine and contributions made to their practice, stakeholders, and other service directly benefitting their community. Dr. Joseph is an exceptional and compassionate leader with an esteemed career in many facets of veterinary medicine, including aquatic and zoo medicine, agriculture, and as a leader in the U.S. Army Reserve Veterinary Corp. His depth of knowledge combined with his incomparable character has inspired the men and women under his leadership, led to the improved health of animals and the public, and has positively impacted the many communities he's served. As Washington's "State Veterinarian," he not only works to prevent animal disease and protect food safety, but inspires many within the veterinary community and the public.

Dr. Ron Wohrle, Washington's former State Public Health Veterinarian from Puyallup, WA, received the 2020 Distinguished Achievement award. The award was presented to recognize Dr. Wohrle's dedication and outstanding contributions not only to veterinary medicine but to the citizens of Washington and beyond through his work in environmental public health. His expertise and wisdom combined with his unwavering commitment to One Health has created a safer Washington for animals and people in the protection from zoonotic diseases such as rabies, leptospirosis, and many others. His leadership in combatting antimicrobial resistance led to statewide efforts that brought together health experts from across professions and raised awareness in order to protect Washington citizens, animals and the environment against drug-resistant infections.

Dr. Katie Kuehl, Clinical Instructor and Medical Director for the Shelter Medicine program and the Seattle One Health Clinic in Seattle at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine was awarded the 2020 WSU Faculty Member of the Year Award. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, and passion have created rewarding and critical learning experiences for veterinary students, and her work with animals owned by people experiencing homelessness has created a healthier community in and around Seattle.

Benita Altier, LVT, VTS (Dentistry), Easton, WA, licensed veterinary technician and dentistry specialist technician at Pawsitive Dental Education, LLC, received the 2020 Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award. Ms. Altier is recognized for her exceptional leadership in veterinary dentistry and radiography through her education of veterinary technicians, which has led to the improved care of cats and dogs.

Ann Graves, Director of the Seattle Animal Shelter, was presented the 2020 WSVMA Humane Animal Welfare Award in recognition of her advancement of animal welfare and community wellbeing through her extraordinary career within animal welfare and shelter organizations.

Dr. Shlomo Frieman and Allon Freiman, from Petriage in Bellevue, WA, received the 2020 Allied Industry Partner Award in recognition of their exceptional service to the veterinary profession through their online tele-triage service that connects pet parents with their veterinarian and helps them assess the urgency for veterinary care.

The WSVMA is a statewide, not-for-profit, professional organization for the benefit of veterinary medicine. The WSVMA has over 1,900 members, representing veterinarians, veterinary students and a broad spectrum of veterinary practice. The Association's mission is to "advance the cause of veterinary medicine to better the lives of those touched by it." Visit the WSVMA Web site,, to learn more about the association, veterinary medicine, and animal care.

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American Association of Avian Pathologists – American Veterinary Medical Association

Saturday, October 17th, 2020


Virtual annual meeting, July 30-Aug. 6

Lasher-Bottorff AwardDr. Eric Gingerich (Purdue 77), Zionsville, Indiana, in recognition of an avian diagnostician or technical service veterinarian who has made important contributions to the poultry health program in North America over the past 10 years. Dr. Gingerich serves as a technical poultry specialist for Diamond V. He is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry ResearchMark Jackwood, PhD, Watkinsville, Georgia, for sustained excellence in poultry disease and health for 20 years or more. Dr. Jackwood earned his doctorate in 1985 from The Ohio State University. He is head of the Department of Population Health and the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jackwood also serves as the J.R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine at the veterinary college. He is known for his expertise on infectious bronchitis virus, Bordetella avium rhinotracheitis of turkeys, mycoplasmosis, infectious laryngotracheitis, Newcastle disease, Pasteurella multocida, and infectious bursal disease.

Outstanding Field Case and/or Diagnostic Report AwardDr. Geoffrey Lossie (Purdue 14), Lafayette, Indiana. A diplomate of the ACPV, Dr. Lossie is a clinical assistant professor at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also serves as an avian pathology diagnostician at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

P.P. Levine AwardDr. John R. Dunn (Michigan State 03), Athens, Georgia, won this award, presented to the senior author of the best paper published in the journal Avian Diseases. Dr. Dunn is a research leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Services National Poultry Research Center.

AAAP Special Service Award and Excellence in Mentorship AwardDr. Mark Bland (Oregon State 87), Napa, California. A past president of the AAAP, Dr. Bland serves as a poultry veterinarian consultant for Cutler Associates International. He was recognized for his dedication to the poultry industry and for his mentorship of students through the associations preceptorship program.

Reed Rumsey Student AwardDrs. Ana da Silva, Davis, California, and Amir Ghorbani, Wooster, Ohio. Dr. da Silva won in the category of clinical research in avian medicine. She received her veterinary degree in 2010 from Federal University of Parana in Brazil. Dr. Ghorbani won in the category of basic research in avian medicine. He received his veterinary degree in 2012 from Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, in Iran.

A.S. Rosenwald Student Poster AwardDr. Victor Palomino-Tapia, Calgary, Alberta, won in the category of applied research. Dr. Palomino-Tapia received his veterinary degree in 2007 from National University of San Marcos in Peru. Dr. Mohammadreza Ehsan, Athens, Georgia, won in the category of basic research. Dr. Ehsan received his veterinary degree in 2013 from Islamic Azad University, Garmsar Branch, in Iran and earned his doctorate in bordetellosis in 2017 from the University of Tehran in Iran.

Hall of Honor InducteesDrs. Lisa Nolan (Georgia 88), Watkinsville, Georgia; Patricia Dunn (Wisconsin 89), Port Matilda, Pennsylvania; and Patricia Wakenell (Michigan State 77), West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Nolan earned her doctorate in 1992 in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia. She serves as the Georgia Athletics Association Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. A diplomate of the ACPV, Dr. Dunn serves as an avian diagnostic pathologist and field investigator with the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Wakenell earned her doctorate in 1985 from Michigan State University. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, she is a professor emerita of poultry medicine at Purdue University, where she was head of avian diagnostics at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory from 2008-19.

AAAP Life Member AwardDr. John Glisson (Georgia 80), Watkinsville, Georgia, in recognition of his outstanding service to the poultry industry. Dr. Glisson earned his doctorate in medical microbiology in 1985 from the University of Georgia. He spent his academic career at the university and served as vice president of research at the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association prior to retirement.

Dr. David Frame, Ephraim, Utah, president; Dr. Louise Dufour-Zavala, Gainesville, Georgia, president-elect; Dr. Eric Jensen, Huntsville, Alabama, immediate past president; Dr. Suzanne Dougherty, Elkmont, Alabama, executive vice president; Dr. Holly Sellers, Athens, Georgia, associate director; Kelly Hewitt, Ames, Iowa, student director; and directorsDrs. K.A. Ton Schat, Ithaca, New York; Samuel Christenberry, Cullman, Alabama; Michelle Kromm, Wilmar, Minnesota; Julie Helm, Columbia, South Carolina; Karen Grogan, Dacula, Georgia; and Rosemary Marusak, Chetek, Wisconsin

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Petco Foundation Continues Commitment to Fund Pet Cancer Treatment at Top US Universities and Expands Initiative to Support Other Critical Pet Health…

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

"Pet cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats, and a devastating diagnosis for pet parents who cannot afford treatment for their pets. With all the strides being made in the veterinary oncology field increasing treatment options for our pets, our goal is to make these lifesaving treatments available to more pets and their pet parents," said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. "University treatment funds to support pet cancer did not universally exist prior to our creation of this support. Not only are these funds changing the lives of pets and pet parents, but it is improving the outlook for our veterinarian professionals who can help even more pets when costs might otherwise preclude such treatment."

The National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research estimates 6 million dogs and nearly the same number of cats are impacted by cancer each year.

"Blue Buffalo has been committed to fighting pet cancer since our inception," said Danielle Donegan, Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Retail Activation at Blue Buffalo. "We are proud of the collaborative efforts together with Petco and the Petco Foundation to raise funds, increase awareness and help pet parents and their pets in the fight against pet cancer."

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, representatives from Petco, Petco Foundation, and Blue Buffalo toured the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine's Oncology Center and discussed the continued need for this lifesaving support. At the conclusion, Kogut and Petco CEO Ron Coughlin presented LSU School of Veterinary Medicine with $75,000 for the continuation of the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo pet cancer treatment fund. LSU is one of 11 universities to be awarded an additional $75,000 this fall including: Colorado State University Foundation, Cornell Veterinary College, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, Ohio State University Foundation, Texas A&M University, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee Foundation and University of Wisconsin Foundation.

The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Blue Buffalo, are continuing their annual campaign to raise funds for pet cancer but expanding efforts to include raising funds for other critical pet health care needs. According to a studyby theUniversity of Tennessee's Access to Veterinary Care, an estimated 29 million dogs and cats live in households that rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Seventy-four percent ofpetowners reported not being able to afford sick care, with middle class participants as likely to cite financial barriers as lower-income participants. From now through October 25, the public can help pets receive treatment for pet cancer and other lifesaving care by donating at Petco or online at

To learn more about the Petco Foundation and its efforts to provide lifesaving treatment to pets, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

About the Petco Foundation At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.Since 1999, we've invested more than $280 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. We also partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we've helped more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we're just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

About Blue Buffalo Company Based in Wilton, CT, Blue Buffalo is the nation's leading natural pet food company, and provides natural foods and treats for dogs and cats under its BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. Paying tribute to its founding mission, the company is a leading sponsor of pet cancer awareness and critical studies of pet cancer, health, treatment and nutrition at top veterinary medical schools across the United States. For more information about Blue Buffalo, visit

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DTC dog food brands are on the rise: What to know – NBC News

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) pet brands and subscription services have been on the rise over the last year, and one takeaway from shoppers is a litany of ever increasing options when it comes to finding the best dog food for their dogs. And while a canine companion can generally help you unwind and relieve stress, whether youre pent up working from home or sheltering from Covid-19, youre probably spending more time together these days and you may be left wanting to reward them for their company or improving their health otherwise. One way to indulge your dog (and really anyone) is through elevating their food. Sundays, a direct-to-consumer dog food brand, claims to be healthier than kibble and easier to prepare than some of its human-grade food counterparts it aims to fill a void between the affordable dry dog food on one end and the high quality and high-priced elevated dog food on the other.


The DTC brand launched in early August, joining other newcomers in the dog food space this year like Tailored and Jinx, as well as older companies like Nom Nom and The Farmers Dog. If youre on the market for a new dog food or like to stay updated on your options, eyeing the many new ones available to you from bestsellers at Petsmart, Chewy, Petco, Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers to direct-to-consumer options there are some things youll want to consider. To help guide your shopping through some of those young brands, we consulted experts and veterinarians on what to know before buying food directly from a brand.

I like to joke that the reason Sundays exists is because a software engineer married a veterinarian.

Michael Waxman, Co-Founder and CEO, Sundays

I like to joke that the reason Sundays exists is because a software engineer married a veterinarian, said Michael Waxman, an engineer and the co-founder and CEO of Sundays, referencing his partner and wife Tory Waxman, VMD, the companys co-founder and chief veterinary officer. The duo says they created Sundays in order to offer pet owners an option between kibble and top-shelf dog food. We would do literally anything for our dogs except prepare their food for an hour or two, Waxman said, alluding to another value he hopes Sundays will offer: speed and simplicity.

The Sundays dog food formula is composed of more than 90 percent meat, for protein, as well as a variety of fruits, vegetables and natural oils for their respective antioxidants and digestive properties, among other nutrients. Air dried and shipped to your door, Sundays veers away from the need to can or refrigerate its elevated kibble.

That same air-drying procedure leaves Sundays with a jerky-like texture. According to the company, the food has been tested to meet both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standard of fit for human consumption, as well as similar standards from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The food, made in a USDA-monitored kitchen, includes USDA beef composed of different beef parts: beef heart, beef liver and beef bone. Sundays also throws in grains and other ingredients for flavor and health benefits: quinoa, pumpkin, wild salmon oil, kale, turmeric and more. The brand notes its food is completely free of synthetics.

Although there is currently only one recipe, Waxman says that different dogs should consume it in different portions. To help you find the right amount for your dog, Sundays offers up a simple quiz, in which pet owners provide answers regarding their dogs age, breed and other factors. Additionally, Waxman says Sundays hopes to launch a second recipe later this year, but plans to stray from offering too many choices.

While DTC brands are on the rise, many veterinarians still see kibble as an important part of dogs diet. For dogs, the main benefit to being on a commercially-prepared dry dog food is that they are eating a complete and balanced diet, Kristin Neuhauser, DVM, of Noahs Ark Animal Clinic, previously told NBC News Shopping. Something to look out for when shopping for any dog food is that it meets nutrient standards set by organizations such as AAFCO. If not [complete and balanced] then theres vitamins and minerals that need to be added, said Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, a professor of Sections of Clinical Nutrition and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. I, as a veterinarian nutritionist, feel much more comfortable [knowing] a product has met AAFCO specifications. Still, the type of diet and dog food may vary from pet owner to pet owner depending on a variety of factors, from convenience and price to the ingredients used, their nutritional value and otherwise. To give you an idea of other DTC dog food brands out there, here some of the top options.

The Farmers Dog meals are formulated by the companys veterinarian nutritionists to meet AAFCO nutrition standards and include human-grade, USDA meat and vegetables. They are exempt from chicken or other meals, natural or artificial preservatives and dont include any kibble and come pre-made and pre-portioned. The beef option is made of USDA beef, sweet potato, lentils, kale and more. Although your dogs meal plan is determined by a quiz, The Farmers Dog also sells a Turkey, Chicken or Pork option.

Unlike some of the above DTC counterparts, Jinx offers kibble. The recipes are designed by a team of veterinary scientists and nutritionists, meet AAFCO standards and are third party tested. This Chicken/Brown Rice recipe also includes eggs, avocado, patented probiotics, grain and more. Youll also find other recipes, including Salmon/Brown Rice and Chicken/Sweet Potato. And since were all snacking more these days, check out their dog treats.

Nom Nom meals use only USDA-grade A proteins and vegetables, and are created by Justin Shmalberg, DVM to the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Food Nutrient Profiles, according to the company. The meals come in options for dogs or cats and, according to the company, ship cold, fresh and pre-portioned. The Beef Mash recipe includes beef, potatoes, eggs, carrots and more. Youll also find other flavors, including Chicken Chow, Pork Potluck and Turkey Fare. Plus, you can try a variety pack to see which option your pet gravitates to most.

Pet Plate meals meet AAFCO nutrition standards in terms of protein, fat, minerals, vitamins and more, and are formulated by Renee Streeter, DVM, DACVN, a veterinary nutritionist. The meals are human-grade, dont include artificial ingredients and are USDA-certified. According to the company, they are hot-sealed and flash frozen for safety and freshness. This beef option features ground beef, sweet potatoes, beef liver, carrots and more. You can also choose from a variety of flavors including Chompin Chicken, Lip Lickin Lamb and Tail Waggin Turkey.

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Cancer database changes the game for exotic pets and wildlife – Jill Lopez

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

The lion had lymphoma, andTara Harrisonwas told there was nothing that could be done.

Harrison thought differently.

I said, OK, great. Lets treat him. Then I found out no one had ever done that, says Harrison. They said, Hes old. Hes lived his life. Just euthanize him. I thought, but why? Why?

That was Harrisons first major case working at a zoo. Fifteen years later, the experience continues to motivate the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor. During her five years at the CVM, while treating a wide variety of exotic species from ferrets and bearded dragons to anteaters and porcupines, Harrison has been compiling a database of cancer cases seen in zoological medicine.

Harrison methodically tracks types of cancer, treatment plans and outcomes from data collected from private practices, zoos and other institutions. Its the only database of its kind in the world and already has hundreds of entries.

The database broadens scientific knowledge on cancers existing in zoological medicine, a broad term that covers exotic, nontraditional pets, animals under human care at zoos and those in the wild. Each case added to the database sheds much-needed light, faint or bright, on the cancers animals get and how they get them.

Refining an understanding of cancer in animals has tremendous potential to help treat cancer in humans, whose genetic makeup is vastly similar to other mammals. The cancer database is run in partnership with Ashley Zehnder, a former colleague of Harrisons at the University of California, Davis. Zehnder is the cofounder and the CEO of FaunaBio, a San Francisco-area company developing therapies based on comparative genomics to improve human and animal health.

When we have new students entering our exotic animal service rotation at the CVM, I tell them that I want to cure cancer, says Harrison. Its a lofty goal, obviously, but I think every little bit helps. If we understand cancer in other animals, understand the treatments and understand the genetics behind it, I think that will get us closer to it.

Harrisons focus is leading to even more groundbreaking work. In December, she was the only veterinarian on a research team that traveled to Kenya to investigate cancer in wild animals, a collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service and their mobile veterinary unit including KWS forensics director Moses Otiende, veterinarian Dominic Mijele, graduate student Samuel Omolo and Hastings Ozwara from the Institute of Primate Research, based in Nairobi.

The wildlife cancer study is led by a consortium of researchers working with the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE) at Arizona State University. It is funded by a supplemental and pilot grant from the National Institutes of Health and partly by the Wildlife Conservation Observatory Network.

The ACE research group that traveled to Kenya represents a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional approach to addressing animal and human cancer.

Amy Boddy is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lisa Abegglen is an assistant professor of pediatric hematology and oncology at the University of Utahs Huntsman Cancer Institute. Valerie Harris is a Ph.D. graduate student and Diego Mallo is a postdoctoral student, both at ASU, while Kathleen Noble is a laboratory specialist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

The group is currently analyzing cancer in wildlife data and a research paper is in the works. They hope to return to Kenya to continue to collect data in other wild species, says Harrison.

Cancer in wildlife has long been thought of as a disease of captivity, because animals dont live as long in the wild and perhaps dont live long enough to get cancer, says Harrison, who has a masters in veterinary epidemiology in addition to a DVM. Or cancer was seen in the wild as only being associated with toxic oil spills or pollution or viruses.

Its the groups first big foray into uncovering whats causing cancer in the wild, what kind of cancers are out there and how these cancers affect survival.

Cancer treatment for exotic pets and wild animal species has come a long way, even since Harrison worked with that first lion not-so long ago. As cancer treatment for pets such as dogs and cats have become commonplace and increasingly successful, zoological medicine has followed the lead. Since fewer exotic species were being seen by veterinarians in the past, cancer diagnosis and treatment often came too late if at all, says Harrison.

When we have new students entering our exotic animal service rotation, I tell them that I want to cure cancer, says Harrison. If we understand cancer in other animals, I think that will get us closer to it.

Now, more exotic pets are being seen for annual health exams, including at the NC State Veterinary Hospital. Large zoos and aquariums often have full-time veterinarians on staff, and they also often call veterinarians like Harrison for treatment consultations.

Though collecting cancer data from wildlife is challenging and most of Harrisons cancer database information comes from exotic pet cases and animals in zoos, the information already has potential to guide treatments for similar cancers in wildlife.

Cancer doesnt have to mean the end, says Harrison. As veterinarians, it doesnt have to mean you stop. This feels like a new beginning. We can do something about this, and we will.

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Colorado: Institute of Cannabis Research Series Launches With CBD and Dogs – Cannabis Wire

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

As one of the first two states in the United States to legalize cannabis, Colorado has been at the forefront of research. The Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State University Pueblo has just kicked off a series of virtual events during which researchers discuss their work, and where research is headed.

The first such webinar featured Stephanie McGrath, an associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She focused her presentation on her work covering the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for dogs that have seizure disorders, and how glioma cancer cells in dogs respond to CBD treatment.

The next CU Pueblo research webinar will feature David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health, and will focus on the National Institute of Healths interest in cannabis research.

(Read Cannabis Wires previous coverage of research out of Baylor College of Medicine, within the Texas Medical Center, on the therapeutic potential of CBD for dogs experiencing pain from arthritis.)

Like many medical professionals, McGrath didnt enter medical school with a decision on which path shed like to pursue, but she eventually settled on neurology. McGrath referred to epilepsy in dogs, the most common neurologic disorder in canines, as an eye opener that hit home, because existing treatments seemed inadequate, she said.

Until you witness this, its really hard to appreciate what owners are going through, McGrath said, referencing dogs undergoing grand mal seizures. But when youre looking at this dogs eyes and youre looking into the eyes of this family that are going through this very emotional, very traumatic and violent disease, she said, you connect to the real emotional aspect of it like this.

While McGrath completed her residency in Colorado, legal adult use cannabis sales were taking off. McGrath referenced Charlotte Figi, a young girl whose family moved her to Colorado for access to CBD to treat her seizures. (Figi, who became internationally known for helping to catalyze the CBD-as-medicine movement, died in April). Watching the Sanjay Gupta special on Figi and CBD on CNN, McGrath wondered if CBD might have the same seizure-reducing effects on dogs.

I went through school knowing marijuana is toxic for dogs. Its terrible. Dont use it. Stay away from it. We see marijuana toxicosis in our emergency rooms, McGrath said.

McGrath began her research on CBD at CSU under the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed for states to launch hemp pilot programs. Hemp is abundant in CBD. But, she said, her work became easier when lawmakers passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp, defined as cannabis plants containing .3% THC or less, from the list of controlled substances.

I think its made it a lot easier for collaborators and other researchers and scientists to start exploring cannabis at their institutions as well, which is great, McGrath said. She added that her own research began, in some senses at ground zero, because there were so few studies on dogs and CBD that could serve as a starting point for additional work.

We had essentially no foundation for using this drug despite it being around forever. And so we had a lot of questions about bioavailability, whether this drug would even be absorbed, she said.

McGrath started with a pharmacokinetic study during which 30 dogs were given three different CBD formulations. The dogs received a six-week course of two doses daily. The beagles used for the study were research animals that were purpose-bred for pharmacokinetic studies and that are adopted out once they reach middle age. Researchers looked for safety, drug tolerance, and any major adverse effects.

It was very encouraging that at least we had a foundation, somewhere to go with this, McGrath said, referencing that the oral preparations were at least measurable in the dogs blood streams. Fortunately for adverse events, those were also fairly well-tolerated, she said. The only major side effect was diarrhea, which was transient, but it did occur in all dogs at all dosages at various time points. There also was an elevation in one of the liver enzymes, alkaline phosphatase, and while the researchers didnt have concerns related to short-term liver toxicity concerns, that was definitely something we noted and wanted to continue to monitor.

Overall, McGrath said, she felt that this studys results would allow her to proceed to clinical trials in client-owned animals, starting with epilepsy. Her first effort was on the short-term effect of CBD on seizure frequency in dogs suffering from poorly-controlled idiopathic epilepsy. A total of sixteen dogs participated in this study, a limitation with such a small cohort, with nine in the treatment group and seven in the control group. All of these dogs had a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy, and they all had to remain on their standard anticonvulsant treatment during the three-month study. Researchers then added either CBD to the treatment regimen, or a placebo.

We did see a significant reduction in seizure frequency in the treatment group as compared with the control group, McGrath said. But, she added, when they looked at responders, a common way of recording antiepileptic drug efficacy, they wanted the dogs to have at least a 50 percent reduction in seizure activity, which didnt happen.

We concluded from this study that, although we did get some encouraging results, theres still a lot more work to be done, she said.

McGrath said the most interesting part of the study, to her, was that she saw a significant correlation between plasma level and seizure change.

As the dogs, that for whatever reason, metabolize the drug in such a way that they reached higher plasma levels, they actually had a further decrease in seizure activity than dogs that never reach that level. And so seeing that correlation really gave me a lot of hope that if we can get more dogs sort of across the arbitrary threshold, that we may be able to see better, more positive results, McGrath said.

McGraths next clinical study was funded by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, and was much larger, with 60 dogs. It was a prospective double blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. The dogs in the study received either CBD or placebo in the first phase, and then CBD or placebo for the second phase.

It gives us a bit more of a powerful study because each dog is able to be compared to itself as well as the treatment group and the control group, she said. For this study, CBG was also added, and doses were increased in an effort to get more dogs into a higher-level plasma range. During the course of this study, Epidiolex, a CBD-based cannabis plant extract, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which McGrath and her team started using as part of the study.

Spoiler alert: I do not have results of the study yet, McGrath said. She and her team wrapped up enrollment last month, and the last dog is expected to finish in March, allowing them to publish results sometime next year.

Overall, we didnt see any clinical signs that were of concern. We are also measuring antiepileptic drug levels throughout the studies. So we are going to also assess whether CBD has any effect on raising or lowering the antiepileptic drug levels as well, she said.

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College of Veterinary Medicine to host diversity and inclusion summit – WSU News

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine is virtually hosting the 2020 Western Regional Iverson Bell Summit Oct.2325.

The conference has promoted diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine for more than 40years.

This is WSUs first year hosting the event; private practice veterinarians, faculty, staff and veterinary students from the western region are expected to attend via Zoom.

The event is named after Iverson Bell, an African American veterinarian and vicepresident of the American Veterinary Medical Association from 1971 to 1973.

Dr.Bell was a civic leader in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he owned a small veterinary practice. He was prominently known for his professionalism, leadership and promoting equal opportunity.

Were happy and proud to host this event in Dr.Bells name, said Dori Borjesson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. In order to drive the veterinary profession forward we need to hear from everyone, which means everyone needs to be represented.

The theme of the event is TripleA (Access, Ability and Allyship): Your Map to Wellness, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The conference was first hosted by the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972.

The summit was hosted by Bells almamater, Michigan State University, and Purdue University, where he lectured for several decades, until it was opened for other veterinary colleges in 2016.

This years featured speakers include: Jen Brandt, the director of member wellbeing, inclusion, and diversity initiatives at the American Veterinary Medical Association; Lisa Greenhill, senior director for Institutional Research and Diversity at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges; Christine Jenkins, vicepresident of Veterinary Medical Services & Outcomes Research at ZoetisInc.; and Gretchen Delcambre, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine director of admissions.

Visit the summit website to view the agenda and to register.

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How coronavirus changed the way veterinary medicine is practiced – WDJT

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- When you take your pet to see the veterinarian, it might look a lot like when you see the doctor.

There is now more curbside visits, telemedicine, and social distancing.

Doctor Dana Varble, the chief veterinary officer of the North American Veterinary Community, joins CBS 58 Morning News to discuss these changes.

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Black bear burned in North Complex fire released back to wild – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

A 10-year-old black bear burned in the North Complex fire has been released back into the wild after an innovative treatment helped heal his scorched feet, wildlife veterinarians said.

Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found the 370-pound bear in mid-September near the town of Berry Creek in Butte County, where the North Complex blaze has burned more than 318,000 acres since igniting Aug. 18. All four of the animals paw pads had been burned and he was unable to walk on his own.

After tranquilizing the bear, officials transported him to the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory in Rancho Cordova, where he was evaluated by Fish and Wildlife veterinarians Deana Clifford and Emma Lantz. His lungs were damaged from smoke inhalation, his paws were badly burned and he had a minor eye injury.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarian Emma Lantz sutures sterilized tilapia skins onto the burned paw pads of a black bear, after medications had been applied.

(Kirsten Macintyre / Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Paw pad injuries are common for animals in wildfires, Clifford said, noting that when the tender tissue is damaged, it can present significant problems.

Thats the challenge, she said. If they cant walk, they cant find water and they cant find prey. ... They become stuck.

The bears rescue was the result of a partnership between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, which banded together in the midst of Californias worst-ever wildfire season to find and treat animals injured by flames. Dubbed the Wildfire Disaster Network, the group comprises veterinarians, wildlife biologists, ecologists, trained animal care volunteers and rehabilitation centers.

Under the direction of Jamie Peyton, the chief of service at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the bear was given a suite of treatments, including pain medication, fluids, infrared lasers and anti-inflammatory salve. The animal also received an innovative treatment involving the use of tilapia skins as natural bandages for its paw pads.

Afterward, he was kept in a quiet enclosure for several days and monitored around-the-clock with a remote camera. The bears appetite remained healthy throughout recovery, and he even put on weight, but officials were eager to take him home.

These are free-ranging animals that have never been in a cage, Clifford said, and so this is not an ideal situation for them. What is ideal is for us to get them back in the wild.

On Oct. 5, staff deemed the bear ready for release, and wildlife biologist Henry Lomeli transported him back to Butte County. Lomeli chose a site within 25 miles of his home range but safe from the wildfires path.

The bear quickly ran back into the wilderness and even managed to pull off his tracking collar along the way.

He was the first of several animal patients this year. The Wildfire Disaster Network is now treating a female mountain lion from the Bobcat fire in Los Angles County that arrived on Sept. 21, and a 520-pound bear from the Zogg fire in Shasta County that arrived Sept. 30.

Its likely that we will receive more wildlife with burns, Clifford said. We are only halfway through the regular fire season.

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NL Veterinary Medical Association Speaking Out About Mental Health in Profession – VOCM

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

(Photo: Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador)

The president of the local veterinary association is speaking out about mental health and the stress faced in the profession following a recent case on the provinces west coast.

The College of Veterinarians is conducting an investigation into the actions of an area vet surrounding a dog that died due to an apparent lack of veterinary care. The incident resulted in an uproar on social media, prompting the president of the NL Veterinary Medical Association to speak out.

This afternoon I spent 40 minutes speaking with a fellow veterinary professional who couldn't stop crying because of the horrible things being said about her work place online that are based on half truths and full lies.

Maggie BB (@dottiemaggie) October 2, 2020

Dr. Maggie Brown-Bury says while shes limited in what she can say because of the ongoing investigation, she does say that suicide rates among vets are high. She believes no one gets into veterinary medicine if they dont love animals, and hearing negative commentary in a compassionate profession wears you down.

Brown-Bury fears the reality of veterinary medicine, including being on-call, may prevent new practitioners from entering the field, often in the very places where theyre needed the most. She says on-call is not a sustainable lifestyle for many people and thats okay, but it could prevent new recruits from taking on veterinary practice especially in rural areas.

This afternoon I spent 40 minutes speaking with a fellow veterinary professional who couldn't stop crying because of the

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Weimer seeking third term on school board | Garrett Clipper –

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

GARRETT Dr. Danny E. Dan Weimer, 50, is seeking a third term on the Garrett-Keyser-Butler school board, representing the City of Garrett.

Weimer graduated from Garrett High School in 1988, Purdue University in 1992 and the Ross School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.

He has worked at the Garrett Veterinary Hospital since 1998, and is now the owner of the practice.

Weimer has served in volunteer and leadership roles in the community, including 10 years as board member and officer of the Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center. In addition, he helped create the Garrett Education Foundation and currently serves as board member and officer.

Weimer also represents the school board on Garrett-Keyser-Butler Building Trades committee.

He is especially excited about the six acres of land donated to the building trades program which is being developed into Brennan Estates, the first school-owned subdivision in the state. Students have already begun construction on the first of nine homes to be built on the property, and Weimer is proud of what is going on with the project.

He has served eight years on the school board and serves as its secretary, along with multiple Garrett youth athletic teams.

His no. one reason to seek re-election is for the kids in the Garrett community.

Being a father of two, who were and are very active in the athletics that go on with school and the city, I got to know many of these kids, Weimer said. We have a bunch of good ones, and that makes it easy to want to support them.

Secondly, he wants to support staff and administration.

Ive gotten to know almost all of them, grew up with a few of them, and have befriended most of them, Weimer said.

I have been in and around the school for the past 14 years with my kids. Ive seen and also heard multiple comments that our administration team (all of them), our teachers, the school hospital staff, the kitchen staff and the janitors go way out of their way to make sure our school is safe and conducive to the best possible education for our kids. This makes supporting them pretty simple, he added.

Finally, this community in whole is pretty special, Weimer said. We are not perfection, but try hard every day to be the best and I truly feel we always put our kids first.

While he doesnt consider himself necessarily the better candidate for the position, Weimer said he is willing and able to support this G-K-B school system. I want to do what I can to make G-K-B the better/best school system we can for these kids.

He sees COVID-19 as the main challenge facing schools in the coming years.

Its definitely going to be difficult and challenging going forward, he said

While trying to keep his veterinarian job separate from that of a school board member, Weimer hears comments from the community from time-to-time.

I answer the best I can in whatever the surroundings might be, and suggest we continue the discussion later, he said.

Weimer and his wife Barbara, a 1992 Garrett graduate, are the parents of Madison who graduated from Garrett in 2018 and son, Colton, who is senior this year.

Weimer enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, having recently taken trips to Alaska and Colorado.

If elected, Weimer said his goal is to Keep the Big Train rolling.

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Paul Cadogan and Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle | COVID-19 lives and livelihoods from veterinarian’s perspective – Jamaica Gleaner

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Just over 200 days ago COVID-19 reached the shores of Jamaica. Our health authorities acted with alacrity to contain the spread, keep the population informed, and prepare the country, both physically and mentally, for the challenges which the experts knew were ahead of us.

After all, we have coped with dengue, seen ChikV and ZikV and, along with the rest of the world, had been preparing for Ebola. After an excellent start and success at flattening the curve, we opened our borders and bit by bit with an election, national celebrations, beach parties, funerals and nine-nights we have reached the stage of community spread.

As veterinarians, we stand with other colleagues in the healthcare community who are concerned that Jamaica is heading in the wrong direction, that if serious action is not taken now, both lives and livelihoods will be irrevocably lost. What are some of the concerns of the veterinary community as we all, as humans, face this ongoing pandemic together?

As veterinarians, our initial concern is our food security, which means ensuring that we have a steady availability of nutritious food of all types moving forward. How can COVID-19 affect food supplies?

First, it can impact our farmers, our producers: those who become ill, or have to halt operations because of illness among workers, may be unable to care for their livestock properly. Farmers whose markets are reduced or gone may not earn enough to maintain their livestock. Recall the effect of the initial COVID-19 lockdown on egg farmers around the island when the tourism industry closed down having to dump their eggs and destroy their chickens because they could no longer afford to feed and care for them. It is difficult to recover from that, and long-term shortages, even after COVID-19 has passed, can result. Prices also go up.

Another significant risk to our food supply chain is in the operations of our abattoirs and meat-processing plants. These are workplaces where people work in close confines and, as has been seen occurring in other countries, are great incubators for COVID-19 spread: sick workers, rapid spread, forced closure, then food shortages. It can happen here! Companies and individual workers need to realise the vital function they play in the life of our country and ensure that maximum infection-prevention measures are employed from mask-wearing to sanitisation. The repercussions of this could lead to shortages of pork, beef, chicken and eggs, even canned and packaged goods.

There is also the animal welfare concern. Should the economic situation in the country deteriorate under COVID-19 pressure, owners, both of livestock and pets, may find it difficult to care for them from food to healthcare. Since all clinical veterinary medicine in Jamaica is provided by private practitioners, this may lead to an increase in suffering or abandonment of animals as owners postpone, ignore, or do their own thing if they are sick or injured. Reports from India state that there has been increased aggression among stray dogs in the major cities as the lockdown, and less patrons to restaurants, for example, causes more competition for food, leading to more fights and overall aggression.

Veterinarians and our staff are just as susceptible to catching COVID-19 as anyone else. In our global community, there have been illness and death. We have had to take precautions as we do our work, and distance ourselves from our clients. We have had to shorten clinic hours at times and modify mobile services. We are considered an essential service and all registered veterinarians in Jamaica are authorised officers under the Disaster Risk Management Act. It is a great responsibility.

The supply of veterinary drugs in Jamaica has also been severely affected by the pandemic, with shortages of critical antibiotics, dewormers, vaccines and many other drugs being experienced. This has added to our usual challenges with obtaining modern veterinary drugs and has reduced our ability to adequately prevent, treat and contain diseases and other illnesses among animals.

In some parts of the world, vets have assisted in the COVID-19 fight by volunteering equipment such as ventilators and PPE from their practices. In some cases they have volunteered themselves, as trained medical professionals, to play supporting roles under the supervision of physician colleagues where human healthcare workers have been overwhelmed. We stand ready, but hope that it never comes to this point in Jamaica.

It is easy to become despondent and think that all is lost, that COVID-19 is unstoppable and will get to us one by one, one way or another. But even in the face of overwhelming odds, we must fight back. And that we means all of us the Government, the people of our beloved Jamaica.

One health. One love. One world.

Dr Paul Cadogan is a veterinarian at the Denbigh Veterinary Clinic, May Pen, Clarendon; past secretary and PR chair, current member of the executive, Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle is a veterinarian at Phoenix VetCare, Kingston, and past president of the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association. Send feedback to

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Global Veterinary Medicine Market Recent Trends and Developments, Challenges and Opportunities, key drivers and Restraints over the Forecast Period…

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

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How the Animal Agriculture Industry Surveils, Punishes Critics – The Intercept

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

This weeks SYSTEM UPDATE on this topic with Dr. Crystal Heath, one of the veterinarians targeted by these industry campaigns for retaliation can be viewed onThe Intercepts YouTube channel, or on the player below.

Animal agriculture industry groups defending factory farms engage in campaigns of surveillance, reputation destruction, and other forms of retaliation against industry critics and animal rights activists, documents obtained through a FOIA request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal. That the USDA possesses these emails and other documents demonstrates the federal governments knowledge of, if not participation in, these industry campaigns.

These documents detail ongoing monitoring of the social media of news outlets, including The Intercept, which report critically on factory farms. They reveal private surveillance activities aimed at animal rights groups and their members. They include discussions of how to create a climate of intimidation for activists who work against industry abuses, including by photographing the activists and publishing the photos online. And they describe a coordinated ostracization campaignthat specifically targets veterinarians who criticize industry practices, out of concern thatveterinarians are uniquely well-positioned to persuasively and powerfully denounce industry abuses.

One of the industry groups central to these activities is the Animal Agriculture Alliance, which represents factory farms and other animal agriculture companies or, as they playfully put it, they work for corporations involved in getting food from the farm to our forks! The group boasts that one of its prime functions is Monitoring Activism, by which they mean: We identify emerging threats and provide insightful resources on animal rights and other activist groups by attending their events, monitoring traditional and social media and engaging our national network.

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Indeed, the Alliance frequently monitors and infiltrates conferences of industry critics and activists, then provides reports to their corporate members on what was discussed. As The Intercept previously noted when reporting on felony charges brought against animal rights activists with Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, for peaceful filming and symbolic animal rescues inside oneUtah farm that supplies Whole Foods and another owned by Smithfield an action that showed how wildlyat odds with reality is the bucolic branding of those farms the Animal Agriculture Alliance issued a statementdenouncing the activists for (ironically) harming their animals and urging law enforcement and policymakers to intervene on behalf of the industry against the activists.

In the emails obtained by the FOIA request, the Alliance and its allies frequently encourage their members toalertthe FBI and Department of Homeland Security regarding actions by activists. In response to a project by DxE to create a map tracking factory farms, Lyle Orwig chair of the agricultural company Charleston/Orwig, Inc. and a member of the Alliance board proposed the retaliatory step of taking photos of every DXE [sic] member and posting them to the internet while accusing them of being opposed to feeding the hungry.

One person singled out for retaliation in these discussions was a popular, respected Bay Area veterinarian, Dr. Crystal Heath. As a local CBS affiliate television profile of herexplained, Dr. Heath is the kind of veterinarian who we all as children are taught to admire.

Rather than working for corporations or state agencies engaged in cruel animal experimentation, or for factory farms making a large salary to providethe veneer of medical justificationfor their barbaric, torturous practices, Dr. Heath has devoted herself to shelter medicine, working for years with the Berkeley Humane Society and other nonprofit animal rescue groups, where she has spayed and neutered more than 20,000 animals. The CBS broadcast report provides a full picture of the humanitarian and self-sacrificing nature of her work.

But to the Animal Agriculture Alliance and its industry allies, Dr. Heath somehow became a grave danger, an extremist whose name needed to be circulated within her profession as someone to be aggressively shunned. And that is exactly what they did.What prompted this targeted campaign against her was nothing more than her use of her veterinarian expertise to express criticisms of industry abuses and excesses.

In May, The Intercept reported on a gruesome mass-extermination technique being used by Iowas largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, to kill large numbers of pigs which were deemed unnecessary and in need of depopulation due to the pandemic. The technique, called ventilation shutdown, or VSD, involves cutting off the air supply in barns and turning up the heat to intense levels so that most pigs though not all dieafter hours of suffering from a combination of being suffocated and roasted to death. The pigs who survive this excruciating ordeal are then shot in the head in the morning by farm employees. A video report produced by The Intercept and the video documentarian Leighton Woodhouse based on footage obtained insidean Iowa Selectbarn by DxE as the pigs wereslowly dying was viewed by more than 150,000 people.

Numerous veterinarians were shocked by the use of this unspeakably cruel and gratuitous mass-extermination tactic, which imposes extreme, protracted suffering on highly intelligent, socially complex, sentient animals. And it created serious problems for the industry, with McDonalds demanding an explanation it could use publicly, and even discussions from the National Pork Producers Council to invent a new, more pleasant and euphemistic name for the extermination technique:

One of the veterinarians indignant about ventilation shutdown extermination programs was Dr. Heath. She was part of a group of hundreds of her veterinarian colleaguesto launcha campaign urging the American Veterinarian Medical Association towithdraw its approval of the use of this technique in limited, proscribed circumstances. Though the AVMA says it was not involved in the specific use of the extermination technique by Iowa Select, its guidelines approving of VSD were, as The Intercept documented, cited as justification by the company and its allies.

Dr. Heath was quoted in one news report on the controversy as saying: I believe the majority of AVMA members do not approve of VSD except as a last resort depopulation method andAVMA intended VSD to be used only in extreme conditions of infectious or zoonotic disease outbreaks or natural disasters. AVMA approval has allowed pig and poultry producers to use VSD as a cost-savings procedure to cheaply destroy unprofitable or excess animals.

Due to her criticisms ofthese factory farm practices and her work with DxE inadvocatingindustry reform, industry groups focused on her. In one email from April, a vice president of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Hannah Thompson-Weeman, revealed that an alert had been sent about Dr. Heath to California members, accusing her of engaging in extreme activism and encouraging groups to spread the word to your veterinarian contacts in California where Dr. Heath practices using private, members only channels.

Following that alert, Dr. Heath began experiencing targeted campaigns against her online and within her profession. Though it cannot be proven that this was the result of the Alliances alert, what began happening to herfor the first time in the wake of that alert tracked the language used against her by these industry groups. (The Alliance and Thompson-Weeman did not respond to The Intercepts request for comments. Thompson-Weeman locked her Twitter accountyesterday after we previewed this article and the SYSTEM UPDATE episode. The AVMA has denied that it was involved in Iowa Selects use of VSD.)

What perhaps alerted the Alliance was one veterinarian group that accused her of being part of an active campaign to cause as much harm as possible to our clients and ourselves, announcing that they had alerted the Alliance about her. Veterinarian groups on Facebook posted their own warnings about her, and she was banned from some groups. Comments began appearing on her own Facebook page, purportedly from other veterinarians, accusing her of deranged activism, being a liar who makes up stories, bastardizing our profession through every available method, andclaiming that she is literally, by name, a topic of conversation in board rooms from Ag business to organized veterinarian medicine across the nation. Your name is literally toxic.

What alarmed Dr. Heath most was the emergence online of anonymous flyers which contained a BEWARE warning at the top, along with her photo and a string of accusations, some of which were false, that claimed she harbors an agenda that doesnt include anything positive for our profession and expresses fondness for domestic terrorist organizations. It warned that even allowing her access to the social media pages of veterinarians could be dangerous, and thus urged that she be blocked from all online forums, personal profiles, and social media groups.

It goes without saying that this sort of a campaign could be devastating to the career opportunities or ability to earn a livelihood of any veterinarian. Fortunately for Dr. Heath, she believes her hard-earned reputation with area clinics developed over many years willenable her to continue to work, but she believes, for very good reason, that alerts and campaigns of this sort would make it extremely difficult if not impossible for her to find work anywhere else. For a younger or less-established veterinarian seeing what was done to her, they would obviously think twice about speaking outor working against the factory farm industry, the obvious goal of such campaigns.

That the U.S. Department of Agriculture was in possession of the emails and other documents circulated by industry groups, and thus produced them as part of the FOIA request, indicates that, at the very least, government officials are being included in these discussions (the flyer about Dr. Heath and other social media postings regarding her were obtained by The Intercept from Dr. Heath, not by the FOIA request). What is clear is that the animal agricultural industry essentially operates their own private surveillance and warning networks, and uses their extensive influence within the halls of government power to aid their efforts to punish and retaliate against its critics and activists.

Dr. Heath is my guest on this weeks SYSTEM UPDATE. The episode, whichcan be viewed on The Intercepts YouTube channelor on the player below,first reviews these new documents in detail obtained by the FOIA request, and I then speak toDr. Heath about what she has endured as a result of her speaking out against this very powerful industry.

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Covetrus Makes a Strategic Investment in Veterinary Study Groups, the Premier Provider of Peer-to-Peer Learning that Drives Veterinary Practice…

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Covetrus (NASDAQ: CVET), a global leader in animal-health technology and services, announced that it has made a strategic investment in Veterinary Study Groups, Inc. (VSG), the leading provider of peer-to-peer learning experiences for veterinary practice leaders. VSG manages a family of more than 50 Veterinary Management Groups (VMGs) in the United States and Canada. These groups are comprised of more than 1,100 members who together own more than 1,500 veterinary practices.

This expanded relationship brings together two highly complementary organizations each dedicated to veterinary practices and committed to driving enhanced patient care, empowering veterinarians to run better businesses, and advocating for the veterinary profession. For VSG, the deeper partnership and Covetrus scale and portfolio of solutions is anticipated to provide tangible improvement to VMG member benefits over time, as well as identify potential new members that would benefit from the VMG experience. For Covetrus, VSG serves as an opportunity to accelerate its strategy to drive increased customer alignment.

We have long-admired VSG as it is an iconic veterinary organization that shares our mission around enabling veterinarians in the pursuit of clinical, operational and financial success, said Ben Wolin, president and CEO of Covetrus. The VSG leadership team is critical to continuing the success of VMG members, and we look forward to collaborating as colleagues while driving increased value for veterinary practices and advancing our industry.

VSG and Covetrus share a common vision and set of values, all in support of helping veterinary practices in their pursuit of extraordinary success and advocating for the veterinary profession, said Dr. Link Welborn, board chair, president and CEO of VSG. We are excited about moving forward with this expanded strategic relationship, as we look to help current and future VMG members further improve their clinical outcomes and achieve greater success in their practices.

VSG will operate as a standalone company inside of Covetrus, with their entire team joining the Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is not expected to impact the Companys previously announced 2020 financial guidance.

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Covetrus is a global animal-health technology and services company dedicated to empowering veterinary practice partners to drive improved health and financial outcomes. We are bringing together products, services, and technology into a single platform that connects our customers to the solutions and insights they need to work best. Our passion for the well-being of animals and those who care for them drives us to advance the world of veterinary medicine. Covetrus is headquartered in Portland, Maine with more than 5,500 employees serving over 100,000 customers around the globe. For more information about Covetrus visit

About Veterinary Study Groups, Inc.

Veterinary Study Groups, Inc. provides a structure that enables practice owners to benefit from each others wisdom, ideas and experiences through Veterinary Management Groups. Each VMG is made up of 16-22 veterinarian owners and other practice leaders who meet biannually to share information, data, and management experiences. Mutual support and motivation help VMG members attain higher levels of success as practice administrators and leaders. More information about Veterinary Management Groups, including membership and contact details, may be found at

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Walther Cancer Foundation $11 million investment to expand IU-Purdue bioinformatics collaboration – Purdue News Service

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

October 8, 2020

Nadia Lanman, a research assistant professor in Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Comparative Pathobiology and member of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, plays a key role in the computational bioinformatics program at Purdue University that is supported by the Walther Cancer Foundation. Through computational bioinformatics, Lanman attempts to discover the molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer and that determine the response of patients to chemotherapy. (Photo provided)Download Photo

INDIANAPOLIS AND WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Walther Cancer Foundation will invest $11 million to advance collaborative cancer research at Indiana University and Purdue University by supporting scientists through bioinformatics an increasingly critical aspect of their work.

Bioinformatics involves managing and analyzing the massive amounts of data generated by scientific research turning data into knowledge that could lead to new cancer treatments.

We hope this gift enables scientists at IU and Purdue to dig more deeply and refine their studies so they can point out new pathways to good patient outcomes in cancer, said Tom Grein, president and CEO of the Walther Cancer Foundation. Sometimes you have so much data, its hard to comprehend where its leading you. I hope the data-driven analysis will uncover nuggets of opportunity that would otherwise never be seen.

Income from the new Walther Cancer Foundation Bioinformatics Fund will continuously support bioinformatics personnel, technology, and other tools shared by the cancer research programs at both universities. In addition, IU and Purdue will make their own investments into the fund.

The Walther Cancer Foundation leadership understands the central importance of data and analytics in developing better treatments and, ultimately, cures for cancer, said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MPH.We are tremendously grateful for their support and the confidence they have in our work.

Timothy Ratliff, the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, said the latest gift from the Walther Foundation is a continuation of a longstanding collaboration, commitment and investment that will build on the centers success in cancer drug discovery and development and will help sustain the centers computational genomics and bioinformatics core for years to come. "Once again, we are grateful to the Walther Cancer Foundations vision and generosity, which is so important to our research and success. This continuing partnership, plus our own investments and fundraising, will secure what weve already established and enable us to grow into the future."

Kelvin Lee, M.D., named this week as the new director of the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center and the H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology, said having strong capabilities in bioinformatics is essential to cancer research.

The genetic, biochemical, cellular and immune pathways that can lead to cancer are extraordinarily complex and intertwined. Recent cutting-edge advances in technology means that researchers now have unprecedented amounts of data on these pathways, but this seriously challenges our ability to analyze these huge mounds of information to make sense of what is actually going on, Lee said. We are fortunate that the Walther Cancer Foundation understands that breakthroughs require the expertise and the tools, like artificial intelligence, to help us analyze all this data so we can understand whats really important.

This level of collaboration and sharing of a key resource like a bioinformatics core is unusual among a pair of National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. But it also reflects the complementary nature of the two institutions.

Purdues Center for Cancer Research is a basic science cancer research center with more than 110 researchers that is a leader in biomedical engineering and cancer drug development.

The IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center with nearly 250 cancer researchers who conduct basic lab work and drug development but who are also engaged in clinical care and population health research.

Each of them has different capabilities, different levels of expertise, different interests, Grein said. But when you get scientists to collaborate, the outcomes are better.

Since its founding in 1985, the Walther Cancer Foundation has invested more than $165 million in cancer-focused medical research and in research and education aimed at supporting cancer patients and their families.

Walther has previously supported cancer bioinformatics at IU and Purdue on a year-to-year basis. This new gift establishes a fund that will ensure the bioinformatics work continues in perpetuity.

The Walther Foundation endowment provides the opportunity to develop the expertise and the tools that are needed to face current and future challenges in biology and the cancer field, said Majid Kazemian, an assistant professor in Purdues departments of Biochemistry and Computer Science. His research focuses on integrating computational and experimental approaches to study pathogen interaction with host cells and immune system in infectious diseases and cancers caused by pathogens.

"The Purdue University Center for Cancer Research has nearly 100 investigators who are actively engaged in understanding molecular mechanisms of various diseases including lung, liver and prostate cancers, many of which have begun to utilize genomics data in their studies, Kazemian said. "Large genomic public data on many diseases generated over the last decade are a treasure trove of unexplored information. Walther Foundation's funds endowment will enable analysis of big data generated by our centers members and collaborators as well as an exploration of growing public genomics data to contextualize and translate our findings."

Less-costly access to bioinformatics expertise and resources enabled by Walther Foundation will open up

Timothy Ratliff, the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, works in a lab at the center. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood)Download Photo

new avenues for many of the Purdue center's scientists to broaden the impact and clinical translation of their discoveries, Kazemian said. "It will also encourage our scientists to perform large-scale genomics assays and will foster new collaborations.

Harikrishna Nakshatri, Ph.D., the Marian J. Morrison Professor of Breast Cancer Research at IU School of Medicine, said he relies on bioinformaticians to design experiments, analyze data and assist him in publishing research results more quickly. The Walther Foundation gift supports that very expensive process, and the collaboration means researchers have more bioinformaticians available when they are needed. All of it combines, Nakshatri said, to enable scientists to reach conclusions that have real benefits for patients.

If you really believe in your hypothesis, Nakshatri said, now you have a chance to test it because you are not burdened by the financial aspects.

According to Hess, the new resources will allow IUs partnership with Purdue to continue to improve the health of Hoosiers. We have worked closely for decades, Hess said. This new collaboration in data sciences will accelerate our ability to benefit cancer patients across the state and far beyond.

About the Walther Cancer Foundation

The Indianapolis-based Walther Cancer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation that supports and promotes interdisciplinary and inter-institutional cancer research, both bench and clinical. The clinical research it supports encompasses clinical trials as well as behavioral studies, the latter as part of the foundations commitment to Supportive Oncology. The Walther Foundation has two primary goals: to support cancer research with the aim of discovering better treatments, if not cures, and to develop a comprehensive approach for supporting patients with cancer and their families. Since its founding, the foundation has invested over $165 million cancer-focused research.

Dr. Kelvin Lee, director of the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (Photo provided) Download Photo

About the Purdue Center for Cancer Research

Since 1978, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research has been a National Cancer Institute-designated basic-research cancer center. Only seven institutions in the United States have earned this title. Being a basic-research center means it does not treat cancer patients directly. Its work focuses on investigating cancers where they begin at the cellular level to investigate the cause of, and cure for, one of the most devastating killers of our time. Doctors and scientists throughout the world use the centers discoveries to develop methods, medicines and medical devices to save and enhance patient lives.

About the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is home to the cure of testicular cancer, the worlds only healthy breast tissue bank and is just one of 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. The prestigious comprehensive designation recognizes the centers excellence in basic, clinical, and population research, outstanding educational activities, and effective community outreach program across the state. Its physician-scientists have made protocol-defining discoveries that have changed the way doctors treat numerous forms of cancer.

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NIH awards $1.48 million grant to Tuskegee University for breast cancer research – Alabama NewsCenter

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.48 million to the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine for breast cancer research. Deepa Bedi, is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and is the principal investigator for the four-year program entitled, Evaluation of HSPD1 (Heat Shock Protein, 60) as a theranostic target for breast cancer. Bedi will evaluate the role of the protein in the progression of breast cancer.

I aim to use this protein as a marker of TNBC progression as well as a target to deliver anti-cancer drugs to this highly aggressive and metastatic cancer. This grant will provide the necessary resources to fulfill this hypothesis and be able to contribute to the knowledge and cure of TNBC, particularly in African American women, Bedi said.

We are proud of the contributions that Bedi will make to biomedical research as she translates the discoveries and observations into therapies in her cancer laboratory in the college, said Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The data and information gained from this newly funded research study will heighten awareness and enhance the cancer research program here at Tuskegee University.

We are also appreciative to Dr. Shaik Jeelani, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school, for his support of our faculty and their pursuits of research studies that are relevant to animal and human health, Perry said. Biomedical research, in particular breast cancer, is one of our signature research programs here at the university.

Bedis work in cancer research was previously funded by a $441,000 three-year NIH grant in 2016. She coordinates many efforts across campus with Dr. Clayton Yates, director of the Center for Cancer Research at Tuskegee University.

Previously, using phage display technology in Bedis cancer biomarker discovery and therapeutics lab, she discovered heat shock protein 60 to be highly expressed, and to have a higher expression in Blacks with breast cancer as compared to white Americans.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and the leading global cause of cancer death in women, accounting for 23% of cancer diagnoses 1.38 million women and 14% of cancer deaths 458,000 women each year. Triple-negative breast cancers occur in 10% to 15% of patients, yet this disease subtype accounts for almost half of all breast cancer deaths and represents a highly aggressive and metastatic phenotype, specifically among Black women.

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