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This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of all the laboratory professionals, pathologists, microbiologists, parasitologists and residents who play a critical role in veterinary and medical care. Please take the time this week to show your appreciation to those associated with:
Many people know that diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans, but few consider the risks correlated with household pets.
A canine influenza outbreak has been reported in the Chicago area. This is a new strain of virus - H3N2 - previously seen only in Asia, according to a report from Cornell University.
Dogs may exhibit symptoms that include:
eye and nose discharge,
lack of energy (lethargy) and
Dr. Meghan Herron, behavior specialist in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, will lecture on the social and behavioral nature of puppies and how to use this knowledge when introducing them into a home. She will give her lecture, "Starting Off on the Right Paw - The Basics of Puppy Behavior and Problem Prevention," from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium.
Friends and family come together each spring to celebrate student achievement at the White Coat Ceremony. The coats are given to incoming fourth-years at an annual ceremony, signifying their entry into the clinical portion of the DVM program, during which they receive their white lab coats. The white coat is a symbol of the knowledge our students have gained during their first three years of veterinary education.
The Class of 2017 is extremely excited to formally invite you to the Eighth Annual Furball, which will be held on Friday, April 10.
Today, we are taking a moment to be grateful for our supporters! The students who entrust us with their education, the animal owners who trust us to care for their animals, the supporters who generously fund important projects that help us advance health for animals and people.
In a recently reported article by The Columbus Dispatch, a Western bird-flu strain identified as avian influenza, or H5N2, hit the West Coast last year, has made its way to South and Central America, the Plains of Midwest states, and into Canada, and has potential to make its way to Ohio. The avian flu outbreak has not been linked to any human illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but its economic impact could be severe.
April 6-11 is National Public Health Week, sponsored by the American Public Health Association. The world of veterinary medicine is laregely involved in public health initiatives, and one way the College of Veterinary Medicine is taking part in National Public Health Week is with the Farm to Table Luncheon and Vendor Fair, which will be held April 9 in the Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium & Lobby.
Cute but Risky? - Assistant Professor of Equine Practice, Dr. Jonathan Yardley stated that "30 percent of baby chicks from agriculture supply stores are contaminated with salmonella." Salmonella comes as a bacteria that causes food poisoning in humans. Remember, especially during the Easter holiday season, your children are at risk of infection if they're playing with baby chicks.