Nearly 100 poisoned meatballs left on the streets across six San Francisco neighborhoods have claimed the life of one dog
and sickened others. The tainted meatballs, apparently left in areas where dogs frequent, contained high levels of strychnine.
Local police claim the meatballs contained enough strychnine to kill a human. There are no suspects, but a reward for identification
has been established.
A rabid kitten bit three adults and five children in Larimer County, Colo., including a veterinarian who examined the kitten.
The kitten, born to an unvaccinated barn cat, was euthanized and sent to the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic
Lab where rabies was confirmed. Reports of rabies cases have been high in Larimer County—specifically in skunks. Of the cases
recorded so far this year, 28 involved skunks, in addition to five bats, four raccoons, three foxes and the one cat, according
to the county website. There have also been four livestock deaths to rabies in neighboring Weld County—three horses and one
bull. County officials say the number of rabid animals in the area has risen steadily since 2012 and advises residents to
keep their pets up to date with vaccinations.
The University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine in partnership with
the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded its first Veterinary Forensic Sciences Graduate Certificates
to members of the spring class of 2013. The graduate certificate is offered solely online and covers topics such as crime
scene processing, scientific and legal principles of forensic evidence, animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, and forensic
pathology and entomology.
Clark Fobian, DVM, of Sedalia, Mo., recently began his term as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Fobian has served in many positions within the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the AVMA. He owns a small animal
practice in Sedalia he opened in 1981, where he continues to practice.
Dr. Clark Fobian
Ten Montana State University students will be chosen for the new Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program through Washington
State University's (WSU's) College of Veterinary Medicine. The students will spend the first year of the program at Montana
State with the remaining years at the WSU veterinary school. Students may apply through Oct. 2 for the 2014 fall semester.
The program's admissions committee is seeking students with strong ties to Montana who want to work in food animal medicine
and other areas of emphasis across the veterinary profession.
Radnor Township, a suburb of Philadelphia, has proposed an ordinance making anyone who feeds a stray animal on a regular basis
responsible for vaccinating it for rabies and obtaining any required state license. The ordinance positions those feeding
feral cats or stray dogs as taking ownership of the animals, therefore making them subject to fines of up to $1,000 a day
if legal requirements of ownership are not met.
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences broke ground on a $2.8 million aviary funded with university
support and private donations. The approximately 11,000-square-foot Exotic and Wild Bird Aviary will house a hospital, receiving
area with quarantine capabilities, two isolation rooms, a biosafety level 2 laboratory for infectious disease research, teaching
and classroom space, and offices. The aviary is scheduled for completion in May 2014.