The Salina Police Department arrested Adam Bowers, 34, in late August after he allegedly walked into Atherton Veterinary in
Salina, Kan., picked up a snow shovel, and threatened David Atherton, DVM. Lt. Scott Siemsen told the Salina Journal that Bowers had been involved in a domestic disturbance with a woman in the street outside before entering the clinic. Once
inside, he ordered staff to call his doctor and police, threatening Atherton before police arrived.
The Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association says that in August, a horse from Hart County died of eastern equine encephalitis—the
first case of the disease in the state since 2008. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture listed the horse as a 10-year-old
gelding Tennessee walking horse that was not vaccinated.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is warning residents of the spread of canine influenza in the state, specifically in
Montgomery County. Between Aug. 21 and 31, 20 cases of influenza were diagnosed and two dogs died. The Montgomery County Recreation
Department went as far as to cancel its popular end-of-summer "Pooch Pool Party" as a cautionary measure. Dog parks remain
open, but signs have been posted that list symptoms of the virus. Dog owners are asked to be aware of symptoms and contact
their veterinarian with concerns.
A Mississippi State senior veterinary student was served a search warrant for the student's off-campus home that revealed
dozens of rare and very large snakes and other exotic animals including African cats, birds, frogs and tortoises. Starkville
Police Chief David Lindley told the Clarion Ledger that officers exposed an elaborate breeding operation for exotic animals.
He said the living room was filled with row after row of full reptile cages. Although authorities are investigating, the student
is currently charged only with misdemeanor city violations and was ordered to remove the animals from the city because they
violated local ordinances. The city apparently didn't have proper facilities in order to seize the animals, so faculty and
staff from Mississippi State's veterinary school offered assistance "to make sure the matter is handled appropriately," spokesman
Sid Salter told the newspaper.
Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., recently announced a partnership with St. George's University in Grenada to
offer a combined BS/DVM degree. A St. George's release says students will complete their undergraduate degree in biology or
health sciences at Monmouth University in four years, and upon meeting established admission criteria, progress into St. George's
University School of Veterinary Medicine. Qualified veterinary students will be eligible to complete the first three years
of veterinary study in Grenada and their final clinical year at affiliated veterinary schools in the United States, Canada,
Australia or Ireland. "St. George's University joined forces with Monmouth University so that we can both positively address
the physician and veterinarian shortage and help the state of New Jersey educate and train well-qualified professionals,"
says Charles R. Modica, chancellor of St. George's, in a release.