WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Purdue University veterinarians set precedent for diagnosis and treatment of a kidney tumor in a 23-year-old horse. Jan Hawkins, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of large animal surgery, Purdue University, removed the horse's kidney through its flank using no general anesthesia. The right kidney was removed using a hand-assisted laparoscopic technique.
What is your number? We all have numbers that are important to us as individuals—our social security number, our telephone number, maybe even our bed's sleep number. But there should be another number that is important to you, too, and that is an AQI number. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a means of reporting daily air quality, and it is a measure of how clean or polluted air in a specific location is. The AQI number directly relates to the possible health and environmental effects of air, as well as the calculated health risks within a few hours to days after breathing it.
Schaumburg, Ill.-The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board approved, at presstime, granting funds for a Food Animal Summit Taskforce research project designed to maintain the availability of veterinarians for careers in agriculture-related fields.
Impaction of the ileum is an uncommon cause of colic in horses in most parts of the country, but is becoming increasingly recognized as an important cause of intestinal obstruction in the southeastern United States.