The Iowa State University Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC) received a three-year $713,847 Higher Education Challenge Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant is aimed to transform SMEC into a one-of-a-kind national center of excellence and a resource for providing hands-on opportunities to veterinary students specializing in swine. The grant will help the SMEC develop curriculum, provide practical experience for students, and offer new courses in pharmacology, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRSSV) diagnosis and management, production, business management and basic medical skills.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a ban on animal euthanasia by carbon monoxide gassing in October. Pennsylvania is now the 20th state to ban the practice. The state now requires that euthanasia be conducted by injection by a veterinarian or euthanasia technician licensed by the state board of veterinary medicine.
Susie, a white poodle hit by a Toyota sedan on a Massachusetts highway, remained in the car’s grille for 11 miles before a passing motorist alerted the driver. The driver reportedly hit the brakes when he saw the dog run into the road but didn’t see the dog after he stopped and drove on. East Providence Animal Control Center supervisor William Muggle has reported that Susie suffered a concussion and a minor rupture of the bladder but is doing fine now. The dog’s owner was identified and Susie is home safe and sound.
A cat in Temple, Texas, is reported to have survived for at least three days without food and water after someone shot an arrow through its nose. The arrow entered the cat’s right nostril, went through the roof its mouth, knocked out a fang, split the tongue and left a hole in the animal’s throat, neck and side. The cat was taken to Temple Veterinary Hospital of Western Hills near where it was found by a local citizen. Keith Gudgel, DVM, performed surgery on the cat, which is now awaiting adoption.