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ACVPM Exam: Four Months to go – Pulse Check

                Despite life, work, and intense studying, you have taken time to purchase flowers for that all-important holiday that occurs near the ides of February. We are talking of course, about Lupercalia, the ancient Sabine celebration which the Romans later renamed as Februa. During this time, we purify evil I-can’t-possibly-pass-this-test self-doubts and rejuvenate our health and cognitive fertility.                 With

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Thanksgiving Food Safety

If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free to play the audio version of this blog by clicking on the player above. Podcast: Thanksgiving Food SafetyLength: 2 min 14 secondsWritten and read by the author

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Mosquito Menace On the Move

In some parts of the country, fall has arrived.  Unfortunately, in South Texas, we never really make the transition to fall colors, pumpkin spice, or crisp sunrises.  What we settle for instead, is cooling weather and decreasing hordes of blood thirsty mosquitoes.  These aerial vampires not only cause intense irritation and itching from bites, they also transmit many serious diseases.

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Another Shrimp FAD?

In our last podcast, we introduced our listeners to the basics of farmed Pacific white shrimp.  But, with any commercial livestock operation comes increased risk of disease.  The first disease we discussed was infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV).  First reported this year, IHHNV was not the first shrimp FAD to occur in the US.

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The Other Side of an FAD

When we discuss foreign animal diseases, we usually think of mammals, with the occasional bird outbreak.  But, in the field of veterinary medicine, we treat all species.  Texas has extremely varied geographic terrain, allowing many different species to call this home. Farmed Pacific white shrimp offers a sustainable source of fresh shrimp to many areas across the globe.  The practice

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P-Value, the False Idol (revisited)

The most powerful woman in the world blinded her own son to uphold her beliefs Gorgeous, brilliant, and powerful, the Empress Irene perched upon her throne and contemplated her Eastern Roman Empire. She sought to reunite it with the West through marriage with none other than Charlemagne. Luckily for the great Carolingian king, pleuritis killed him shortly before the wedding.

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Another Shrimp FAD?

In our last podcast, we introduced our listeners to the basics of farmed Pacific white shrimp.  But, with any commercial livestock operation comes increased risk

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The Other Side of an FAD

When we discuss foreign animal diseases, we usually think of mammals, with the occasional bird outbreak.  But, in the field of veterinary medicine, we treat

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Biosecurity

Biosecurity is a very important aspect of any size operation, from a handful of chickens in the backyard to large commercial swine operations.  The purpose

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Raccoon Roundworm

Baylisascaris procyonis is the name of the roundworm found in raccoons.  It does infect other wildlife species (e.g., skunks, bears) and domestic dogs.  People are

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Don’t Share the Orf!

Hopefully after Dr. Lee’s series of Goatcasts, you are seriously entertaining the thought of adding goats to your operation. There are many benefits to having

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To Pet or to Fret

I love capers! When I see these tasty little delicacies included in the description of a savory dish, my mouth is already watering. Being a

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Equine Infectious Anemia

Good husbandry practices continue to eliminate many diseases that have plagued livestock owners for many generations.  We have seen the eradication of rinderpest, brought many

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Opossum Disease: EPM

Omnivorous opossums creep quietly through the night, in search of a meal of just about anything.   Many benefits come from having opossums for neighbors, including

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Most Everybody Poops

Some animals don't poop Most everyone has heard of the Japanese book titled, “Everybody Poops.” It tackles the issue of shame that surrounds defecation but

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Mycobacterium Basics

What do skinny cows, armadillos, elephants and coughing humans have in common?  Turns out, they all play host to a very malicious genus of bacteria. 

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TSE Part 4: BSE

In our fourth and final installment of prion diseases, we will discuss probably the most familiar of the TSEs: bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most cases

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Well Cholera Me Crazy

Well, cholera me crazy to be talking about cholera in 2018. Isn’t this what my great-grandfathers’ dad had to worry about when horses where transport

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2.5 Month Check-in

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fqjen-8ef747 Spring Break has passed, and it’s time to hit the books again.  In just 10 rapidly approaching weeks, all your hard work will be

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Another Shrimp FAD?

In our last podcast, we introduced our listeners to the basics of farmed Pacific white shrimp.  But, with any commercial livestock operation comes increased risk

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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness is becoming a common theme in the news these days.  From floods, fires, tornados, and hurricanes, a disaster is occurring somewhere every day. 

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Macronutrients

In the last post, we introduced the components of a livestock ration.  Here, we delve a little deeper into what happens when the diet is

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Maggots Among Us, Part 2

In the previous post, we introduced the Old World (OWS) and New World (NWS) screwworms.  Both species have many common characteristics.  Here, we discuss lifecycles

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Virulent Newcastle Disease

The US is currently battling another foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak.  Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) made its way into southern California and continues to spread. 

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Micronutrients, Part 1

Nutrition remains a complex and fluid subject for most producers.  Keeping livestock at peak production means providing the best nutrition possible.  For ease of discussion,

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FAMACHA

Drug resistance affects all species, across the spectrum of all drug classes.  Antibiotic resistance appears in the news frequently.  Less popular, but just as concerning,

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Biosecurity

Biosecurity is a very important aspect of any size operation, from a handful of chickens in the backyard to large commercial swine operations.  The purpose

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Equine Vaccinations

Horses are very susceptible to many vaccine preventable diseases.  Some of the more common ones are EEE/WEE/VEE, rabies, West Nile, and tetanus. These are considered

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Bugs for Breakfast?

We are at the peak of summer equine activities: fairs, rodeos, trail rides, weekend ropings.  Unfortunately, many horse owners elect to stay home to protect

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Murine Typhus

Typhus sounds remotely familiar, right?  It is another one of those diseases from the past?  Not so fast.  It is actually an emerging disease is

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FIFRA For You!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works hard to prevent toxins from entering the American food and water supplies.  We have seen this with CERCLA, radon,

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Equine Hoof Care, Part 2

What happens when equine feet are neglected, or environmental conditions are less than ideal? The hoof is under constant assault from arid conditions, wet conditions,

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Botulism

Canning your own foods at home is a great way to preserve extra food, and provide meals for your family.  If the process is not

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Anthrax

If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free to play the audio version of this blog by clicking on the player above. Podcast: AnthraxLength:

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Raccoon Roundworm

Baylisascaris procyonis is the name of the roundworm found in raccoons.  It does infect other wildlife species (e.g., skunks, bears) and domestic dogs.  People are

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