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ACVPM Exam: One Month to Go!

It’s crunch time!  We are one month out from the big day.  All travel plans should be finalized.  We arrived at the hotel a few days ahead of the exam to allow for a “settling in” period.  We didn’t want a stressful day of travel, with little rest and feeling rushed, the night before the test.  Bring necessary comforts of

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What is Preventive Fraction?

Have you ever read a vaccine study and quickly tried to skip to the heart of the matter? Perhaps there is someone there, a teacher, a colleague or a vaccine representative. You ask, “What’s the bottom line here? How well does the vaccine work? What percentage of pets are protected?” The other person says, “The preventive fraction is 93%.” Then

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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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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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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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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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Cold Weather Prep

Winter has arrived in many parts of the country.  For many, this means months of snow and below freezing temperatures.  Here are a few things

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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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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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Duration of Immunity

The USDA recently announced a transition to Single Tier Label Claim for all veterinary biologics. Effective for all newly licensed vaccines, the decision retroactively applies

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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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Superfunds Near You

Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on December 11, 1980.  Commonly referred to as Superfund, the Act created a tax

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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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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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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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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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Bovine Vaccines

Cattle herds of all sizes benefit from the protection of herd immunity.  This is achieved by annual vaccination of all animals against diseases that are

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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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Q Fever

With a name like Q fever, you would expect this disease to be obscure and rare.  In fact, it is found worldwide (except in New

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Life in the ICP

In the last segment, we introduced the Incident Command System (ICS). In this post, we will cover the day-to-day workings of the Incident Command Post

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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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I DO Give a Gram!

The Gram Stain differentiates gram-positive bacteria, which have one membrane, from gram-negative, which have two. We glean significant information from gram-typing, whether you are a

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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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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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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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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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