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How Apocalypses Are Born

We are going to step back from the normal informational post and test your foreign animal disease (FAD) knowledge.  This post’s onus stems from my recent trip to Plum Island Animal Disease Center.  I was struck by each disease’s clinical signs, and how easily I would have mis-diagnosed a FAD in practice.

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Go Bag Basics

What is a Go Bag?  It is a supply kit for each individual for at least 72 hours of food, water, medication, and clothing.   Each kit will be tailored to the needs of the situation, including medical conditions, weather conditions, and expected length of the emergency.  Every member of the family needs a kit, including the animals.  It is usually

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Tornado Season is Upon Us

Lengthening days and warmer weather bring spring storms.  With tornado season upon us, now is the time to go through your Go Bag, update medications, swap out for warm weather clothing, and update documents.  In our previous posts, we laid the groundwork for building your own Go Bag and first aid kit.  Hopefully, you have started this, and are ready

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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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Malaria, Thy Name Is Shapeshifter

The Chinese Nei Ching text dating back more than 4000 years (2700 BCE), attributes malaria to the machinations of three demons: one carrying a hammer, another a bucket of water, and one, a stove. While this helped explain the headaches, chills, and fevers then, today, vaccine researchers might be tempted to count a higher number of demonic forces at work.

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Vaccinating the Un-Vaccinatable

Imagine a story. Earth’s population faces extinction from a predator that takes no prisoners. Every fortress invaded; the population dies… to the last individual. No survivors, no mercy, and no solution. Then an outsider steps forth from obscurity with a gift providing hope. Sounds like a great novel doesn’t it? In some ways, the story likens itself to the Marvel

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Go Bag Basics

What is a Go Bag?  It is a supply kit for each individual for at least 72 hours of food, water, medication, and clothing.   Each

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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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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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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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Go Bag Basics

What is a Go Bag?  It is a supply kit for each individual for at least 72 hours of food, water, medication, and clothing.   Each

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Rabbit Fever

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

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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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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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Micronutrients, Part 3

Adult livestock tend to resist the effects of mineral deficiency better than young animals.  Increased demands from growth and decreased body reserves put young animals

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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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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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Hierarchy of Control

Protecting workers from occupational hazards is a complex process.  Workplace injuries cost industry billions of dollars every year in lost production and medical expenses.  To

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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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Why We Love Goats!

Are goats man’s second best friend? They certainly hold the qualifications. In addition to companionship, they have been providing resources to humans for thousands of

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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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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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Go Bag Basics

What is a Go Bag?  It is a supply kit for each individual for at least 72 hours of food, water, medication, and clothing.   Each

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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