TSE Part 3: Scrapie

In our third installment of prion diseases, we will discuss the oldest of the TSEs: scrapie. Scrapie affects sheep, goats, and their close relatives. Scrapie received its name from the intense pruritis that affected animals exhibit. First described in Great Britain in the 1750s, scrapie can now be found worldwide, expect for Australia and New Continue Reading

TSE Part 2: Chronic Wasting Disease

We covered the basics of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in our previous post. We will delve a little deeper into the three economically significant diseases in the remaining posts. White tail season closed last week. Hopefully, the season was successful for those who endured endless hours of scouting, fine tuning scopes and bows, and freezing in Continue Reading

Ruminant Abortions: What’s Your Differential?

Differential Diagnosis The ACVPM exam is over, and you decide to reward your hard work with a relaxing night out.  While at supper, you are drawn into a nearby conversation with fellow ACVPM candidates discussing a recent outbreak of abortions in local sheep and goats back home in Kenya.  Some sick calves have been noted Continue Reading