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Health - Veterinary - 10.01.2023
New research from the RVC identifies insights into the cause of the 2021 outbreak of a serious feline condition
Two new studies from the RVC have examined the 2021 outbreak of feline pancytopenia - a rare condition that causes serious illness, and in some cases fatalities, in cats. Due to the rapid increase of cases at the time, the outbreak caused concern amongst cat owners and garnered significant media coverage.

Veterinary - Health - 14.10.2022
A common drug used in racehorses could increase risk of sudden death
A commonly-administered drug used in 94% of Thoroughbred racehorses could increase risk of sudden death, according to a new study. The research - led by the University of Glasgow and published today in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association - also found multiple other risk factors associated with sudden death, related to the circumstances of the race and individual histories of the horses.

Health - Veterinary - 12.10.2022
New research highlights dog breeds at most risk of hypothyroidism
A new study from the Royal Veterinary College explores the frequency and risk factors for hypothyroidism in dogs in the UK, promoting greater awareness with earlier detection and treatment New research the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has shed light on the dog breeds most predisposed to hypothyroidism, a life-long hormonal disorder caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormones.

Veterinary - 20.09.2022
New canine lab seeks four-legged research participants
Research aims to investigate dog cognition and therapy dog programs A new lab at UBC's Vancouver campus is looking for research participants-and not just anyone will do. The criteria? Must be furry and four-legged. Enjoy belly rubs and yummy treats? That's a bonus, too. The new Human-Animal Interaction Lab at UBC has officially opened and will soon be inviting pet dogs and their owners to engage in canine cognition research.

Veterinary - Health - 05.09.2022
True risks of anaesthesia in dogs
True risks of anaesthesia in dogs
A team of researchers at the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Manchester used data from more than 150,000 dogs in the UK to assess the risk of death from sedation and general anaesthetics. A new VetCompass study, led by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the University of Manchester, has revealed a relatively low risk of death from sedation and general anaesthetics for dogs in the UK.

Health - Veterinary - 25.08.2022
Impact of farriery interventions on galloping racehorses' hoof biomechanics
Impact of farriery interventions on galloping racehorses’ hoof biomechanics
24 hour contact: 01707 666297 A new study, led by the Royal Veterinary College, and funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, has shed light on the influence of horseshoe and surface conditions on racehorses' hoof movements. This has implications for how racehorses' athletic performance and safety can best be supported, both in training and on the racetrack.

Veterinary - Health - 03.07.2022
Male dogs four times more likely to develop contagious cancer on nose or mouth than females
Male dogs four times more likely to develop contagious cancer on nose or mouth than females
Sniffing or licking other dogs- genitalia - the common site of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour - can spread this unusual cancer to the nose and mouth. Although canine transmissible cancer can be diagnosed and treated fairly easily, vets in the UK may not be familiar with the signs of the disease because it is very rare here Andrea Strakova A new study has found that male dogs are four to five times more likely than female dogs to be infected with the oro-nasal form of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour.

Health - Veterinary - 23.02.2022
Discovery of new Hendra virus variant example of being proactive on emerging diseases
Discovery of new Hendra virus variant example of being proactive on emerging diseases
University of Sydney-led research has uncovered an unrecognised variant of the Hendra virus, prompting re-evaluation of spillover risk from horses and their carers to other humans. A new variant of the Hendra virus has been identified by Sydney-led research as a cause of fatal illness in Australian horses, and of risk for virus spillover into humans.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 12.08.2021
Genetic enigma solved: Inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs
Genetic enigma solved: Inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs
An international team of researchers including scientists from the Institute of Genetics of the University of Bern has unraveled the enigma of inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs. The researchers discovered that a genetic variant responsible for a very light coat in dogs and wolves originated more than two million years ago in a now extinct relative of the modern wolf.

Health - Veterinary - 23.04.2021
Scientists identified cases of human-to-cat COVID-19 transmission in the UK
A team of scientists at the University of Glasgow has identified two known cases of human-to-cat COVID-19 transmission in the UK. In the study, led by the University of Glasgow and published today in the Veterinary Record, researchers describe two cases of human-to-cat SARS-CoV-2 transmission, found as part of a COVID-19 screening programme of the feline population in the UK.

Veterinary - 06.04.2021
Discrimination on rental market in Leuven
Study shows structural discrimination against ethnic minorities, wheelchair users and blind people with assistance dogs Tuesday, April 6, 2021 — Professor Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe and Billie Martiniello of the Sociology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have investigated discrimination on the rental housing market of the city of Leuven.

Environment - Veterinary - 13.11.2020
Widespread contamination of English rivers with pesticides commonly used as flea treatments
New research reveals widespread contamination of English rivers with pesticides commonly used as flea treatments Researchers at the University of Sussex have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid.

Veterinary - Life Sciences - 12.11.2020
First conclusive evidence horses hurt by whips, whips don't aid jockeys
First conclusive evidence horses hurt by whips, whips don’t aid jockeys
Two papes published in journal Animals lend support to a ban on whipping in horse racing. They respectively show that horses feel as much pain as humans would when whipped, and that the whip does not enhance race safety. Do horses feel pain when whipped? Racing industry officials have long held that they don't.

Veterinary - Psychology - 01.10.2020
Feline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat - new psychology study
Maine Coon demonstrates the eye narrowing technique (credit: Prof Karen McComb, University of Sussex) The new study, 'The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat-human communication' , published online in the Nature journal Scientific Reports , has shown for the first time that it is possible to build rapport with a cat by using an eye narrowing technique with them.

Veterinary - 19.08.2020
Zebra stripes and their role in dazzling flies
The mystery of why zebras have their characteristic stripes has perplexed researchers for over a century. Over the last decade, Professor Tim Caro at the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences has examined and discredited many popular theories such as their use as camouflage from predators, a cooling mechanism through the formation of convection currents and a role in social interactions.

Veterinary - 10.08.2020
A quarter of puppies are taken from their mothers prematurely
One in four people acquired their puppies before the advised age of eight weeks old, according to new findings from Dogs Trust's pioneering dog welfare study 'Generation Pup'. The 'cohort' study follows a generation of puppies over the course of their lifetime, to investigate how factors such as environment, social interaction, diet and exercise can impact their development in later life.

Health - Veterinary - 27.07.2020
Scientists identify cat infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the UK
A team of scientists at the University of Glasgow has identified a cat in the UK that was infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) in partnership with the Veterinary Diagnostic Service (VDS) of the University's School of Veterinary Medicine made the discovery as part of their joint research programme in which they have screened hundreds of samples for COVID-19 infections in the feline population in the UK.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 14.07.2020
Mystery about cause of genetic disease in horses
Research team led by Göttingen University questions link to warmblood fragile foal syndrome Warmblood fragile foal syndrome is a severe, usually fatal, genetic disease that manifests itself after birth in affected horses. Due to the defect, the connective tissue is unstable. Under force, for instance, the skin tears from the tissue underneath and the joints can suffer dislocation.

Health - Veterinary - 13.05.2020
Confirms cats can become infected with and may transmit COVID-19 to other cats
In a study published today (May 13, 2020) in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists in the U.S. and Japan report that in the laboratory, cats can readily become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and may be able to pass the virus to other cats. Professor of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Yoshihiro Kawaoka led the study, in which researchers administered to three cats SARS-CoV-2 isolated from a human patient.

Health - Veterinary - 31.03.2020
Opinion: Can cats really get or pass on COVID-19, as a report from Belgium suggests?
Should we be concerned about the coronavirus spreading to cats' Not yet, says Dr Sarah Caddy in this article for The Conversation, even after a concerning report from Belgium. After reports of two dogs testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong, the most recent news to cause alarm among animal owners is that of a cat in Belgium with apparent symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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