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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
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
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
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.

Veterinary - 13.03.2020
The Cone of Shame makes pets miserable
The Cone of Shame makes pets miserable
Global survey of pet owners reveals the Elizabeth collar or Cone of Shame impacts negatively on their pets. Researchers recommend vets find alternatives where possible. Dog and cat owners already know their companion animals seem to loathe the 'cone of shame' they are required to wear after surgery or when they have a sore or itchy spot.

Veterinary - Environment - 28.11.2019
Unique sledge dogs helped the Inuit thrive in the North American Arctic
A unique group of dogs helped the Inuit conquer the tough terrain of the North American Arctic, a major new analysis of the remains of hundreds of animals shows. The results of a major new study on the remains of Artic sledge dogs reveals that the Inuit brought specialised dogs with them when they migrated from Siberia over the Bering Strait into North America.

Veterinary - 14.11.2019
UCL bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct report
In February of this year, UCL launched a new online reporting tool called Report + Support to make reporting issues of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct easier. Staff and students can report 'anonymously' or 'contact an advisor' to find out their options for support and resolution. Report + Support has been in place for over six months, and as part of the commitment to improve transparency and build trust and confidence in reporting, UCL has published a Six Months Insights Report.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 08.10.2019
Genes contribute to dog breeds' iconic traits
Genes contribute to dog breeds’ iconic traits
Dog breeds tend to have signature traits: Border collies love to herd, greyhounds love to chase, and German shepherds make good guard dogs. There's a reason for that: Traits like these are highly heritable, according to a study of 101 dog breeds that identifies genetic differences in behavior. The study , published Oct.

Innovation - Veterinary - 26.09.2019
High-Tech Sensors and Blockchain: New Avenues Towards Elimination of Rabies
High-Tech Sensors and Blockchain: New Avenues Towards Elimination of Rabies
Rabies continues to kill approximately 60,000 people every year, mainly in Africa and Asia. In order to reach the goal to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies worldwide by 2030, integrated strategies, political will and innovations are needed. Swiss TPH is at the forefront of rabies research; from devising high-tech sensors to track dogs in urban settings and employing new mathematical methodologies to investigating blockchain for improved access to post-exposure prophylaxis.

Veterinary - 26.09.2019
The dark giraffe, the new dark horse
Darker male giraffes have been found to be more solitary and less social than their lighter-coloured counterparts, according to new research from The University of Queensland. A long-term study revealed that the colour of male giraffes' spots more strongly relates to their patterns of social association, rather than their age, as previously thought.

Veterinary - Health - 09.09.2019
Hidden danger from pet dogs in Africa
Hidden danger from pet dogs in Africa
Researchers at the universities of Abuja and Nigeria, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, have detected a potentially human-infective microbe in pet dogs in Nigeria. Dogs in tropical Africa run the risk of contracting canine trypanosomosis if they are bitten by bloodsucking tsetse flies carrying trypanosomes - microscopic, single-celled organisms found in the bloodstream.

Veterinary - 20.08.2019
Sleeping unsafely tucked in to conserve energy in nocturnal migratory songbirds
Sleeping unsafely tucked in to conserve energy in nocturnal migratory songbirds
Sleeping with the head tucked in the back feathers is a common behavior exhibited by most species of birds. In a recent study, scientist from the Vetmeduni Vienna and the University of Vienna found, that the hiding of the head during sleep reduces heat loss and conserves energy reserves. However sleeping with the head tucked is risky for the birds.

Veterinary - Health - 24.07.2019
7 tips to keep your dog safe from rats and fatal toxins
7 tips to keep your dog safe from rats and fatal toxins
University of Sydney experts are warning all dog owners in the inner city and the inner west to have their dog vaccinated against leptospirosis and to stay away from rat baits. 1. Get your dog vaccinated  The current recommendation is for all dog owners in inner Sydney and the inner west to have their dog vaccinated at their local vet.
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