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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935517/diary-of-a-parliamentary-intern
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Parliamentary veterinary intern Anthony Ridge considers the diverse group of people he has met over the past year and how this has changed his perspective on animal health and welfare and the values vets bring to society.
December 3, 2016: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932717/-would-you-eat-an-alien
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A novel way of exploring comparative cognition, animal welfare ethics and human-animal relations formed the basis of this year's Wooldridge Memorial Lecture, held during the BVA Congress at the London Vet Show last month. Christine Nicol, of the University of Bristol, shared her experiences of making the BBC Radio 4 series 'Would you eat an alien?' and gave an insight into the ethical dilemmas that formed the basis of the programme. Laura Honey reports.
December 10, 2016: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932708/charity-reveals-the-difficulties-of-enforcing-animal-welfare-law
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 10, 2016: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931927/owned-dog-ecology-and-demography-in-villa-de-tezontepec-hidalgo-mexico
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Luz Maria Kisiel, Andria Jones-Bitton, Jan M Sargeant, Jason B Coe, D T Tyler Flockhart, Alejandro Reynoso Palomar, Erick J Canales Vargas, Amy L Greer
Dog overpopulation in developing countries has negative implications for the health and safety of people, including the transmission of zoonotic diseases, physical attacks and intimidation to humans and animals, as well as impacts on canine welfare. Understanding the ecology and demographic characteristics of a dog population can help in the planning and monitoring of canine population control programs. Little data exist regarding demography and dynamics of domestic dog populations in semi-urban areas in Mexico...
December 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931318/pharmacokinetics-and-paw-withdrawal-pressure-in-female-guinea-pigs-cavia-porcellus-treated-with-sustained-release-buprenorphine-and-buprenorphine-hydrochloride
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Brian J Smith, Daniel J Wegenast, Ryan J Hansen, Ann M Hess, Lon V Kendall
Providing appropriate analgesia is essential in minimizing pain and maintaining optimal animal care and welfare in laboratory animals. Guinea pigs are common animal models in biomedical research, often requiring analgesic support. Here we evaluated the pharmacokinetics and efficacy of a sustained-release formulation of buprenorphine (Bup-SR) in this species. Guinea pigs (n = 7 each group) received either Bup-HCl (0.05 mg/kg BID for 3 d) or Bup-SR (0.3 mg/kg once). Plasma collection and measurement of paw-withdrawal pressure (PWP) was conducted at 0, 1, 3, 6, 12, 26, 48, and 72 h after treatment...
November 2016: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931268/an-epidemiological-analysis-of-equine-welfare-data-from-regulatory-inspections-by-the-official-competent-authorities
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P L Hitchens, J Hultgren, J Frössling, U Emanuelson, L J Keeling
Determining welfare status in a population is the first step in efforts to improve welfare. The primary objective of this study was to explore a new epidemiological approach for analysis of data from official competent authorities that pertain to compliance with animal welfare legislation. We reviewed data already routinely collected as part of Swedish official animal welfare inspections for 2010-13, using a checklist containing 45 checkpoints (CPs). These covered animal-, resource- and management-based measures of equine welfare...
December 9, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929136/an-integrated-genomic-approach-for-the-study-of-mandibular-prognathism-in-the-european-seabass-dicentrarchus-labrax
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Massimiliano Babbucci, Serena Ferraresso, Marianna Pauletto, Rafaella Franch, Chiara Papetti, Tomaso Patarnello, Paolo Carnier, Luca Bargelloni
Skeletal anomalies in farmed fish are a relevant issue affecting animal welfare and health and causing significant economic losses. Here, a high-density genetic map of European seabass for QTL mapping of jaw deformity was constructed and a genome-wide association study (GWAS) was carried out on a total of 298 juveniles, 148 of which belonged to four full-sib families. Out of 298 fish, 107 were affected by mandibular prognathism (MP). Three significant QTLs and two candidate SNPs associated with MP were identified...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928175/survey-of-ontario-veterinarians-knowledge-and-attitudes-on-pain-in-dogs-and-cats-in-2012
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Adam Beswick, Cate Dewey, Ron Johnson, James Dowsett-Cooper, Lee Niel
Appropriate management of animal pain is a critical component of optimal animal welfare in small animal veterinary clinics. An online convenience survey was used to examine the knowledge and attitudes of practicing veterinarians in Ontario about pain in dogs (n = 100) and cats (n = 139). Veterinarian participants showed strong agreement with the need for appropriate animal pain relief, and low agreement with lack of analgesic use due to cost or side effects. All of the surgical procedures included in the survey were ranked as being moderately to highly painful, but female veterinarians had higher median rankings...
December 2016: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927911/comparison-of-methodologies-in-determining-bone-marrow-fat-percentage-under-different-environmental-conditions-assessing-a-tool-for-ruminant-welfare-investigations
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David Murden, Jaimie Hunnam, Bert De Groef, Grant Rawlin, Christina McCowan
The use of bone marrow fat percentage has been recommended in assessing body condition at the time of death in wild and domestic ruminants, but few studies have looked at the effects of time and exposure on animal bone marrow. We investigated the utility of bone marrow fat extraction as a tool for establishing antemortem body condition in postmortem specimens from sheep and cattle, particularly after exposure to high heat, and compared different techniques of fat extraction for this purpose. Femora were collected from healthy and "skinny" sheep and cattle...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925153/targeting-the-hard-to-reach-challenges-and-novel-strategies-in-the-treatment-of-intracellular-bacterial-infections
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Nor Fadhilah Kamaruzzaman, Sharon Kendall, Liam Good
Infectious diseases continue to threaten human and animal health and welfare globally, impacting millions of lives and causing substantial economic loss. The use of antibacterials has been only partially successful in reducing disease impact. Bacterial cells are inherently resilient, and the therapy challenge is increased by the development of antibacterial resistance, the formation of biofilms and the ability of certain clinically important pathogens to invade and localize within host cells. Invasion into host cells provides protection from both antibacterials and the host immune system...
November 7, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917985/towards-sustainability-in-the-extensive-and-intensive-livestock-sectors
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M Niamir-Fuller
An increase in both human population and economic growth has been accompanied by rising per capita demand for animal products. The livestock industry is under pressure to meet this demand, but its current patterns of production are not environmentally sustainable, causing negative health impacts on humans and raising welfare concerns for animals. With little regulation of the intensive livestock sector in most countries, animal products are available at cheaper prices on consumer markets, undercutting more sustainable production systems, such as those used by pastoralists and organic farmers...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911094/production-traits-of-artificially-and-naturally-hatched-geese-in-intensive-and-free-range-systems-1-growth-traits
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M A Boz, M Sarica, U S Yamak
1. This study investigated the effect of incubation type and production system on geese growth traits. 2. A total of 216 geese that were either naturally (114) or artificially (102) hatched and reared in intensive or free-range production systems (4 replicates each) until 18 weeks of age. 3. Weights of naturally hatched goslings were significantly higher than artificially hatched goslings at 2 weeks (644 g vs. 536 g); however, weights of artificially hatched goslings were significantly higher than naturally hatched goslings at both 6 weeks (3245 g vs...
December 2, 2016: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909198/anaesthesia-and-analgesia-in-laboratory-adult-zebrafish-a-question-of-refinement
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Tânia Martins, Ana M Valentim, Nuno Pereira, Luis M Antunes
Anaesthesia is used daily in fish experimental procedures; however, the use of an inadequate anaesthetic protocol can compromise not only the animal's welfare but also the reliability of results. The use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) in biomedical research has increased in the last decades, highlighting the importance of appropriate anaesthetic regimens for this species. This article reviews the main anaesthetic agents and protocols used in laboratory adult zebrafish, and some of the analgesic methods to be used in this species that still need more research...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909197/severity-assessment-in-rabbits-after-partial-hepatectomy-part-ii
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N Drude, K Pawlowsky, H Tanaka, K Fukushima, B Kögel, R H Tolba
Although the recognition of pain, distress and discomfort has already been described in 1985 by Morton and Griffiths there is still very little known about the establishment of score sheets especially, regarding post-surgical pain and severity assessment for laboratory animals such as rabbits. In this paper we describe the estimation of severity and recovery status of 36 female New Zealand White rabbits (NZW) in a standardized liver resection model using two different adhesive treatments and one control group...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909193/osteotomy-models-the-current-status-on-pain-scoring-and-management-in-small-rodents
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Annemarie Lang, Anja Schulz, Agnes Ellinghaus, Katharina Schmidt-Bleek
Fracture healing is a complex regeneration process which produces new bone tissue without scar formation. However, fracture healing disorders occur in approximately 10% of human patients and cause severe pain and reduced quality of life. Recently, the development of more standardized, sophisticated and commercially available osteosynthesis techniques reflecting clinical approaches has increased the use of small rodents such as rats and mice in bone healing research dramatically. Nevertheless, there is no standard for pain assessment, especially in these species, and consequently limited information regarding the welfare aspects of osteotomy models...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909192/the-more-the-merrier-scoring-statistics-and-animal-welfare-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Pushpalatha Palle, Filipa M Ferreira, Axel Methner, Thorsten Buch
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a frequently used animal model for the investigation of autoimmune processes in the central nervous system. As such, EAE is useful for modelling certain aspects of multiple sclerosis, a human autoimmune disease that leads to demyelination and axonal destruction. It is an important tool for investigating pathobiology, identifying drug targets and testing drug candidates. Even though EAE is routinely used in many laboratories and is often part of the routine assessment of knockouts and transgenes, scoring of the disease course has not become standardized in the community, with at least 83 published scoring variants...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909190/what-the-literature-tells-us-about-score-sheet-design
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Philippe Bugnon, Maike Heimann, Michaela Thallmair
Score sheets are an essential tool of animal welfare. They allow transparent assessments to be made of animal health and behavior during animal experiments and they define interventions when deviations from normal status are detected. As such, score sheets help to refine animal experiments as part of the 3R (replacement, reduction and refinement) concept. This mini review aims at summarizing the scarce literature available on score sheet design.
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902721/facial-indicators-of-positive-emotions-in-rats
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Kathryn Finlayson, Jessica Frances Lampe, Sara Hintze, Hanno Würbel, Luca Melotti
Until recently, research in animal welfare science has mainly focused on negative experiences like pain and suffering, often neglecting the importance of assessing and promoting positive experiences. In rodents, specific facial expressions have been found to occur in situations thought to induce negatively valenced emotional states (e.g., pain, aggression and fear), but none have yet been identified for positive states. Thus, this study aimed to investigate if facial expressions indicative of positive emotional state are exhibited in rats...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899446/-if-you-are-empathetic-you-care-about-both-animals-and-people-i-am-a-nurse-and-i-don-t-like-to-see-suffering-anywhere-findings-from-103-healthcare-professionals-on-attitudes-to-animal-experimentation
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Andrée Dignon
This report presents qualitative and quantitative data from 103 UK healthcare professionals describing attitudes to the current system of animal testing (to produce medicines and health interventions). To gather qualitative testimony, these healthcare professionals were organised into six separate focus groups (of 18, 17, 17, 15, 17 and 19 participants) where they were asked 'what is your opinion about the current system of animal testing?' The study focussed on attitudes to the current system rather than attitudes to animal testing in general...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898939/evaluating-pellet-and-meal-feeding-regimens-on-finishing-pig-performance-stomach-morphology-and-carcass-characteristics
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J A De Jong, J M DeRouchey, M D Tokach, S S Dritz, R D Goodband, J C Woodworth, M W Allerson
A total of 2,100 pigs (PIC 327 × 1050; initially 31.2 kg BW) were used in a 118-d trial to determine the effects of pellet or meal feeding regimens on finishing pig growth performance, stomach morphology, and carcass characteristics. Pens of pigs were balanced by initial BW and randomly allotted to 1 of 6 dietary treatments (14 pens/treatment with 25 pigs/pen). Pens were sorted by gender allowing for 7 barrow pens and 7 gilt pens per treatment. The same corn-soybean meal-based diets containing 15% dried distillers' grains with solubles were used for all treatments and fed in 5 phases...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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