The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine has been granted full accreditation. The school had been on limited accreditation status for the past few years.
Scientific American offers a special report on the pet food recall (PetConnection blogged about it earlier). While mostly a summary of the recall peppered with stories of pets that have been affected, what interested catmanager was the details about the process used to identify aminopterin as the toxin in the food:
[The Cornell lab] received samples of both food products and animal remains from Menu Foods a day or two before the recall. Using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (a process that separates complex mixtures and analyzes ingredients by measuring a weight-to-charge ratio), researchers compared the constituent chemicals in the food to standards for common molds, heavy metals and ethylene glycol (or antifreeze, which Goldstein says is the number one cause of kidney failure). All test results were negative.
Cornell’s initial tests were inconclusive, so the university sent samples to the NYDASM [New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets] food safety lab, which has an expanded set of contaminants to compare with the food. This lab detected aminopterin after switching to a UV-light detector to help them visualize the poison; it was initially difficult to pinpoint because of the food’s gummy consistency, which makes it hard to load into their machines and then to isolate out components.
Cornell is now trying to replicate the results of the state lab.
Charges were dropped today against the former head of the Nebraska VMA, who had been accused of injecting vodka into race horses.
The spring issue of Equine News, a newsletter from the Washington State University College of Veteirnary Medicine is now available. The current issue includes stories on laminitis, the current outbreak of equine herpes virus, and postpartum care for mares.
During the past several years, FDA has been considering changes to the Agency’s Animal Feed Safety System (AFSS), which is a program aimed at protecting human and animal health by ensuring that animal feed is safe. As part of this effort, FDA is developing a model for ranking the relative risks to human and animal health from contaminants in animal feed.
In light of the current pet food recall, catmanager thinks the tone of this meeting might be a bit different from the public meeting held last September.
Coming in June to the CW, a new TV drama about a veterinarian who moves his family to South Africa.
If you live in Virginia, Happy Rabies Awareness Week (catmanager is sorry to say he wasn’t aware—but then I don’t live in Virginia).