A report in the 6 April issue of Science explains why small dogs are small and large are large. Here’s a news article on the findings. Here’s the abstract.

A British cat won a giant Easter egg.

Tune in online to Heska’s annual shareholder meeting on 4 May 2007. Info about the Webcast is here. (The press release says to “click on the Annual Meeting of Stockholders link on the front page” of the Heska Web site, however when I checked today no such link yet existed; hopefully the PR and IT departments will coordinate a little more closely in the future.)

An editorial in the Times of Malta urges the Maltese to consider setting up their own college of veterinary medicine.

A U.S. military veterinary mission in Djibouti ends up rescuing a young man caught in a flash flood. “With a powerful current of water standing between them and the injured 19 year-old man, three military members, accompanied by a local Djiboutian, tethered themselves together with a rope and made their way into the river.”

A nice story on a Columbus, WI, veterinarian whose husband is reservist serving in Iraq.

A horse in Bakersfield, CA, that got trapped in an overturned, mangled horse trailer (in pouring rain) is rescued. The rescue is caught on camera. (Or you can read a transcript here.) reports on the end of the most recent outbreak of equine infectious anemia in Ireland.

CIO Asia reports on the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s development and implementation of a veterinary management information system. “With the value of the animals being cared for in excess of US$190 million, the stakes are high.” Indeed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on caprine acupuncture.

K9 Magazine explains how the Petplan Charitable Trust, a charity operated by a British pet insurance company, works.

The Veterinary News Network deems itself newsworthy.

Donations from grateful clients to veterinary colleges (and their teaching hospitals) are climbing.

Go for the title (“Plastic Rats and Disposable Lungs”). Go for the lead image (tandem parachuters, one holding a large gray plastic dog). Go to learn about the new generation of pet mannequins being used to train veterinarians. Just go! This story from Wired has so much going for it!

A profile of Emily Hilscher, a veterinary assistant who was one of the people killed at Virginia Tech last week.


With spring upon us, veterinarians might once again be asked to operate on that sweetest of avian critters, Peepsis mallowis. Need a refresher? Catmanager recommends this excellent article on Peep surgery from the venerable Peep Research Organization. The article makes clear that operations on this species, while carrying their own special set of complications, are not necessarily restricted to the avian specialist. From the “Introduction”:

One of the great mysteries of the Peep species is that these creatures are always born as conjoined quintuplets. Some scientists have theorized that this arrangement, much like pack behavior in other species, serves as a natural protection against predators. . . .

Nevertheless, as Peeps integrate into modern society, there is no ethical reason they should be denied the benefits of individualism.

In addition to describing the surgery itself, the article offers tips on patient prep, anesthetic protocols, how to handle emergencies, and advanced reconstructive surgical technique. Enjoy!

Here are some photos of a raw-feeding method that seems acceptable. 🙂 Catmanager can’t tell what type of cat is shown, but it might be a fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrina) rather than a house cat.

Dolittler writes about the occupational hazards we in the veterinary profession can face, including a novel one: dogs that emit toxic gases. No, really. Check it out—and be sure to read the news report that prompted Dolittler’s post; the imprecision of the reporting is uninentionally amusing (or maybe it’s just me).

Over on the Pet Connection Blog, celebrity vet Dr. Marty Becker explains why he always wears the same outfit on his Good Morning America (GMA) appearances. Ten years is a long time to go without a wardrobe change, and you’ll have to decide for yourself whether Dr. Becker’s rationale makes any sense. Catmanager has an allergy to early morning news programs, so he’s never seen Dr. Becker on GMA; knowing what he normally looks like might have some bearing on this issue. 🙂 In any event, he promises “you’ll see me wearing something that’s noticeably different” on this Friday’s episode of GMA.