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Released: 19-May-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Researchers go cuckoo: Antarctic penguins release an extreme amount of laughing gas
University of Copenhagen

More than 1600 kilometers east of the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica lies the Atlantic island of South Georgia.

Released: 14-May-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Radiologist creates brain atlases for cats, dogs, horses
Cornell University

A clinical radiologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Cornell University has created three brain atlases – feline, canine and equine – to help improve MRI diagnostics.

Released: 13-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Study confirms cats can become infected with and may transmit COVID-19 to other cats
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

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Released: 22-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
New bat species discovered -- cousins of the ones suspected in COVID-19
Field Museum

Bats play a huge but poorly understood role in humans' lives--they pollinate our crops, eat disease-carrying mosquitos, and carry diseases themselves.

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Released: 17-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
The origin of feces: coproID reliably predicts sources of ancient poop
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

The archaeological record is littered with feces, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and diet, parasite evolution, and the ecology and evolution of the microbiome.

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Released: 14-Apr-2020 6:40 PM EDT
Flamingos form firm friendships
University of Exeter

Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Cornell center helps confirm COVID-19 in Bronx Zoo tiger
Cornell University

A 4-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 on April 5, the diagnosis confirmed thanks in part to an assist from Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC).

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Released: 14-Apr-2020 8:55 AM EDT
A study at zoos shows that 42% of the animals were infected with the Toxoplasma gondii
University of Cordoba

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which can be passed from animals to human beings (zoonosis).

Released: 1-Apr-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Urban dogs are more fearful than their cousins from the country
University of Helsinki

Fearfulness is one of the most common behavioural disorders in dogs.

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Released: 20-Mar-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Reanalysis of global amphibian crisis study finds important flaws
University of California, Berkeley

Though biodiversity is in crisis globally, amphibians in particular face a variety of threats.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EDT
New research unpicks root causes of separation anxiety in dogs
University of Lincoln

Separation anxiety in dogs should be seen as a symptom of underlying frustrations rather than a diagnosis, and understanding these root causes could be key to effective treatment, new research by animal behaviour specialists suggests.

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Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Lioness’ surgery at Cornell is roaring success
Cornell University

A big cat got the lion’s share of attention – literally – when her keepers took her to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

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Released: 7-Mar-2020 9:15 AM EST
Unwanted behavior in dogs is common, with great variance between breeds
University of Helsinki

All dog breeds have unwanted behaviour, such as noise sensitivity, aggressiveness and separation anxiety, but differences in frequency between breeds are great.

Released: 28-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST
Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine
Texas A&M AgriLife

Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world. But coronaviruses are not new to livestock and poultry producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife veterinary epidemiologist.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 1:20 PM EST
Watching TV helps birds make better food choices
University of Cambridge

By watching videos of each other eating, blue tits and great tits can learn to avoid foods that taste disgusting and are potentially toxic, a new study has found.

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Released: 13-Feb-2020 8:40 AM EST
I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse
University of South Australia

A pilot study undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia at Adelaide Zoo, has developed a new way to undertake basic health checks of exotic wildlife using a digital camera, saving them the stress of an anaesthetic.

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Released: 4-Feb-2020 3:50 PM EST
Does animal size in zoos matter?
University of Southern Denmark

As a sixth mass extinction sends shock waves through whole categories of species, modern zoos and aquariums stand as leading sources of conservation funding and safe havens for populations deemed threatened in the wild.

Newswise: Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive
Released: 22-Jan-2020 11:30 AM EST
Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive
Florida Atlantic University

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles’ eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern U.S. from 2009 to 2017, and found that 75 percent did not survive following admission into a rehabilitation facility, irrespective of whether or not tumor regrowth occurred after surgery.

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Released: 17-Jan-2020 11:05 AM EST
Climate may play a bigger role than deforestation in rainforest biodiversity
Field Museum

"Save the rainforests" is a snappy slogan, but it doesn't tell the full story of how complicated it is to do just that.

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Released: 14-Jan-2020 2:20 PM EST
New parasitoid wasp species discovered in the Amazon -- can manipulate host's behavior
University of Turku (Turun yliopisto)

A research group from the Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku studies the diversity of parasitoid insects around the world.

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Released: 6-Jan-2020 4:15 PM EST
Experts Come Together to Save 3-year-old Gorilla’s Eyesight at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
University of California San Diego Health

San Diego Zoo Safari Park and UC San Diego Health experts performed cataract surgery to restore a 3-year-old gorilla’s eyesight.

Newswise: A Cancer Drug Trial For Dogs Presented At The RSNA Annual Meeting
1-Dec-2019 8:00 AM EST
A Cancer Drug Trial For Dogs Presented At The RSNA Annual Meeting
Johns Hopkins Medicine

What do you do when your best friend is diagnosed with a cancer that kills most of its patients within a few months? A few brave dog owners turned to Johns Hopkins, where veterinarians, radiologists and physicists have teamed up to conduct an experimental trial of a therapy they hope will extend the lives of their beloved pets.

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Released: 4-Dec-2019 11:05 AM EST
Birds are shrinking as the climate warms
Field Museum

Every day in the spring and fall since 1978, scientists and volunteers at Chicago's Field Museum have gotten up as early as 3:30 in the morning to collect fallen birds that have crashed into nearby buildings' windows.

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Released: 26-Nov-2019 4:10 PM EST
Veterinary clinicians’ ‘house call’ saves beloved Chihuahua
Cornell University

Dr. Jared Baum from the Cornell University Hospital for Animals took a recent late-night road trip east to help save the life of Mabel, a 16-year-old Chihuahua, whose owners run a shelter for aging dogs.

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19-Nov-2019 12:45 PM EST
Ohio State Program Helps Pet Owners Cope During Grief Process
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Making end-of-life decisions for your pet or coping with the loss of an animal is something that no pet owner wants to think about. A program at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center recognizes the importance of human-animal bonds and provides grief support for pet owners facing tough decisions for their animal.

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Released: 14-Nov-2019 7:00 AM EST
Calling All Canines for National Dog Aging Project
UW Medicine

The National Dog Aging Program plans to track 10.000 pets across the U.S. for 10 years to learn why some dogs have long, healthy lives. All kinds of dogs will be included. Genetics, environment, behavior, habits and other factors affecting longevity will be studied.

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Released: 7-Nov-2019 2:05 PM EST
Mammals' complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we're learning how they evolved
Field Museum

Mammals' backbones are weird. Compared to other four-legged animals like reptiles, mammal spines are a complex mix of sections of differently-shaped bones.

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Released: 6-Nov-2019 6:05 PM EST
For the First Time: A Method for Measuring Animal Personality
Weizmann Institute of Science

A study on mice, conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science's Prof. Alon Chen and colleagues, shows that animal research may need to take into account the connection between genes, behavior, and personality

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Released: 31-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Zoo animal research skewed towards 'popular' species
University of Exeter

Research on zoo animals focuses more on "familiar" species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say.

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Released: 30-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Detection dogs and DNA on the trail of endangered lizards
University of California, Davis

Detection dogs trained to sniff out the scat of an endangered lizard in California's San Joaquin Valley, combined with genetic species identification, could represent a new noninvasive sampling technique for lizard conservation worldwide.

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Released: 30-Oct-2019 10:50 AM EDT
Shelter animals receive care at ISU College of Veterinary Medicine on their way to adoption
Iowa State University

A surgery, anesthesia and community outreach course for third-year veterinary students at Iowa State University prepares students for clinical practice while helping dogs and cats in animal shelters and rescues get adopted. The program treats all common problems presented in shelter pets, including eye, ear and skin problems and gastrointestinal parasites.

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Released: 28-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Lend me a flipper
Kyoto University

Cooperation is one of the most important abilities for any social species. From hunting, breeding, and child rearing, it has allowed many animals -- including humans -- to survive and thrive.

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Released: 24-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
The benefits that carnivorous animals bring to society are under-studied
University of Granada

Carnivores deliver important benefits for society, but it is their conflicts with humans that account for the majority of academic research publications

18-Oct-2019 3:35 PM EDT
Common chemical linked to rare birth defect in mice
University of Wisconsin-Madison

A research team reports that PBO interferes with the critical signaling pathway dubbed by scientists as sonic hedgehog, resulting in stunted forebrain development and signature facial abnormalities.

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Released: 21-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Study helps pinpoint what makes species vulnerable to environmental change
Princeton University

The fabled use of canaries in coal mines as an early warning of carbon monoxide stemmed from the birds' extreme sensitivity to toxic conditions compared to humans.

Newswise: Southwest National Primate Research Center Welcomes New Veterinarian
Released: 9-Oct-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Southwest National Primate Research Center Welcomes New Veterinarian
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Anna Goodroe, D.V.M., DACLAM, is the newest veterinarian to join the staff at the Southwest National Primate Research Center on the Texas Biomedical Research Institute campus. As an Assistant Veterinarian, she is part of the Veterinary Resources and Research Support team.

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Released: 26-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Living coral cover will slow future reef dissolution
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

A team led by David Kline, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, asked what would happen if they lowered the pH on a living coral reef.

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23-Sep-2019 11:20 AM EDT
Virus may jump species through rock-and-roll motion with receptors
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

The researchers used a sophisticated electron microscope that can take pictures of structures at the atomic level to examine the virus as it interacted with the transferrin receptor, or TfR, a protein on the surface of the cell that helps manage a body’s iron uptake.

Newswise: History Made as Texas Tech University Breaks Ground on School of Veterinary Medicine
Released: 19-Sep-2019 12:45 PM EDT
History Made as Texas Tech University Breaks Ground on School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas Tech University

The school, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, is expected to enroll its first class in Fall 2021.

Released: 19-Sep-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Overweight Danes are more likely to have overweight dogs according to new research
University of Copenhagen

A new study from the University of Copenhagen reports that the prevalence of overweight dogs is markedly larger among overweight owners than among normal weight owners.

Released: 17-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Scientists in New York City discover a valuable method to track rats
Oxford University Press

A new paper in The Journal of Urban Ecology, published by Oxford University Press, finds that rats can be baited to, or repelled from, locations using pheromones found in the scents of other rats.

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Released: 9-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Cornell Veterinarians Help Horse Return to Ring After Kissing Spine
Cornell University

X-rays revealed that 11 of Wrangler’s vertebrae suffered from kissing spine, four of which were so severe, they had fused together. Drs. Elaine Claffey, Jackie Hill, and Norm Ducharme worked together for Wrangler’s extensive surgery. After the surgery, Wrangler had a year-long recovery period.


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