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DECEMBER 11th, 2018


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  • VCA Animal Hospitals introducing voice command through Amazon’s Alexa
  • FDA approves epileptic drug to treat dogs anxious by noises
  • PBI-Gordon Corporation opens new headquarters
  • Nearly a dozen dog food brands recalled due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D
  • Southern Veterinary Partners acquires Vestavia Animal Clinic
  • Julie Funk joining Univ. of Arizona to lead proposed veterinary college
  • AAEP honors Dr. Kent Fowler with Distinguished Service Award
  • Couple who lost home due to wildfire have “unexpected” reunion

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  • Dr. Pat Gorden Elected as 2019 AABP Vice President
  • Cargill opens new protein HQ
  • Joint statement outlines steps veterinarians in N. America, Europe can take to combat antimicrobial resistance
  • U.S. beef gains access to new market
  • Poultry processor to add 100-plus jobs in Georgia

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VCA Animal Hospitals introducing voice command through Amazon’s Alexa
According to Pet Product News, VCA Animal Hospitals is enabling pet owners to receive their pets' healthcare reminders and book appointments through Amazon Alexa, making VCA the first in the animal hospital industry to introduce voice command to manage pets' healthcare, according to company officials. Once pet owners enable the VCA Animal Hospitals skill after linking it to their online VCA account, they then can simply open the skill by saying: “Alexa, open VCA,” “Alexa, ask VCA when my pet is due for vaccines” or “Alexa, ask VCA to book an appointment for my pet.” According to eMarketer, smart speakers are the fastest growing consumer technology since the smartphone, and a recent study by Adobe forecasts that nearly half of U.S. households will own a smart speaker by the end of 2018.

FDA approves epileptic drug to treat dogs anxious by noises
According to NBC News, The Food and Drug Administration has approved an anti-epileptic drug, Pexion, to treat dogs freaked out by noises. The drug is already approved for use in treating epilepsy. Known generically as imepitoin, the drug is similar to Valium and other benzodiazepines but works in a different way to treat noise aversion. Other seizure drugs, such as gabapentin, can also treat some types of anxiety. “Dogs with noise aversion are sensitive to loud noises such as fireworks, street/traffic noises, and gun shots,” the FDA said. Studies have shown that Pexion can help dogs stay calm during fireworks shows, the FDA said.

PBI-Gordon Corporation opens new headquarters
PBI-Gordon Corporation announced that it has officially moved into its new corporate headquarters, located at Shawnee Crossings office building, 22701 West 68th Terrace in Shawnee, Kansas. PBI-Gordon manufactures consumer and professional turf and landscape products, and animal health, nutrition and grooming products. PBI-Gordon announced its purchase of the building in March 2018. Since then, the building has undergone renovations to accommodate approximately 100 of the company’s employee owners. PBI-Gordon currently employs more than 400 nationally in facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Florida. PBI-Gordon has been headquartered in the Kansas City metro area since its founding in 1947. The company recently moved from its former headquarters at 1217 W. 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri’s West Bottoms, where it had been since 1981. 

Nearly a dozen dog food brands recalled due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D
According to AAHA NEWSTat, last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted pet owners and veterinary professionals that at least 11 different brands of dog food are recalling their products and that people need to check before feeding any dry food to their dogs. “Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D,” the FDA said in a notice on its website. Recalled brands include Nutrisca, Natural Life, Sunshine Mills, ANF, Inc., Lidl, Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, Abound (sold at Kroger), and Nature’s Promise (sold at Giant and Stop & Shop), as well as others, the FDA said. The agency also cautions that this may not be a complete list, as it’s common for retail chains to buy products from a contract manufacturer and sell them under various brand names. The FDA says it’s working with the manufacturer in question to provide a comprehensive list of affected brands.

Southern Veterinary Partners acquires Vestavia Animal Clinic
Southern Veterinary Partners has acquired and welcomed Vestavia Animal Clinic in Vestavia Hills, Alabama as its 14th animal hospital in Alabama and 65th across 10 southern states, according to a release. Vestavia Animal Clinic has served pets in Vestavia, Hoover and Birmingham communities since 1984 when it was founded by Dr. Shane West, who at the time of the acquisition owned Vestavia Animal Clinic with Dr. Brad Murphy and Dr. Frank McClure.

Julie Funk joining Univ. of Arizona to lead proposed veterinary college
Veterinarian and national leader in online education Julie Funk is joining the University of Arizona as dean of the proposed College of Veterinary Medicine, effective March 18, 2019. She currently is consulting for the UA on its proposed veterinary medicine program. The UA's proposed College of Veterinary Medicine is designed to have a competency-based, year-round curriculum that will graduate students in three years, allowing them to enter the workforce a year earlier than traditional programs. As founding dean, Funk will be responsible for working with the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education to earn full accreditation for the UA College of Veterinary Medicine. Funk joins the UA from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where she was a professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences and associate dean for academic programs and student success.

AAEP honors Dr. Kent Fowler with Distinguished Service Award
The American Association of Equine Practitioners recognized a California regulatory veterinarian for his leadership and advocacy in protecting the horse from infectious diseases when presenting its 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Kent Fowler, DVM. The Distinguished Service Award honors exemplary service to the AAEP or a similar organization to the benefit of the horse, horse industry or profession of equine veterinary medicine. Dr. Fowler was honored Dec. 4 during the President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 64th Annual Convention in San Francisco, Calif.  Dr. Fowler is the Animal Health Branch chief for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in Sacramento. He was an early advocate for creation of the Equine Disease Communication Center and the National Equine Health Plan, participating in initial planning meetings in 2010 and playing an instrumental role in advancing the concepts and obtaining acceptance and use of the EDCC by state veterinarians.

Couple who lost home due to wildfire have “unexpected” reunion
After losing their home to California’s deadliest wildfire, one couple had an unexpected reunion with their loyal pet, Time reported. K9 Paw Print Rescue, a non-profit, Bay Area-based animal rescue group, said on Facebook that the couple returned to the site of their lost home in Paradise, Calif., and their beloved dog Madison was there as well. “They hoped and prayed he would be OK,” the group posted. “When they finally got clearance to go back to the lot where their house once stood… Madison was waiting there for them as if he were protecting his former home. Never give up!” Read more of their story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/couple-returns-to-home-lost-in-californias-camp-fire-to-find-their-dog-waiting-for-them/ar-BBQGbPN?ocid=spartanntp

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Dr. Pat Gorden Elected as 2019 AABP Vice President
Pat Gorden, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVCP, Iowa State University, has been elected as incoming 2019 vice president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). Gorden will assume the vice president position at the AABP Annual Conference in September, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. Gorden, a 1993 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, worked at a dairy practice in southwest Wisconsin, served as an adjunct instructor in the Animal Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and was a dairy practitioner in Chandler, Ariz., concentrating on milk quality programs and milking equipment evaluation. Since 2007, Gorden has been on the faculty of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is currently a clinical professor specializing in dairy production medicine in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine and has been appointed as the department‘s Director of Food Supply Veterinary Medicine.

Cargill opens new protein HQ
Cargill announced its new state-of-the-art building was created as a destination to retain and recruit top talent and immerse customers in innovative culinary and food sensory experiences, according to a release. Designed for collaboration and growth, the headquarters connects Cargill's 800 Wichita-based employees with 28,000 additional colleagues across North America and more than three dozen protein production facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Benefits of the space include: An immersive technology conference room that enables employees to collaborate easier and faster with their colleagues in global locations from Buenos Aires to Geneva to Shanghai; A presentation kitchen to connect customers and visitors to food solutions and inspired culinary innovation; A sensory center that allows Cargill and its customers to conduct product research, focus groups and product testing.

Joint statement outlines steps veterinarians in N. America, Europe can take to combat antimicrobial resistance
Veterinary organizations in North America and Europe have teamed up to combat antimicrobial resistance while ensuring the continuing availability of medications essential for human and animal health. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) have released a Joint Statement on Continuous Monitoring of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance. The statement describes broad steps and strategies veterinarians around the world can take to preserve the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs while safeguarding animal, public and environmental health. For more, visit https://www.avma.org/News/PressRoom/Pages/avma-cvma-fve-joint-statement-on-antimicrobial-resistance.aspx

U.S. beef gains access to new market
According to a USDA release, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that U.S. beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco's market under the terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Morocco opened its market to U.S. poultry in August, 2018. "President Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. New access to the Moroccan market for beef and beef products is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products," said Ambassador Lighthizer. "I welcome Morocco's agreement to allow imports of U.S. beef and look forward to growing our shipments to Morocco."

Poultry processor to add 100-plus jobs in Georgia
According to AllOnGeorgia, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Harrison Poultry Inc., a family-owned, fully integrated poultry processing company, will create 102 jobs and invest $70 million in a new feed mill and hatchery in Taliaferro County. Headquartered in Bethlehem, Harrison Poultry’s products are sold both in the U.S. and abroad. With this announcement, Harrison Poultry will also increase capacity at its feed mill and hatchery in Barrow County, creating additional jobs in Winder. Harrison Poultry recently began construction on the state-of-the-art chicken feed manufacturing facility and hatchery in Crawfordville to support rising demand for poultry. In addition to current operations, the completed facility will enable the company to support up to a total of 165 new broiler houses and produce up to 18,000 tons of feed weekly.

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