Here we count down the top 10 news articles that made veterinary headlines in 2018:
10. An FDA warning
Earlier this year the FDA warned veterinary professionals and those who work with horses and pigs to use caution with altrenogest, a synthetic progesterone product used to suppress estrus in mares and to synchronize estrus in gilts.
“Most people became exposed when the drug contacted their skin. Some of these exposures have occurred when people, who did not administer the drug, touched product residue on barn surfaces, equipment, or treated animals,” the FDA reported. Read more about the warning and the adverse effects here.
9. A loan again …
Got debt? The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) spelled potential relief for some veterinarians in return for “service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations.” While the application process for 2018 closed on March 16, the USDA announced another nearly $10 million will be distributed in 2019 to address shortages in food supply veterinarians. Read more here.
8. Unsolved mystery
It started with two dead cows discovered near Heber, Arizona. Two days later, 14 more dead cattle were discovered. “ It was later believed that the cattle could have been poisoned by a naturally occurring ecological conditions in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest where the cattle graze.” Read more about the investigation.
7. We’re ticked about this …
“Have pathogens, may travel.” That’s what we know about the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis). This little creeper snuck into four states that confirmed sightings of the exotic Asian pest. The scariest part: the tick can reproduce parthenogenetically (without a male), meaning a single fed female tick can create a population. Read more about this tick and known pathogens here.
6. A crushing story
What started as an image of a cow in a hoof trimming chute was quickly twisted into a bizarre Facebook post from an Australian-based page, “Animals are People, too.” A caption with the photo reads, “Cow crushers designed to crush cows to death is one horrid thing but this is a whole new level or cow torture! This device gives farmers a kick from LITERALLY crushes the poor animal whilst rotating it up, down, side to side in a rapid movement controlled by a big tractor machine, shaking it around in HORROR! This is NOT a theme park! This poor cow had no hope, the blood would have rushed to her head until she passed out and who knows what the “farmers” did to the poor animal after that. All I know is that she is dead now and is probably covered in urine.” Read more about the group that caused mass viral confusion before the group shuttered its Facebook page.