Archive for December, 2015

New form of transmissible cancer found in Tasmanian devils

Devil facial tumor disease is a contagious cancer threatening to wipe out Tasmanian devils. Now, researchers have identified a second form of transmissible cancer in the animals.

RCVS Council member made CBE

The RCVS would like to congratulate RCVS Council member and Chief Veterinary Officer Professor Nigel Gibbens, who has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours list for 2016.

SUNY Downstate researchers identify areas of plague risk in western US

Findings may be used by pubic health agencies to aid in plague surveillance.

Mind Matters Initiative to host Wellness Symposium at Virtual Congress 2016

As part of our Mind Matters Initiative, we have collaborated with The Webinar Vet to offer a free ‘Wellness Symposium’ for the veterinary professions as part of the 4th International Webinar Vet Virtual Congress 2016.

College makes Christmas donation to international veterinary charity

This Christmas we have made a £3,000 donation to the international animal welfare and veterinary care charity Worldwide Veterinary Service.

Sharing a bed with your pet could help you sleep

Allowing your four-legged companion to sleep in your bed may help you sleep by offering a sense of companionship, security and relaxation, finds a Mayo Clinic study.

Quality, not quantity: humans evolved to get deeper, shorter sleep

Duke University researchers suggest that humans evolved to sleep shorter periods of time, while plunging into deeper sleep for longer periods.

Sea lions exposed to algal toxin show impaired spatial memory; study has human implications

Permanent neurological and behavioral changes caused by the neurotoxin domoic acid may affect sea lions’ ability to survive in the wild.

Vet Futures: What role might patient safety play in the veterinary profession?

What role might patient safety play in the veterinary profession? That’s the question posed by this month’s Vet Futures blogger, Mark Turner, who considers what the profession could learn from the NHS.

Scientists investigated molecular processes for targeted dog cancer therapy

Almost every second dog above the age of ten years develops cancer. Modern tumor therapy combines surgery, radiation therapy and novel drug treatment options.