Vet College Rethinks Practice Surgeries – for Sep. 16, 2010

Students at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College will find a change of plans starting this semester in how they’re taught basic surgical skills and anesthesia.

Instead of performing procedures on anesthetized animals, which are then euthanized while still anesthetized, more surgical-skills models and cadavers will be used, the OVC said Friday.

Experience will also be gained with anesthetic recoveries and with spays and neuters for shelter animals, the OVC said.

OVC stressed the change in curriculum won’t affect its accreditations with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, which are based on “outcome assessment, not on specific teaching methodologies.”

USDA Knew Of Egg Farm Problems: Report

U. S. Department of Agriculture experts knew about sanitary problems at one of two Iowa farms at the centre of a massive nationwide egg recall, but did not notify health authorities, theWall Street Journalreported.

Bacteria found in chicken feed used at the two Iowa farms was linked to a salmonella outbreak that prompted the recall of more than a half billion eggs, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration said last month.

TheJournalcited USDA daily sanitation reports that underscored regulatory gaps that may have contributed to delays in discovering contamination.

But the newspaper said it wasn’t clear whether the problems identified by USDA had anything to do with the salmonella contamination, the largest since the 1970s.

The FDA, which has responsibility for egg safety, said it never heard from USDA about problems such as dirt and mould at the Wright County Egg facility, theJournal reported.

USDA said it didn’t give notice because “the conditions at the egg plant packing facilities were routine,” the report said.

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