- Wolfgang Baeumer, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
- Patrick Boerlin, University of Guelph
- Patrick Butaye, Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre
- Ignacio Calvo, Fitzpatrick Referrals
- Jose J Ceron, University of Murcia
- Daniel Horton, University of Surrey
- Manfred Kietzmann, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
- Peter Leegwater, Utrecht University
- Cheryl London, The Ohio State University
- Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln
- Laura Rinaldi, University of Naples Federico II
- Hans-Hermann Thulke, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
- Holger A Volk, Royal Veterinary College
- Diana JL Williams, University of Liverpool
- Hayley Henderson, BioMed Central
New relevant learning objectives for veterinary neurology have been proposed, encompassing knowledge, skills and attitudes for veterinary undergraduate students in Europe, with an aim to help reform the veterinary curriculum regarding neurology and reduce the phenomenon of "Neurophobia”.
Eprinomectin treatment of dairy cows at calving causes a reduction in gastrointestinal nematode infection and an increase in daily milk yield during the following lactation, which is related to non-invasive parameters, including body condition score.
Oral phenobarbital and imepitoin are amongst likely effective anti-epileptic drugs for the treatment of canine idiopathic epilepsy; however, poor reporting in literature preclude definitive recommendations prompting a need for greater blinded RCTs evaluating the efficacy of these drugs.
Labrador Retrievers adapt their gait pattern and step length to compensate for the discrepancy in apparent leg length caused by cross-slope walking, and such functional musculoskeletal adaptations may be difficult for animals with impaired locomotion.
A novel single LNA-based Chlamydia suis-specific probe using real-time PCR, enables direct identification from swabs without requiring sequencing analysis and culturing, and could be used as a routine diagnostic test in pig herds with clinical and subclinical infection.
A field-deployable device method, based on one-tube reverse transcription-insulated isothermal polymerase chain reaction for detection of canine distemper virus (CDV) demonstrates great potential to be used for point-of-care diagnosis and surveillance of CDV in animals, especially in resource-limited facilities.
Optimally timed computed tomography (CT) is an accurate screening tool for articular osteochondrosis (OC) in piglets, and could potentially be used in screening and selection against OC through development of future selection techniques based on genetic screening against heritable OC.
Alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity in bovine nasal secretion is higher compared to bovine serum, and is produced in the nasal epithelium, raising a number of questions in relation to host protection functions of AP in this fluid.
Mavacoxib (COX-2 inhibitor) induces significant cell growth arrest and apoptosis in a panel of canine cancer cell lines, and also inhibits cancer stem cell survival in an in vitro osteosarcoma, highlighting the drug’s potential for canine cancer treatment.
Infectious canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) is currently endemic in at least 90 countries worldwide including isolated regions, implicating free-roaming dogs as a potential reservoir for the disease, and prompts revision of control measures to reduce CTVT prevalence and spread.
Featured case reports
Contrast material swallow (CS) study using fluoroscopy was the most reliable diagnostic method for the management of a canine congenital tracheosophageal fistula (TEF), unlike bronchoscopy which may allow the fistula to be visualized, but can lead to a false negative result.BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:16
Infrared thermography imaging may be effective for the objective and early detection of electrocuted birds, proving beneficial for examining live animals that require no amputation or cannot be subjected to invasive histopathology.BMC Veterinary Research 2013, 9:149
Sebastian McBride and Daniel Mills review the physiological and psychological factors including behavioural modifications that can improve the ability of the performance horse, however, further research is still required to continue improvement of the equine athlete.BMC Veterinary Research 2012, 8:180
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