- Wolfgang Baeumer, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
- Patrick Boerlin, University of Guelph
- Patrick Butaye, Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre
- Jose J Ceron, University of Murcia
- Manfred Kietzmann, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
- Peter Leegwater, Utrecht University
- Cheryl London, The Ohio State University
- Laura Rinaldi, University of Naples Federico II
- Hans-Hermann Thulke, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
- Alun Williams, The Royal Veterinary College
- Diana JL Williams, University of Liverpool
- Hayley Henderson, BioMed Central
Post-mortem examinations on UK based red squirrels reveals a growing threat to this species due to a number of conditions including human related causes, such as road traffic accidents, attacks by pets and pest control measures, in addition to previously unrecognised diseases.
Bronchioloalveolar progenitor cells, purified and enriched from the lungs of lambs, have dual differentiation potential in addition to expressing specialised genes and may represent new tools to study regeneration or new therapeutic targets.
Culturing equine tendon fibroblasts in monlayers can result in cellular injury, including DNA damage, and affected cells should not be used for mechanistic injury studies, or ex vivo therapeutic applications due to problems with comparability.
The Infectious Disease of East Africa Livestock (IDEAL) epidemiology study has identified a high diversity of pathogens amongst cattle in western Kenya, highlighting the need to develop new evidence based interventions in this setting.
The clinical and pathological findings of lissencephaly with cerebellar hypoplasia in Churra lambs reveals evidence for an autosomal recessive mode for inheritance and should be considered as a possible cause of new lambs demonstrating inability to walk or suck.
the English version of the UNESP-Botucatu multidimensional composite pain scale is a valid and reliable scale for assessing acute pain in cats undergoing ovariohysterectomy, when used by anesthesiologists and anesthesia technicians.
The simplicity of isolation and the differentiation potential of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (bMSC) obtained from abattoir derived fetal bone marrow suggest that they may be an appropriate candidate for investigating mesenchymal stem cell biology and for eventual applications for regenerative therapy.
A modified Dresden-protocol for corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) could be used to successfully treat stromal ulcerative keratitis in sedated, standing horses, minimising the risks associated with general anaesthesia in this species.
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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
Dolphin morbillivirus may be associated with the unusual mass mortality episode in striped dolphins in the Western Mediterranean sea in 2011, leading to questions of how this virus circulates and why only striped dolphins appeared to be affected.BMC Veterinary Research 2013, 9:106
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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Patrick Boerlin is currently associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, Canada.
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