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Vet Q&A: Keeping your pet safe this summer

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Kristi Flynn, D.V.M., a veterinarian with the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine, is here to offer some tips to beat the heat and help keep your pet happy, healthy and hydrated this summer.

Dr. Flynn will be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds 10 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday, June 30 at Pet A Palooza answering questions about diet, nutrition, weight and behavior from the College of Vet Med's booth. Pets are welcome and the event is free and open to the public. Be sure to drop in and ask the vet!

Q: What are seasonal problems that people bring their pets to the vet for this time of year?
Flynn: People and their pets are generally more active during the summer months. As a result, we tend to see a more injuries such as cuts and dog bites.

Q: How does heat affect my dog?
Flynn: Dogs do not sweat like we do, but rather cool themselves by panting. In high humidity, panting is less efficient, making it harder to cool off. For this reason we recommend that you do not jog with your dog or leave your dog in the car -- even with windows cracked -- on hot or humid days. Additionally, running or walking on hot pavement can result in blisters on your pet's paw pads.

Q: How can I tell if my dog is overheating?
Flynn: He may pant profusely, have an anxious or worried expression, have skin that is warm to the touch, drool, be less responsive than usual, collapse or exhibit signs of weakness. If your pet exhibits these signs discontinue activity and get your dog to a cooler place. Seek immediate veterinary advice and run room temperature (not cold) water over your dogs belly and feet.

Q: What about traveling with my pet?
Flynn: It is very important to have proper identification with current phone numbers for both dogs and cats. Should our pet accidentally escape, we want them to be safely returned as quickly as possible.

Q: Is there anything else I should know for summer?
Flynn: Always make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water!

Photo credit: Flickr user w00tdew00t via creative commons.

Back In The Nest

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Image: AHC LogoHarmon, a three-week-old baby eagle, is back in his nest after being treated at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the eagle's injury and future recovery.

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Low stress cattle handling - Part 2

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Image: AHC LogoTo successfully understand low stress animal handling, it is important to understand animal behavior. Paul Rapnicki, College of Veterinary Medicine, recommends that cattle handlers communicate with a cow through her five senses: taste, smell, hearing, sight, and touch.

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U of M Raptor Center comes to the aid of a baby bald eagle

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Have you ever seen a Bald Eagle up close?

If you have, how about a three-week old baby Bald Eagle. Those are quite a sight to behold and Kare 11 has video of one special baby Bald Eagle that was recently treated by the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. (Here's a teaser: around the 35 second mark you get a look at the little fella! And if you want even more, here's a link to Minnesota Bound's live webcam of the nest in which he lives.)

The eaglet, named Harmon, was taken down from his nest Friday after one of his wings got stuck in a corner. According to Julia Ponder, C.V.M., executive director of Raptor Center, the wing was so badly wounded that it had become infected and infected with maggots. If the Raptor Center staff hadn't intervened, the little guy could have died.

But now, hopefully that result is far less likely. Watch Harmon's story here, via Kare 11.

Case of Mad Cow Disease Is Found in U.S.

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Image: New York Times LogoThe Department of Agriculture announced that it had identified a case of mad cow disease, the first in six years, in a dairy cow in central California. Will Hueston, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses how this case is different from many of the cases of the past.

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Bald Eagle Sightings Increasing In Mpls, Suburbs

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Image: WCCO LogoBald eagles have been spotted lately in Minneapolis parks and Suburban neighborhoods. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that eagles are now more willing to live in urban areas and some of them are even nesting in urban areas.

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Study examining swine veterinarians' MRSA risk

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers in Minnesota hope to improve understanding of the frequency, duration, and risks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization and infection among swine veterinarians. Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains how his study differs from ones in the past.

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U research helps predict and control seizures in epileptic dogs

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Image: MN Daily LogoRecent research by the U of M could help owners of severely epileptic dogs predict, control and more effectively treat their pets' seizures. Ned Patterson, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses his research and the device that is being used to predict the seizures.

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Eye to eye with a veterinary ophthalmologist

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Image: Star Tribune LogoChristine Lim, College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured in a Star Tribune profile about being a veterinary ophthalmologist. Lim explains that she works with a variety of animals and once a year she offers free eye exams for service dogs.

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Snowy owls take flight at Sherburne refuge

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Image: AHC LogoThree juvenile male snowy owls were released recently in hopes that the owls would return to the Arctic. All three owls had undergone rehabilitation, much of it at the Raptor Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dermatology: Dealing with Itchy Patients

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Image: AHC LogoVeterinary dermatologists created guidelines to help primary care practitioners identify and treat chronic atopic dermatitis (AD). Sandra Koch, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the allergies she sees in dogs and cats.

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Mayo Clinic and partners to explore new ways to predict and control seizures

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Image: AHC LogoThe U of M College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania and others are teaming up to study new ways to predict and control epileptic seizures in dogs and people.

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Mild Winter Could Mean More Fleas On Your Dog

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Image: WCCO LogoDog owners should be aware: Flea trouble is on the rise in the Twin Cities. Kristi Flynn, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about how fleas can be transmitted from pet to pet, at the dog park, going to kennels, and in any indoor location.

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High-priced dog foods: Are they worth the money?

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Image: KARE 11 LogoIn 2010 Americans spent more than $48 billion on pet products, that's three times as much money as we spent in bookstores. Julie Churchill, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses what to look for in pet food in order to help you do a great job at feeding your pet.

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Meet Mousey: MN's 1st Cat With A Pacemaker

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Image: WCCO LogoLast month the University of Minnesota performed its first-ever pacemaker surgery on a cat. Christopher Stauthammer, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the U of M is the only place in the state that offers these types of procedures.

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What You Might Not Know About Dog Food

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Image: WCCO LogoWith over 5,000 options to choose from, picking the right food for your dog can be touch. Julie Churchill, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the best food has gone through animal feeding tests, which is stated on the side or back of the food packaging.

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Start-up offers social media for pets

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Image: Star Tribune LogoSocial media isn't just for people anymore, soon owners will be able to interact with their pets from a mobile device or laptop. Margaret Duxbury, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about some potential problems that could come when a pet is introduced to technology.

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Wildlife, trade, susceptibility amplify food risks

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Image: AHC LogoA rise in global food system connections has increased the food trade system's vulnerability to collapse. Will Hueston, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about how food producers and processors can improve safety if they are given incentives and flexible regulations.

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A Wildlife Vet, a Pigeon, a Groundbreaking Discovery

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Image: AHC LogoThe College of Veterinary Medicine's Diagnostic Lab recently made a revolutionary discovery. Arno Wunschmann, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the discovery of a parasite in a pigeon, Sarcocystis calchasi, which is the first time in the United States it has been identified.

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Study Finds Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Retail Pork

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Image: AHC LogoResearchers have found that a serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as MRSA is becoming more prevalent in retail pork products. Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains how proper cooking and handling of raw meat can reduce any potential risk.

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Famed rescue eagle 'Harley' dies near Eveleth

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Image: AHC LogoHarley the motorcycle-riding bald eagle has recently perished. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about following the bird for two years and the death of the eagle.

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FDA acts to restrict use of cephalosporin drugs

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Image: AHC LogoThe FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine is ordering a restriction the use of the cephalosporin drugs in animals used for food. John Fetrow and Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, talk about the decision's impact on dairy and swine farmers.

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Snowy Owls Moving South in Search of Food

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Image: KSTP LogoIt's a rare sight in this part of Minnesota, but this winter you might get a glimpse of a snowy owl. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the snowy owls are having trouble finding food and it is leading to starvation.

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Bald Eagles Dying Of Lead Poisoning

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Image: WCCO LogoThis year, the Raptor Center has treated several bald eagles suffering the effects of lead poisoning. Pat Redig, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that ingesting tiny lead pellets from hunters causes acute lead poisoning in many of the eagles.

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Milking It: Ron Paul Wants Choice on Raw Milk

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Image: ABC News LogoJeff Bender, College of Veterinary Science, and William Hueston, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health, talk about how Ron Paul's push to legalize the sale of raw milk could lead to people drinking contaminated milk.

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Man's best friend: Key to brain cancer cure?

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Image: AHC LogoLiz Pluhar, College of Veterinary Science, John Ohlfest, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center and Stem Cell Institute, and Chris Moertel, Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians, talk about testing vaccine for a deadly form of brain cancer on dogs.

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New studies help extend the lives of dogs with cancer

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Image: MN Daily LogoThe College of Veterinary Medicine will begin a new trial aimed at treatment for dogs with osteosarcoma. Catherine St. Hill, College of Veterinary Medicine and Masonic Cancer Center, explains the goal of her research is to discover a way to either prevent or the progression of the disease.

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Starvation Forces Snowy Owls Into Minnesota

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Image: WCCO LogoA bird seldom seen south of the Canadian border is becoming a common sight among many this winter. Julie Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that the snowy owl migrates south in order to find more food during the winter.

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Bio-cremation coming to the Twin Cities

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Image: KARE 11 LogoIn a basement room at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine sits a giant squat machine. To the general public, it is a device for bio-cremation, an alternative to disposing of remains by the standard burning cremation.

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Horses taken from East Bethel farm are being held at U's veterinary center

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Image: AHC LogoSeven additional horses were seized from an East Bethel horse breeder's property Wednesday. The horses are being held and treated at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Hunters, choose your ammunition with care

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Image: Star Tribune LogoLead poisoning in eagles that ingest spent ammunition is causing many to die. The College of Veterinary Medicine's Raptor Center is advocating for hunters to spend just a little more on ammunition for lead alternatives to save eagles' lives.

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Vet bills for Buster the injured St. Paul hero dog are mounting

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoA 9-year-old boxer wounded while defending his owners' St. Paul home during a burglary last week, may need more surgery. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is currently nursing the heroic dog back to health.

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MN faces epidemic of starved horses

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Image: Star Tribune LogoAn estimated 600 horses starved to death in state in past four years. Krishona Martinson, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses how economics have played a roll in the amount of malnourished horses treated in Minnesota.

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Edina warns dog owners to vaccinate against distemper

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Image: Star Tribune LogoThe city of Edina is warning residents to make sure their dogs are vaccinated for canine distemper. the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory has been analyzing raccoons to learn more about the disease.

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Minn. Rescue Family Aids Injured Falcon

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Image: FOX 9 LogoThe U of M College of Veterinary Medicine's Raptor Center is nursing a rare Tundra Peregrine Falcon back to health after it was found in central Minnesota.

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Independent voice of digital radiology silenced?

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Image: AHC LogoA company billed as the "independent voice" of digital radiology has been bought by one of the largest corporate entities in veterinary medicine -- Idexx. Daniel Feeney, College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about how the sale of DVMInsight surprised him.

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: $700K grant to train veterinarians

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoThe University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a $700,000 grant to develop and implement a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians.

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U of M among four cooperating universities to receive $700,000 dairy grant

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Image: AHC LogoThe University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and three other universities received a portion of $700,000 to create a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians.

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Viral outbreak hits Cottage Grove raccoons; pet owners warned

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Image: AHC LogoPet owners, beware: Cottage Grove police are warning residents of an outbreak of a virus among the local raccoon population that can jump from animal to animal. The College of Veterinary Medicine tested a raccoon which revealed an outbreak of distemper.

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Antibiotic Resistance May Hitchhike Along Roads

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Image: AHC LogoOnce-isolated communities are becoming much more open to the flow of people and goods--potentially including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Randall Singer, College of Veterinary Medicine, explains why research resistant bacteria is so important for rural towns.

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Carpenter's raptor release scheduled for Saturday

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Image: AHC LogoThe College of Veterinary Medicine's Raptor Center is doing its fall release at the Carpenter Nature Center, on Saturday, September 24. Visitors will enjoy watching four to six wild birds of prey take to the air after being rehabilitated by The Raptor Center's veterinarians.

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Additive Found In Gum Could Be Harmful To Your Dog

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Image: WCCO LogoAn additive in chewing gum can keep cavities away, but it can also make your dog really sick. Lisa Powell & Lisa Gerads, College of Veterinary Medicine, discuss what happens to dogs when they ingest chewing gum.

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Cancer Patient Meets Treatment Test Dog

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Image: FOX 9 LogoNew medical advances made by University of Minnesota scientists aim to cure brain cancer. John Ohlfest, Medical School, Stem Cell Institute and Masonic Cancer Center, explains how the College of Veterinary Medicine is using dogs and humans to find a cure.

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Bald eagle hit in Baldwin is euthanized

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Image: AHC LogoAn American bald eagle that was the victim of an apparent hit-and-run accident Tuesday. Julia Ponder, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the accident and the injuries the eagle suffered from.

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The Wildcat Sanctuary's big cats go under the drill for 'Dental Day'

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Image: AHC LogoDuring this year's Dental Day dentists provided care for a variety of big cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. Kevin Stepaniuk, College of Veterinary Medicine, was one of the five doctors to participate in helping the big cats.

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A lot of hay and a girl's love help nurse seized East Bethel horse back to health

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Image: Pioneer Press LogoA little less than two weeks after the starving horse was rescued from a farm in East Bethel, the horses are on their way to recovery at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine.


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Admin eye efficiency amid cuts in funding

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Image: MN Daily LogoHealth science programs like the Medical Education and Research Costs program, the School of Dentistry and the veterinary diagnostic program are among the programs that would receive funding under President Kaler's new budget plan.

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Pet's bad breath may be sign of dental disease

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Image: AHC LogoThe American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that by age 2, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease. Kevin Stepaniuk, College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses many of the signs leading to dental disease in pets.

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Humane Society removes horses from East Bethel farm

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Image: KARE 11 LogoHumane Society investigators removed two horses from a farm in East Bethel Monday after allegations of abuse. They are being transfered to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine to be evaluated further.

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