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Colorado dogs test positive for rabies
Rabies
Government officials are urging people to check their pets’ vaccination status.

Public urged to check their pets are vaccinated

Two dogs in Colorado, USA, have been diagnosed with rabies, the Colorado Department of Public Health has confirmed. They are the first cases of rabies among dogs in the state since 2003 when a dog from Texas tested positive.

The Colorado Department of Public Health states that all contacts of the dogs have been identified and sought appropriate care to prevent rabies.

Government officials are urging people to check their pets’ vaccination status, stay away from stray and wild animals and take precautions to prevent the disease.

Colorado public health veterinary surgeon Jennifer House commented: “When the family dog or cat gets rabies, there’s an increased risk of exposure to people. It’s critical to make sure all your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. This not only protects your pet but keeps your whole family safe.”

In Colorado, rabies is most common in wild bats and raccoons. Pets and farm animals can also contract rabies if they are bitten by rabid wild animals, and they have not been vaccinated.

While case numbers tend to increase as the weather warms up, Colorado has seen a higher number of rabid skunks this year compared to last.

The skunk variant of the disease was first discovered on the eastern border in 2007. Since then, rabies has swept throughout the region, putting both humans and their pets at risk.

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Endangered turtle born at London Zoo

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 An endangered spiny hill turtle has become the first of its kind to hatch at ZSL London Zoo - just in time for World Turtle Day (23 May).

Zookeepers filmed the moment the turtle came out of its shell on a time lapse camera, after keeping a watchful eye on the egg during its 136 day incubation period.

The turtle weighed a tiny 33g at birth and measured just 61mm, although it will eventually grow to around 27cm in size. 

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Melissa Donald elected president of BVA Scottish Branch

RCVS Council member Melissa Donald has been elected for a two-year term as president of BVA’s Scottish Branch. She said she was “honoured” to be elected and hopes to provide a strong voice for veterinary surgeons, particularly at a national level. One of her first tasks will be to give evidence to the Scottish government on tail shortening of dogs, before parliament votes on whether to change the current legislation.

Melissa graduated from Glasgow veterinary school and worked as a production animal vet at Iowa State University, USA, for three years, before returning to Ayrshire to work in mixed practice. She then spent 25 years developing a small animal practice with her husband and has been involved with the BVA for many years. Recently, she took the decision to step back from clinical practice and currently runs a smallholding in the Ayrshire Hills.