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Registration open for UGA College of Veterinary Medicine’s VetCAMP 2015

Posted by: Kat Gilmore

Thanks to the University of Georgia’s VetCAMP program, high school students have the opportunity to explore the field of veterinary medicine before they start college classes. Run by the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, VetCAMP 2015 will be held June 14-20. Registration is open through Jan. 30.

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Karen Cornell named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

Posted by: Kat Gilmore

Dr. Karen Cornell, a board-certified veterinary surgeon and a professor of soft tissue surgery in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, has been selected as the next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cornell assumes her new role effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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The Facts on Trichomoniasis

Posted by: Dr. Lee Jones, MS, DVM

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease in cattle that can cause significant economic losses in herds. The disease is caused by a single celled parasite, Tritrichomonas foetus. Though the true prevalence of trichomoniasis in cattle is not known, several states have recently enacted stringent rules to control the importation or transmission of the disease.

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Macrorhabdus Ornithogaster Infection in Pet and Farmed Birds

Posted by: Angela E. Ellis, DVM, PhD

Macrorhabdus ornithogaster is a well-known cause of proventriculitis in birds. Although this organism was originally termed Megabacterium due to its large, rod-like appearance, the organism has since been classified as an anamorphic ascomycetous yeast. Clinical signs may be variable and include sudden death or chronic wasting. Diarrhea or enteritis has also been reported in birds colonized by Macrorhabdus; however, these birds can have concurrent enteric parasites, bacterial infections, or other diseases that could cause diarrhea.

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Sparganosis: A Zoonotic Cestodiasis

Posted by: Moges Woldemeskel, DVM, PhD, DACVP (TVDIL)

Sparganosis is an infection of tissues by second stage larvae (spargana or plerocercoid) of pseudophyllidean tapeworms. Sparganosis due to pseudophyllidean cestodes such as Sparganum spp. (e.g. Sparganum proliferum) and Spirometra spp. (e.g. Spirometra mansonoides, Spirometra erinaceieuropaei) can occur in body cavities or in tissues of intermediate and paratenic hosts. Sparganum proliferum is phylogenetically identified as a new species in the order pseudophyllidea. The life cycle and the definitive host of Sparganum proliferum is unknown but believed to be similar to that of Spirometra spp. The definite hosts of Spirometra spp. are carnivores, and the eggs are shed in feces. The eggs embryonate in the environment, hatch in water and release coracidia. Coracidia are ingested by intermediate hosts, copepod crustaceans (Cyclops spp.), and develop into procercoids. Second intermediate hosts including fish, reptiles, and amphibians ingest infected copepods and acquire procercoid larvae. Procercoids develop into plerocercoids in the second intermediate hosts. Predators of the second intermediate hosts are infected by the plerocercoids. Plerocercoidosis/sparganosis develops after ingesting procercoids or plerocercoids with contaminated water or infected intermediate hosts. Humans and other mammals including apes, pigs, dogs, and cats can serve as paratenic or second intermediate hosts and develop sparganosis.

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