• Standing CT scan at Leatherdale Equine Center

    Philanthropic support gives Leatherdale Equine Center new standing CT and NICU

    These new additions, made possible by a generous gift from Louise Leatherdale, will elevate the level of care offered by LEC on multiple levels.

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    New $3 million grant helps researchers tackle porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus

    University of Minnesota scientists are collaborating to look at how PRRS virus evolves to understand disease spread, and advance mitigation and control efforts.

  • Deer in the woods with CWD Watch logo in bottom left corner

    CWD outbreak and research calls for new educational resources

    Center for Animal Health and Food Safety launches online tool for tracking and understanding recent chronic wasting disease research.

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The microbiome—the genetic material of all bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses that live on and in all animals—is critical in the health and performance of production animals, such as turkeys. In the past, veterinarians routinely delivered low-dose antibiotics to young turkeys as they developed in order to maximize their production. However, overexposing turkeys to antibiotics can lead to antimicrobial resistance, which can make some turkey diseases untreatable and poses a serious risk to human health.

African swine fever (ASF), a contagious disease in pigs and wild boars, has been spreading across the Caucasus region, Europe, and Asia since 2007—since the 2018 outbreak in China, the country has slaughtered an estimated 1,170,000 animals.

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) hosted its annual Points of Pride Research Day on October 2, which celebrated the College’s research program and honored faculty, fellows, students, and research partners who contribute to the advancement of biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. 

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