On Thursday, October 17, Peter Larsen, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, presented along with Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum at a hearing with the United States Congress House of Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related agencies about the importance of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.
While wind turbines provide sustainable energy solutions, they also pose a threat—raptors that hunt by day and are frequent casualties of turbine collisions. Adding devices to turbines that emit sound could deter eagles from approaching, but scientists must first know what eagles can and can not hear. With funding from the United States Department of Energy, researchers at The Raptor Center (TRC) collaborated with the U of M’s Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Sciences and the St.
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.