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New $50m Animal Hospital is Europe’s Most Advanced

Glasgow, United Kingdom (Sept 10th, 2009)

The doors have opened on a new Small Animal Hospital at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, which is claimed to be Europe’s most advanced of it’s kind.

New $50m Animal Hospital is Europe's Most Advanced

Costing around $25million and 10 years in the planning, the new hospital will see a host of services offered, including a diagnostic suite complete with both MRI and CT scanners, a radioactive iodine unit for cats, an underwater treadmill and a pain and rehabilitation center. All of the hospital’s services are centered around a central atrium which is lit with calming natural light from above.

The new hospital expects to attract more than 11,000 visits from across the UK every year. When pets first arrive at the hospital, they are assessed in one of the thirteen new consulting rooms. From here they can be moved to any one of a number of specialist areas, including a center for comparative oncology, a a unique pain and rehabilitation center with an underwater treadmill, and a diagnostic imaging suite complete with an MRI scanner and CT scanner. The MRI and CT scanners will allow for the diagnosis of neurological conditions such as slipped discs or brain tumors.

Professor Stuart Reid, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, said: “The opening of new hospital is a step-change in the treatment of small animals. It represents the latest in care for pets and is the most advanced such facility in Europe. The patients we treat will still receive the best care available, but this will now be in the best surroundings available. With cutting edge facilities and capacity for training veterinarians at all stages of their career, the Faculty will be using the building as a flagship for its clinical provision.”

The center also has an important role as a training hospital, where approximately 120 veterinary students and 30 veterinary nursing students will shadow specialists trained in all aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery and nursing.

“We are immensely proud of our Small Animal Hospital and feel sure it will provide a world-class service for the pet owners of the UK,” Professor Reid concluded.

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Pennsylvania’s new dog protection laws have been welcomed in all quarters, but critics say there is room for improvement… Home surgeries banned~

Pennsylvania Bans In-Home Surgical Procedures on Dogs

Pennsylvania Bans In-Home Surgical Procedures on Dogs

Following Pennsylvania’s recent moves to stop puppy mills, it has now signed into law House Bill 39, which amends existing laws regarding cruelty to animals. The law change ensures that only trained and licensed veterinarians can perform certain medical procedures including ear cropping; “debarking” by cutting or injuring the vocal cords; tail docking or removal of dew-claws from a dog over 5 days old; and surgically birthing a dog. However, only Humane Society Police Officers can enforce the new law, meaning that the law will remain unenforceable in counties without serving Humane Society Police Officers

On August 27th, Governor Edward G. Rendell signed into law House Bill 39, which amends existing laws regarding cruelty to animals, with a majority of 179 to 10. The law change ensures that only trained and licensed veterinarians can perform certain medical procedures including ear cropping; “debarking” by cutting or injuring the vocal cords; tail docking or removal of dew-claws from a dog over 5 days old; and surgically birthing a dog. Where any of these procedures have been carried out on a dog, the dog’s owner must keep a record of the vet who performed it, as well as the date and location. House Bill 39 expands upon last year’s actions to reduce the number of puppy mills in Pennsylvania. The state has since revoked or refused 11 kennel licenses and cited another 34 unlicensed kennels. Suspected unlicensed kennels can also now be reported through the Bureau of Dog Law’s website.

“Until now, these cruel practices could be carried out by dog owners without proper training and without supervision by a licensed vet, which could lead to long-term injury, pain and, in some cases, death to these defenseless animals,” said Governor Rendell.

Animal rescue and humane organizations have welcomed Pennsylvania’s actions, but some say that aspects of the new laws require improvement. Only Humane Society Police Officers can enforce the new law, meaning that the law will remain unenforceable in counties without serving Humane Society Police Officers. The ability of a dog warden to also enforce this section of the crimes code was deleted from the text of the bill by the Senate. Indeed, wardens will not even be allowed to ask for proof that a veterinarian performed a procedure. In addition, the law does not include non-surgical procedures which are deemed by some to be equally inhumane, such as non-surgical “debarking”.

“Typical debarking performed by commercial breeders involves no incision and creates no wound. Therefore, a dog debarked by having a pipe shoved down its throat will never show any evidence that the vocal cords have been crushed. No wound equals no request for proof equals no way to deter this crude means of debarking,” said Jenny Stephens, Executive Director of the North Penn Puppy Mill Watch in a statement.

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