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dvm360’s top 10 news stories of 2020


Take a look at this year’s most viewed news and commentaries from dvm360.com and dvm360 magazine.

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With 2020 coming to a close, now is a great time to check out our top news stories of the year. Ranging from COVID-10 coverage to game-changing feline diet for pet owners with cat allergies, you can find it all in our 10 most-clicked news stories below.

#10. News wrap-up: COVID-19 update, plus a new diagnostic tool for Addison’s disease.

COVID-19 significantly changed the face of veterinary practice. In the beginning stages of the pandemic, organizations like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) issued health guidelines on personal protective equipment (PPE) for veterinary professionals. Here’s a closer look at some other COVID-19 news highlights.

#9. AVMA on COVID-19: ‘Veterinary hospitals are essential businesses’

From the early stages of the pandemic, the AVMA worked feverishly to keep their members up to date with the latest pandemic news and their work to keep veterinary practices open. Take a closer look at some of their tips on providing the best care for your patients, while maintaining a low, personal risk.

#8.FDA approves ophthalmic emetic for dogs

The FDA approved Clevor (ropinirole ophthalmic solution), a dopamine agonist for inducing emesis following toxin or foreign objection ingestion in dogs. Learn more about this first-of-its-kind drug here.

#7. Cat food recalled due to elevated levels of chlorine chloride

J.M. Smucker recalled one lot of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Pate Formula canned cat food, due to health concerns associated with elevated levels of choline chloride, according to the FDA. Find out more about this recall here.

#6.This week’s veterinary headlines, plus a free live webinar.

From VetCell Therapeutics USA’s new stem cell therapy to navigating veterinary telemedicine, watch our full news wrap-up to check out these veterinary news highlights.

#5. Study examines human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic,Jonathan Runstadler, DVM, PhD, a professor of infectious disease and global health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, created the CoVERS study – a study that stemmed off of what was already known about viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and “related viruses that have caused epidemic events in the past.” Take a closer look at the study here.

#4. Game-changing feline diet promises relief for people allergic to cats

For people who suffer from cat allergies, sweet relief may be on the way. The groundbreaking cat food from Purina Pro Plan called LiveClear, is designed to neutralize the Fel d 1 protein in cat saliva. Learn more about this breakthrough product here.

#3. Fetch dvm360 announces combined virtual veterinary conference

Amid the constant conference cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, dvm360 launched our first-ever virtual Fetch dvm360 conference, held between August 26-31 of this year. The conference combined 3 of our 6 annual live events, all of which were well received and a success. Check it out here.

#2. Colorado squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague

A squirrel located in Jefferson County, Colorado, tested positive for the bubonic plague, the first case of this infectious disease in the county since 2017. You can check out the full report on this bizarre case here.

#1. Court rules against TV veterinarian Dr. Pol

In January of this year, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled against celebrity veterinarian Jan Pol, DVM, thus upholding the state’s decision to place the 77-year-old star of Nat Geo Wild’s The Incredible Dr. Pol on professional probation for negligence, according to court records. Read more about this controversial story here.

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