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Kelly Arthur

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About Kelly Arthur

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  • Region
    North America
  • Location
    Fort Collins, CO
  • Country
    United States
  • Current Affiliation
    Colorado State University
  • Position / Title
    Veterinary Student
  • Interests
    Dog Health
    Dog Behavior
    Human-Dog Interactions
  • Academic Credentials
    Bachelors degree
  • Expertise/Proficiencies
    Dog Health/Veterinary Medicine
    Welfare
    Education
  • Breed Club Rep; Board Member or Breeding/ Health Committee member
    No
  • Attended an International Dog Health Workshop
    No
  • Theme attended at 3rd IDHW in Paris
    Behaviour and Welfare

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  1. Hello all! Brenda’s blog gave a great overview of the American Kennel Club National Parent Club Canine Health Conference we attended earlier this month in St. Louis, Missouri. I am grateful for the sponsorship from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals provided to myself and the 31 other veterinary students in attendance. This conference, like the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, was an opportunity to learn more about cutting edge research that is improving dog health. Topics were varied and included tick borne disease, epilepsy, lymphoma, and reproductive health.
  2. Wonderful the Skippy Frank Fund again is able to support another student project (I completed mine in summer 2016). Your topic is very timely and interesting. I will continue to follow it!
  3. The 2017 International Dog Health Workshop in Paris was the culmination of my summer 2016 project entitled, "A Veterinarian's Role in the Ethics and Welfare of Breeding Dogs." I'm very grateful to have attended this workshop that featured ways we can work collaboratively to improve dog health and welfare. My project poster was displayed among many other interesting research projects. I was impressed by the diversity of attendees including dog owners, veterinarians, kennel club members, researchers, and many more! The International Dog Health Workshop stands out to me among other co
  4. The AVMA has just published a model curriculum for teaching animal welfare in veterinary schools. Exciting to have increased awareness on this important topic. Hopefully with more education, we can address animal welfare concerns, such as this blog's comments regarding spay and neuter, in a more thoughtful and comprehensive way. http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/javma.250.6.632
  5. For those of us working the animal care field, do we know how most people want their pets to die? This was the topic of conversation when speaking with Dr. Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS, CHPV earlier this month. Dr. Cooney is an expert in end-of-life care and founder of Home to Heaven, P.C. in Loveland, Colorado, one of the world’s first, and largest, animal hospice services. In addition, she is founder of Cooney Animal Hospice Consulting and past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). At the end of the year, the American
  6. Thank you very much for the comment and link to a very interesting article Jim. Moving beyond just health and biological functioning, as Fraser described, to include the other spheres could provide both better welfare outcomes for patients and financial opportunities for veterinarians. Also neat that the paper cited the article by Shaw 2008. I am currently in a communications rotation right now with Dr. Shaw discussing some of these tough issues and learning tools to navigate them.
  7. I'm very proud to report that the Colorado State University Veterinary Animal Welfare Judging Team took first-place in the veterinary division at the international Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) in November. Colorado State University (CSU) began competing with an undergraduate and graduate team in 2012. For the past three years, CSU's Veterinary School has also participated. This year, I coached the veterinary team with a fellow veterinary student, Angela Varnum. The competition, in existence since 2002, has continued to grow and hundreds of undergradu
  8. Hope there is a growing movement to share this must-needed information. Thank you for the informative blog Brenda!
  9. Improving animal welfare is the basis of veterinary medicine. However, improving animal welfare can oftentimes be costly. A new consultation structure, PetWise MOTs, created by the UK’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA, is a step to overcoming these obstacles. PetWise MOTs can be used to improve pet welfare and generate additional revenue for practices. A review of the UK’s Animal Welfare Act in 2010 placed additional emphasis on veterinary involvement in promoting better pet welfare. The PetWise MOTs model was created because while clients value their pet’s welfare, they are ofte
  10. Interesting new article about the importance of continued animal welfare education throughout the course of veterinary study. Check it out if interested! http://jvme.utpjournals.press/doi/full/10.3138/jvme.0615-091R2
  11. Great article! Really elaborates on the complexities of breed standards.
  12. Veterinary school has started back up again but my interest in tough questions pertaining to the health and welfare of breeding dogs still remain... Deleterious traits exist in mixed breed, purebred, pedigree, and unknown origin dogs. Often with pedigree dogs, breed standards are frequently blamed for the existence of deleterious traits in breeding dogs. As this Wall Street Journal video states, there are traits of certain breeds, such as the bulldog, that lead to poor health outcomes. At the end they mention that revisions to breed standards may include how colo
  13. Thank you very much for your suggestion, Jemima. I had a chance to listen to the webinar and I think a lot of useful information was presented. I enjoyed the citation from the RSPCA report that stated "All members of society have a moral and ethical obligation to overcome this problem." I have not been in contact with the UK vets but I'm hoping the materials developed from my projects are getting to various people working in this area. Additionally, the webinar discusses the influence of media, how people can make more educated decisions on dog breed acquisition, and how veterinar
  14. People often are enamored and proud of the close relationship they share with their pet. The video below features interviews with pet owners and shows the close bond humans have with various animals. However, pet ownership comes with responsibility and people should thoughtfully consider their options before getting a pet. B4UGETAPET, created by the University of Guelph, encourages people to do research before acquiring a cat or dog to find a best fit. Initial questions important for people to consider if they are thinking about acquiring a new pet are below. 1.
  15. On July 14th, 2016, I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Paul McGreevy, BVSc, PhD, University of Sydney professor, researcher, veterinary specialist in behavioral medicine and expert in companion animal welfare. The complex issues affecting the welfare and behavior of purebred dogs is one area in which Dr. McGreevy focuses his research. Below are some of the topics that we discussed and an example is provided to illustrate each point. 1. The benefits of health practices differ among species. So, in one setting a health practice may be acceptable as the standard of care and i
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