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Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are an endangered species that live and nest in the Gulf of Mexico. National Park Service/WikimediaCommons

Scientists at work: Helping endangered sea turtles, one emergency surgery at a time

For the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, every individual matters. A team of veterinarians and biologists has formed a network along the Gulf Coast to save injured sea turtles and the species.
Herdsmen with their cows wait for buyers at Kara Cattle Market in Lagos, Nigeria. Veterinary services are in short supply across the country. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria needs more veterinary doctors but getting them is a big challenge

Nigeria needs more veterinary doctors to improve agricultural production, disease prevention, wildlife conservation and the health of animals in the security sector
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10 things we do that puzzle and scare horses

Patting, shoeing, grooming, feeding, and even putting them in a stable - the list of seemingly benign human interactions that can confuse or upset horses is surprisingly long. On the eve of the official Horse’s Birthday, we explain why.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on veterinarians due in part to a run on puppies, but financial uncertainties have also added further strain on an already stressed-out profession. (Piqsels)

Puppies & burnout: The economic impact of the coronavirus on vets

Veterinarians are already at risk of emotional distress and burnout. The experiences of an Alberta veterinary practice shows COVID-19 is having a further impact.
The spread of diseases is akin to a maze of toppling dominoes. dowell/Getty Images

What’s an epidemiologist?

Epidemiologists focus on diseases among groups of people. They also study the spread of disease among animals.
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. noreefly/Shutterstock.com

How are cats declawed, and is it painful?

Have a cat who just loves to scratch? Declawing is a major surgery that comes with serious long-term side effects – and it might not solve the problem anyway.
It’s true they do have an amazing ability to be able to sleep standing up. But they do also sleep lying down. If you’re a horse, you need to be able to do both. Flickr/Loco Steve

Curious Kids: why don’t horses sit or lie down even while sleeping?

Horses can stand on three legs and rest the other leg. They can change the leg they rest so that all of their legs get a chance to have a break.
Veterinarians face a moral dilemma when asked to euthanise healthy pets. Shutterstock

Why your veterinarian may refuse to euthanise your pet

Vets can often grapple with ‘convenience euthanasia’, where a client brings in a pet because it may, for instance, interfere with their lifestyle.
Some dogs may associate car travel with trips to the beach or park – while others only remember trips to the vet. Linda Colquhoun/flickr

Curious Kids: is it true dogs don’t like to travel?

Travel can come with danger, so dogs have mostly evolved to avoid being over-adventurous. That said, dogs may see some kinds of travel as a chance to find things they want – like food or a mate.
Did anyone check the number of candles on here? KikoStock/Shutterstock.com

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Based on his age in ‘dog years,’ could your animal pal legally buy alcohol? Or would he be cashing in on his senior discount? Veterinarians are more interested in life stage than a particular number.

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