School of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary experts work to stay ahead of equine doping

As in human sports, unscrupulous practices occasionally make their way into horse racing. Researchers and veterinarians at the School of Veterinary Medicine are keeping an eye on illicit drug use, evaluating samples, and designing tests to maintain the integrity of the sport and keep the competitors safe.

Katherine Unger Baillie



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The Atlantic

Protecting Police Dogs from Fentanyl

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine described the hazards police dogs face when exposed to dangerous substances. Otto said that working dogs are actually at fairly low risk for a fentanyl overdose, thanks to a lower rate of sensitivity and quick recovery from exposure.

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The New York Times

A Competitive Team Sport. For Your Dog.

James Serpell and Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine shared their experiences with Flyball, a competitive sport for dogs. Serpell said that regularly exercising pets benefits owners too, “because when your dog is home he or she will be calmer or less of a nuisance.”

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The Washington Post

Does Your Pooch Really Need Prozac?

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine weighed in on the use of psychiatric drugs in veterinary medicine. Siracusa says that drugs can be a more “benign” option than other behavior modification tools, such as shock collars.

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BBC News

Meet the Dogs Being Trained to Sniff Out Looted Ancient Treasures

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center is collaborating with Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research to train five dogs to identify stolen artifacts. (Video)

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The Guardian

Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Ancient Treasures Looted From Syria

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the school’s Working Dog Center, where the “K-9 Artifact Finders” program is training dogs to search for smuggled antiquities.

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