News briefs:
Week of April 2

News briefs: <br>Week of April 2

Labrador retrievers again are the most popular breed

The Labrador retriever is the most popular breed for the 27th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club. Labradors were followed by German shepherds and golden retrievers. Labradors are the No. 1 dog in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, N.C., according to an AKC blog. The blog noted that the French Bulldog is steadily rising in popularity. The breed jumped two spots, from No. 6 to No. 4, in 2017. In doing so, the Frenchie knocked the Beagle out of the top five for the first time since 1998.

Jorgensen Labs funds Colorado State faculty chair

The Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is establishing the Jorgensen Laboratories Inc. Chair in Clinical Sciences. Funding comes from Norm Jorgensen, DVM, vice president of marketing at Jorgensen Labs; Hans Jorgensen, his brother and company president; and brother-in-law and administrative vice president Earl Sethre. The gift will enable the clinical sciences department to recognize a faculty member who has made significant contributions to veterinary medicine and who has the potential to make a lasting impact on animal health. “This generous gift from Jorgensen Laboratories will allow us to recruit and retain world-class faculty and to educate the next generation of veterinarians,” said the college’s dean, Mark Stetter, DVM, Dipl. ACZM. “An endowed chair from an alumnus of our doctor of veterinary medicine program is especially meaningful and reflects Dr. Norm Jorgensen’s long-term commitment to his alma mater.”

Researchers: Dogs sensitive to loud noises could be in pain

A study conducted by animal behavior scientists from the United Kingdom and Brazil found that dogs that show fear or anxiety when faced with loud or sudden noises, such as those produced by vacuum cleaners, could be in pain. The researchers were particularly interested in dogs that developed a sensitivity to loud noises over time. The researchers believe that the pain could be exacerbated when a sudden loud noise makes the dogs tense up or jump, placing extra stress on already inflamed muscles or joints. Read more at

AABP weighs in on raised-without-antibiotics programs

An American Association of Bovine Practitioners task force created a position statement on raised-without-antibiotics (RWA) programs. The statement is available at

The three major tenets are:

  • Within the context of a written veterinarian-client-patient relationship, there must be documented strategies in place that allow for responsible use of antibiotics when needed.
  • Responsible RWA programs should recognize that some cattle will still develop diseases or suffer injuries that require antibiotic treatment.
  • Responsible RWA programs must include alternative marketing plans for animals that require antibiotic treatment.