Hi Folks, it's been a busy few days but I'm back in the lab after an  exciting weekend in Grand Junction. A large part of the project for wh
http://ping.fm/p/or0iJ – Hi Folks, it’s been a busy few days but I’m back in the lab after an exciting weekend in Grand Junction. A large part of the project for which I work involves collaborating with various animal shelters throughout the country in order to obtain blood samples from feral, stray, and owner-relinquished cats. Often times, sample collections are done in conjunction with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. Also known as Trap-Test-Vaccinate-Alter-Release (TTVAR), these community programs have been embraced as humane alternatives to euthanasia in the control of feral cat and dog populations. From the standpoint of the project, it allows us to gather large blocks of data which are used to determine disease seroprevalence in a particular study area while also fostering valuable collaborative relationships with veterinarians and community organizations.

The clinics and shelters typically use in-house personnel to collect the
samples and simply mail them to us, for which we certainly are grateful. But
this time we had the opportunity to see the sample collection through from
start to finish as well as observe 20 spay/neuter surgeries. A  much-deserved “Thank You!” goes out to Community Cat Care of Grand Junction as well as Dr. Tara and her crew of skilled individuals for their laudable efforts. Thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll be back next time to tell you a little more about the project and what it is we do with all of the samples we collect.

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