Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

Time, as they say, waits for no one. When a person or a pet is fighting an infection, the time between accurate diagnosis and treatment is even more critical – it could mean life or death. As veterinarians and physicians wait for test results from the lab, an infection can continue to spread, which, in extreme cases, can potentially lead to deadly sepsis. 

A University of Missouri veterinarian, Dr. Amy DeClue, is identifying ways to diagnose pet infections in about a third of the time it now takes. Dr. DeClue hopes to develop portable, bedside tests that veterinarians – and potentially physicians – can use to quickly test patients for infection and ultimately target a better cure.

I love stuff like this, and one of the best parts of my job here in the AVMA Communications Division is keeping up on all the cool research being conducted at the 28 U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine that are accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. From exciting developments in cancer treatment to high-tech advancements in surgery, veterinary researchers are doing a ton of great work that leads to better medical treatment for both animals and people.

Each month, AVMA Health News Bytes highlights some of this ground-breaking research by some of the best and brightest minds at our veterinary colleges. If you get into this stuff like I do, Health News Bytes is a great way to keep up on what’s happening at these highly respected schools of veterinary medicine. So why not give Health News Bytes a read? If you like what you see, let your friends know about it too.

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