Saturday, March 30, 2013

after yesterday.....

Found this late yesterday after our TNR post and had to share. Thanks to No Kill Revolution for the pic on facebook..... It really is all about education - mom enjoys telling people about TNR and the reason for ear tipping - and most people seem to listen and take it to heart.

Yes- the couple did adopt Uncle from our story yesterday.....

Sparkle asked about the vet listed in the article we mentioned, so we did a little more research and found some more info. The article listed the AAHA 2013 Seminars.
AAHA Facilitator Info

Niels W. Pedersen, DVM

Dr. Pedersen received his DVM from UC Davis in 1967 and interned in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. He then completed a PhD in experimental pathology and immunology from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University. Dr. Pedersen was hired to the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis in 1972 and is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology. His time is split between an active research program on the genetics of autoimmune diseases in dogs and infectious diseases of cats, and with the Center for Companion Animal Health, which he helped found in 1994 and directs to this day. Dr. Pedersen holds honorary doctorates from the University of Zurich and Utrecht University, and has won a number of national and international honors for excellence in feline infectious disease research. He is the author of over 220 scientific publications and two textbooks. His family is his most important achievement, with his wife of 48 years, four successful children and 7 grandchildren. Dr. Pedersen’s hobby is photographing wildflowers in Western Australia and growing some of them in his home in Winters, CA. He has given some thought about retiring, but feels that there are still new things to learn and explore.  

Session Details

You Cannot Understand Feline Medicine Without First Understanding the Species

Niels W. Pedersen, DVM
Friday, March 15, 2013 from 8:00am-9:40am

Cats have co-evolved with humans for thousands of years and are not domesticated in the strictest sense. Rather, they are now the predominant small carnivore wherever humans exist in any numbers and this role is essential for the health of the ecosystems that we share. Some of these cats have become our pets, and as such, we are responsible for their health. Although the emphasis is now on “one health”, where all species including humans are considered equal in terms of their reactions to disease, there are unique features of cats that we need to first understand in order to give them the care they deserve. Dr. Pedersen will open with a history of the cat, move next to a discussion of the lives of feral cats and the fluid nature of feral and domestic existences, and end with a review of the uniqueness and similarities of cats in “one disease and health.” 


  1. That is a great photo and he seems like a smart vet

  2. Thanks for all the info... and that graphic is awesome!

  3. I love the photo - so true.

    Marc's cousin is a vet and he reminds me of this one. He really understands the animals. I think he is one quarter cat, one quarter dog, one quarter man and one quarter horse!

  4. Thank you for the purrs and prayers for Panda. We appreciate it so much. And thank you for the suggestion of starting a notebook with questions for the vet. My brain just turned to mush when I got the news.


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