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March 9 , 2011


Volume VIII, No. 14



An electronic newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for Illinois veterinarians

Yellow-footed Gull
Yellow-footed Gull
© Peter S. Weber

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In this Issue

ISVMA Lobby Day - April 6, 2011

It is a Great Time For Your Associates to Join ISVMA

Jones Natural Chews Co. Recalls Pig Ear Dog Chews

Flood of Comments to FDA Antibiotics Draft

Budget Cuts Continue to Plague Veterinary Schools

Are You Following ISVMA on Facebook

About the Photo

Contact Us




ISVMA Lobby Day - April 6, 2011

ISVMA will hold a Lobby Day for members in Springfield on April 6, 2011. This is an important day for ISVMA members from all over the state to come to the State Capitol and meet with their local legislators. We will have some issues to brief participants on and position papers you can share with your legislators. But on top of that, we have a lot of work to do on identifying key contacts for the many new legislators.

You can easily find out who your legislators are by visiting and entering your address. You can use both your home and practice address because you may have different legislators representing the two locations.

we encourage you to contact your legislators to let them know you would like to see them on April 6, 2011 between 8:00am and noon. They may not be able to set a firm appointment because they don't know their legislative calendar for that day yet; but you will at least make them aware that you will be in town. They may possibly invite you to join them for breakfast or lunch!

Please contact to us know if you will plan to join us for the 2011 ISVMA Lobby Day! We will be meeting at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street in Springfield. A map of the Hoogland Center is available online. The Hoogland Center is a convenient meeting location - just two blocks east of the State Capitol.

Jones Natural Chews Co Recalls Pig Ear Dog Chews Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

Flood of Comments to FDA on Antibiotics Draft

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidelines for the judicious use of antimicrobials in food animals last June, the agency welcomed a flood of input from individuals and organizations during a 60-day commenting period.

Budget Cuts Continue to Plague Veterinary Schools

(JAVMA News) State funding levels for veterinary schools and colleges have decreased substantially in the past few years, and state legislatures have already indicated that trend will continue as they hash out the coming fiscal year's budget. (Courtesy AVMA)

Are You Following ISVMA on Facebook?

The ISVMA recently launched a new Facebook Fan Page. This new page will allow for more dynamic and interactive content for anyone that chooses to "Like" the page. Follow news about Illinois veterinary medicine, veterinary professionals in the news, USDA and other regulatory alerts, legal updates and more!

If you have a Facebook page, go to and choose to "Like" the new ISVMA Fan Page!

The new ISVMA Facebook Fan Page has links to many current articles and topics of interest to veterinarians. This E-SOURCE Newsletter will be cut short to encourage ISVMA members to become a fan of the new Facebook page and get regular updates from ISVMA, AVMA and other organizations that bring you news and information you want and need!

About the Photo

The Yellow-footed Gull (Larus livens) was once considered a subspecies of the more common and widespread Western Gull. The Yellow-footed Gull breeds only in Mexico's Gulf of California. However, post-breeding wanderers regularly travel north to California's Salton Sea where they are sought after by avid birders.


The Yellow-footed Gull is a large, white-headed gull with a dark slate-colored back, its thick bill is bright yellow, matching the color of its legs. Easily identified within its range, as no other gull approaches it in size and darkness other than the closely-related, but pink-legged, Western Gull.


Endemic to the Gulf of California, Yellow-footed Gulls regularly wander north to southern California's Salton Sea (an Audubon IBA) during the non-breeding season. Since this species' discovery in the 1960's, Yellow-footed Gulls have increased as post-breeding wanderers to the Salton Sea where they are now annually recorded in the hundreds with maxima upwards of 1,000 individuals. Little is known of their overall population trend in the Gulf of California.


Yellow-footed Gulls nest on islands in the Gulf of California or on rocky islets of the mainland. They can nest both independently and as part of a colony. This bird forages in tidal, intertidal, and pelagic areas away from the nesting site, feeding on marine fishes and invertebrates. It is also a scavenger and will prey upon seabird chicks and eggs from around its nest site. Most individuals are not migratory, but an increasing number are moving north to the Salton Sea upon completion of breeding in the Gulf.


I photographed this Yellow-footed Gull on a 130 degree day in August 1999 at the Salton Sea in California.

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