Iowa State University Veterinarian: Volume 42, Issue 3
This article contains news pertaining to the alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Laondlocked Iowa may seem far removed from aquatic veterinary medicine. yet even here, there are clients going without the expertise we as veterinarians could offer them - the aquarium hobbyists, the catfish raisers, the state fish catcheries and zoos with aquatic species, much of our basic science knowledge is applicable to aquatic species, as are our biomedical skills of observation, diagnosis, and herd health management.
Blastomycosis is a fungal disease caused by the dimorphic fungal organism, Blastomyces dermatidis. In the tissue or yeast form, the organisms appear as highly refractive, double walled yeast cells which vary from approximately 8-15 microns in diameter. The budding yeast cells show a very characteristic broad attachment. The mold phase is rapid growing and the hyphae branch at right angles.
Brucella canis is a gram negative coccobacillus that was first isolated in 1966. It was first recognized in large breeding colonies of beagles, but subsequent independent investigators found many other breeds and mixed-breed dogs to be infected with the organism.