From the lurid to the practical, from the inspirational to the heartbreaking, the dvm360 news stories of 2017 run the full gamut of veterinary life. Revisit them here—and shudder, sigh or cheer all over again.
10. Practical products to ease your workday
Who can resist reading about new veterinary practice toys—er, tools? Transport tables. E-collars. Low-dose digital imaging systems. Inflatable positioning systems. This roundup of practical product highlights from the NAVC conference in February had something for everyone in the practice.
9. Houston veterinarian charged with plot to murder her ex
Valerie McDaniel, DVM, a practice owner in Houston, Texas, was charged with solicitation of capital murder after trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband. Tragically, Dr. McDaniel later died by suicide.
8. Galliprant now available for canine osteoarthritis patients
Galliprant (grapiprant), a first-in-class pain drug developed by Aratana and marketed by Elanco, was made available to veterinarians in January after much buzz and anticipation in the industry. Galliprant is a non-COX-inhibiting prostaglandin receptor antagonist for use in dogs with osteoarthritis.
7. Making a difference for dogs with atopic dermatitis: When to use Apoquel and when to use Cytopoint
These two new dermatology drugs from Zoetis have given veterinarians and pet owners great new options for managing pruritus—but how do you use each one most effectively? The answers are here.
6. Where have all the technicians gone?
Many practices are finding it difficult to hire—and keep—credentialed veterinary technicians. This article examines why are there so few of these elusive creatures and what practices can do to help them flourish.
5. dvm360 exclusive interview: Behind the Mars-VCA merger
In a move that shook up the veterinary world and generated lots of discussion about the destiny of the profession, Mars Petcare, owner of the Banfield, BluePearl and Pet Partners veterinary practice groups, acquired VCA, Antech Diagnostics, Sound Technologies and Camp Bow Wow.
4. 10 veterinary dental products you can recommend with a smile
Veterinary dentist Dr. Jan Bellows compiled this list of food, treats and more that are proven effective in maintaining the health of pets' teeth.
3. The myth of compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine
Is it compassion fatigue that’s plaguing the profession? Or is something else? When Dr. Dani McVety took an honest look at how she was feeling, she realized that there was a better term for her exhaustion and sadness.
2. AVMA criticizes TV veterinarian for lousy surgical hygiene
Footage of Animal Planet’s Jeff Young, DVM, performing surgery with bare arms, no gown and no mask got "in the way of his message," the AVMA president and CEO said in a letter to the star of reality show Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet.
1. An open letter from a disillusioned veterinary school graduate
Nothing else we published in 2017 generated such a storm of responses—many sympathetic, many critical. The anonymous author says it’s time to talk about the dark side of vet school—the things that occur behind closed doors and within closed minds.