DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2009 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2009
Waging a tax revolt
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — California legislators may decide by mid-January the fate of a proposed 10 percent veterinary service tax that has outraged veterinarians and pet owners.
Kansas lands a plum
By Christina Macejko
Manhattan, Kan. — The $563 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is moving to Kansas, and it could pump some $3.5 billion into the state.
Recession having an impact on consumer spending for pet care, survey finds
National Report — Most pet owners are not cutting back on pet spending despite the recession, according to a new poll from the Associated Pess and Petside.com.
AVMA considers dues increase
Schaumburg, Ill. — AVMA dues may be going up in 2010.
Legislation: Responding in times of crisis
By Rachael Whitcomb
The Uniform Law Commission is working on a campaign to clear the way for veterinarian volunteers in a times of crisis.
Illinois VMA to admit veterinary technicians
By Rachael Whitcomb
Springfield, Ill. — Veterinary technicians can become members of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, based on an amendment to the ISVMA constitution.
12 keys to a great business plan
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Implement a plan now to help you three years from now — even in a recession.
DVM Newspoll: Economic indicators
Has your practice cut spending in the last six months because of the economy?
DVMs earn more, AVMA reports
By Christina Macejko
Schaumburg, Ill. -- In most cases, veterinary incomes have been increasing at an average annual rate of 6 percent since 1997, according to the AVMA's Report on Veterinary Compensation released in late November.
Monitoring your practice in today's economy
When our grandfathers sat us down and told us about the good old days, their memories were very selective.
Where did all the money go?
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
While the wealthy, privileged and middle classes worry about losses in the stock market, the world's underclasses worry about food costs and shortages.
Top 10 strategies for turbulent times
By Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM
In tough economic times, stay the course in executing your business plan.
Protecting yourself from 'pet battery' lawsuits
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
One of the most surprising things I learned in law school was the legal definition of "battery." A similar principle applies to the veterinarian who performs an act on an animal without the permission of its owner.
Pet owners pull back on spending
By Rachael Whitcomb
A new Brakke survey shows that the veterinary profession may not be so secure after all.
How to prevent theft, embezzlement
Substantial theft and embezzlement do occur in veterinary practices regularly.
AVMA salary survey shows DVMs earning more
By Christina Macejko
Schaumburg, Ill. — In most cases, veterinarian's incomes having been increasing by 6 percent a year since 1997.
AVMA gets mixed reaction to ear-crop policy
By Christina Macejko
National Report — The AVMA Executive Board's recent decision asking breed clubs to eliminate ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards earned praise from animal-rights groups and sharp criticism from the American Kennel Club.
A new lease on the practice
By Mark E. Battersby
Skilled negotiation can lead to your benefit when entering into new leases, restructuring existing ones -- or getting out of a current one.
Instinct: a powerful force, even for pet owners
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
The natural history of mankind in general, and veterinary medicine in particular, may need to be rewritten. Arnie and I have uncovered dramatic new evidence indicating that the formal practice of veterinary medicine may be as old as the use of spoken language.
Are you practicing veterinary medicine conscientiously?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The veterinarian's oath states in part: "Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine... I will practice my profession conscientiously..."
Testing for Addison's disease
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Hypoadrenocorticism, or Addison's disease, results from failure of the adrenal glands to secrete glucocorticoids (primarily cortisol) and mineralocorticoids (primarily aldosterone).
Behavior medicine: Working for food
By Sagi Denenberg, DVM
Used correctly, food is an excellent primary reinforcer — not a bribe.
Nutrition: Feeding hospitalized patients for best clinical outcome
By Rebecca L. Remillard, PhD, DVM, Dipl. ACVN
Developing a feeding plan early for your hospitalized patients can significantly increase the likelihood for recovery.
Virginia Tech makes 2 veterinary college staff appointments
Blacksburg, Va. — Virginia Tech's veterinary college recently appointed Drs. Kent Scarratt and Jacqueline Pelzer to fill positions within the school.
UF to build new veterinary research center, hospital
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Education and Clinical Research Center will include a new small-animal hospital.
Green named veterinary dean at Texas A&M
By Rachael Whitcomb
College Station, Texas — Veterinary medicine is changing, and Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' new dean Dr. Eleanor M. Green, is ready to address that change.
Equine welfare: Unwanted horses — an epidemic
By James M. Lewis
There are tens of thousands of them across the nation. And their numbers are growing at an alarming rate.
Equine welfare: UC-Davis plan calls for network of community shelters for horses
By James M. Lewis
Davis, Calif. — A faculty organization at the University of California-Davis has come up with a proposal for dealing with unwanted horses and intends to create a template that communities anywhere in the country could follow.
U.S. agency receives private offer to create wild-horse sanctuary
By James M. Lewis
Reno, Nev. — Thousands of unadoptable wild horses in U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities could be saved from possible euthanasia or slaughter if the agency decides to accept an offer for a sanctuary.
Performing an oil change on a horse
A horse with colic is one of the most common reasons for a veterinarian to go on an after-hours call.
Intervet/Schering-Plough works with AAEP to donate vaccine
Millsboro, Del. — Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners are launching a nonprofit program that will provide vaccines to qualified equine rescue and retirement facilities nationwide.
Equine reproduction: Q&A with an expert
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Lexington, Ky. — What are some of the cutting-edge techniques to improve equine fertility and reproduction?
Equine magnetic therapy: the positives and negatives
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
You want to believe. You really do. And there are many well-known horsemen, doctors, physicists and PhD's telling you that you should.
AAEP pulls in a crowd, but not the largest
The 54th annual AAEP meeting last month was the group's third largest.
Small Animal
Arkansas bill calls for annual rabies vaccination
Little Rock, Ark. — The Arkansas Department of Health wants to require annual rabies vaccinations, but the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association isn't biting.
Dental Care
Digital dental radiography: Using the modality to enhance patient care
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Dental radiology is the cornerstone of quality veterinary dentistry.
Limb sparing: Another option for dogs
By Bernard Séguin, DVM, MS, DACVS
Amputation remains the standard of care to address most primary tumors of the appendicular skeleton. But in certain cases, a limb-sparing surgical procedure may be an option.
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