DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jul 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jul 1, 2011
Pet hospice: Bridging the last stages of terminal illness and euthanasia
By Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM
Pet hospice is an emerging concept in veterinary medicine.
Equine herpes outbreak eases; officials say quarantine efforts limited greater risk
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Intense monitoring by veterinarians and quick action by the equine industry helped contain a multi-state equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak that could have spiraled out of control.
Veterinary medicine needs to critically assess workforce needs, watchdogs say
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — With veterinary practice caseloads falling, some watchdogs in the profession are sounding the alarm on increasing veterinary school enrollments.
Veterinary students are entering a tight job market
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Thomas Bauman, a native of California's central valley—home to the state's $63 billion dairy industry—grew up around dairy cows. He worked on famrs and progressed to veterinary school, following a food-animal track at UC-Davis. A 2011 grad, Bauman says he never imagined he would have trouble finding a job.
Injuries take toll on area DVMs following Joplin tornado
By Daniel R. Verdon , Rachael Whitcomb
Joplin, Mo. — Dr. William Sorrick, co-owner of a three-doctor practice in Webb City, Mo., took a client call asking to help retrieve four animals from Joplin. It was 9:15 p.m. as he and his son Jordan made their way into the devastated city. Recounting the story brought Sorrick to tears.
New York City veterinarian takes on pet overpopulation
By Stephanie Fellenstein
New York City — A chance encounter between a New York City veterinarian and a wolfhound-mix puppy, hours away from death, was enough to recruit the doctor into a battle to end pet overpopulation.
Revenue up, but visits were down for 2010, AAHA study says
By Rachael Whitcomb
Lakewood, Colo. — Practice revenues across the profession increased 3 percent from 2009 to 2010, despite unique patient visits declining by 1 percent, according to a new study by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
AAFP, ISFM publish guidelines to help improve feline care, compliance
By Rachael Whitcomb
Hillsborough, N.J. — With feline visits still on the decline, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) have developed a new set of guidelines that they hope will make trips to the veterinarian less stressful for cats.
AVMA delegates to debate veterinarian's oath, foreign graduates
By Rachael Whitcomb
Schaumburg, Ill. — Changes to the Veterinarian's Oath, made last fall by the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Executive Board without input from the House of Delegates (HOD), have spurred three proposed bylaw amendments from member veterinary associations.
AVMA takes up euthanasia concerns with new symposium, panel
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will spend $60,000 on an animal welfare symposium after noting discrepancies in euthanasia recommendationsamong various agencies and organizations.
DNA assessment identifies NME risk in pugs
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Davis, Calif. — A new DNA test created by the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory helps measure the risk of pug dogs developing necrotizing meningoencephalitis (NME).
DVM, self-avowed computer geek charts tech-enhanced course in veterinary education
By Alicia Karapetian
Lansing, Mich. — Students entering the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University expect to sit in lectures and attend labs, but thanks to Robert Malinowski, DVM, the use of technology both in the classroom and out is enhancing courses and changing the way students are receiving information.
Examining risks to cats from shelter stress, low adoption rates
By Stephanie Skernivitz
National Report — In the world of sheltering, dogs are definitely faring better than cats.
Hazardous waste database plans dumped
By Rachael Whitcomb
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) scrapped plans to create a hazardous waste product database for veterinarians.
High levels of flame retardants found in dogs' blood, food
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Bloomington, Ind. — Flame-retardant concentrations are five to 10 times higher in dogs than in humans.
N.D. allows veterinary technicians to dispense Rx
By Rachael Whitcomb
Bismarck, N.D. — Non-pharmacist veterinary technicians may now dispense prescription veterinary drugs in retail operations.
Some pet owners trying to extend human-animal bond into the afterlife
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — The bond between people and their pets has been well-documented, but in certain segments of the population, the trend goes deeper ... way deeper.
UF small animal clinical science chair in line to lead WSAVA
Gainesville, Fla. — The University of Florida's (UF) Dr. Colin Burrows was named vice president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).
Veterinary researchers identify biomarkers for colon cancer
By Rachael Whitcomb
Columbia, Mo. — University of Missouri researchers, including those at the College of Veterinary Medicine, have identified biomarkers that may lead to better screening tests for colon cancer in people and animals.
Virbac's compassionate care survey probes end-of-life care practices
By Daniel R. Verdon
Dallas — Almost half of veterinarians surveyed are having end-of-life discussions with pet owners more than 11 times per month.
Wisconsin puppy-mills laws spur unintended consequences
By Rachael Whitcomb
Madison, Wis. — In rural Wisconsin, purebred dogs have been showing up in people's driveways, and some fear irresponsible breeders are dumping their "stock" ahead of new, stricter laws aimed at puppy mills.
Small Animal
Canine laryngeal paralysis: Epidemiology, diagnosis and medical management
By James Fingeroth, DVM, DACVS
Laryngeal paralysis is recognized because of the loss of function in the paired cricoarytenoideus dorsalis (CAD) muscles, which are the only abductors of the aytenoid cartilages.
Dental probes and explorers—musts for examination
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
A few these tips for these handy dental tools.
Helping veterinary clients understand and treat cats with elimination disorders
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Use these steps to help cat owners resolve this common behavior issue.
Orthotics and prosthetics in veterinary rehabilitation
By Patrice Mich, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl. ACVA, CCRT
Using mechanical appliances to improve the mobility and functionality of impaired patients is no longer the purview of human medicine alone.
Understanding gastric acid secretion in dogs
By Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM , Robert Runde, VMD
Recent research has looked into the effectiveness of gastric acid suppression of famotidine, two omeprazole formulations and a placebo.
Building client satisfaction, medical success
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Purveyors of the recently published data on the declining perceived value of our services would like us to know that the economic sky is falling.
I remember the $5 examination fee
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Last night, my family ordered dinner delivered from a Chinese food restaurant.
Emotional price points: The real reason for dropping client visits?
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Veterinarians haven't paid enough attention to this phenomenon when setting fees. Now they have to.
What you know is a little dangerous
Americans are traditionally comfortable with the laws that prohibit them from taking certain actions such as expectorating in public or conducting insider trading in private.
Keeping pace with Mrs. Dawdle, Saunter and Meander
By Michael A. Obenski
My next appointment hadn't arrived yet. So, I had a little extra time on my hands when Mr. Azalea, the landscaper, came to get me.
Where are Hugh?
About a year ago, oiur new intern, Dr. Emily Berryhill, showed up here in Lamesa, Texas.
Congress introduces legislation to ban performance-enhancing drugs
By Ed Kane, PhD
Proposed new federal legislation call for the elimination of race-day drug usage in Thoroughbred horses.
Nutritional supplements in horses
By Ed Kane, PhD
What should practitioners consider when evaluating and recommending nutritional supplements for equine patients?
The equine heart: Murmurs in performance horses
By Kenneth Marcella, DVM
Targeted horse husbandry and evolution has produced an elite equine athlete capable of attaining fast speeds and exercising over long distances.
Canine urolith epidemiology: 1981 to 2010
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Jody P. Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
In the last three decades, the composition of uroliths in dogs has been variable.
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