DVM360 MAGAZINE, Aug 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Aug 1, 2011
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Equine racing challenges grow as foal numbers drop
By Alicia Karapetian
The number of registered Thoroughbred foals is declining as horse racing faces increasing economic challenges.
GAO: Neglect on the rise since closure of domestic equine slaughter operations
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — The welfare of some horses has declined since the United States banned equine slaughter plants, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Straight talk
By Alicia Karapetian
National Report — According to the recent "Compassionate Care Online Survey" from Virbac Animal Health, 47 percent of veterinarians have end-of-life discussions with their clients more than 11 times per month. How these conversations unfold, experts say, is key to a client's comfort with their choice in extending or ending a pet's life.
Enrollment worries
By Rachael Whitcomb
An influx of new DVMs to satisfy a perceived workforce shortage could pose serious long-term economic problems, veterinary officials say.
Sky is not the limit for NASA veterinarian
By Stephanie Fellenstein
As the space shuttle Atlantis blasted out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final mission in early July, NASA's chief veterinarian Alex Dunlap says it's not the end, but the beginning of a new era.
Mexico's drug cartels force animal inspections stateside
By Rachael Whitcomb
Increasing drug cartel violence in Mexico forced U.S. veterinary inspectors, who previously crossed the border to perform inspections, to move stateside, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Lawmakers give green light to veterinary board for physical, mental evaluation requests
Annapolis, Md. — Maryland veterinarians will now have to submit to physical and/or mental examinations if ordered by the state veterinary board.
Just add water
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. — moisture-enhanced feline diet, coupled with increased activity, may inhibit the rate of weight gain in cats, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition.
5 veterinary schools slated for site visits by AVMA's accrediting body
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education will visit another five veterinary colleges and universities before the end of 2011.
AAVMC, AVMA lobby lawmakers to fund NAHLN
Washington — The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted to restore funding to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), but the Senate must follow suit if funds are appropriated for the program in the 2012 Department of Agriculture budget.
AKC provides more funding for working dog DNA database
Raleigh, N.C. — The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery program kicked in $110,000 to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine for its creation of a health database for search-and-rescue dogs.
AVMA endorses military working dog monument
Washington — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) threw its support to the construction of a new national monument that will recognize the contributions made by military working dogs to our nation's security.
AVMA moves closer to finalizing Model Veterinary Practice Act revisions
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is finalizing its latest revision of the Model Veterinary Practice Act.
Alabama sets new rules on shelter euthanasia
Mobile, Ala. — Alabama is banning the use of gas chambers for euthanasia at animal shelters starting next year.
American Kennel Club welcomes three new breeds
Raleigh, N.C. — A herding dog, a hound dog and a terrier have been added to the list of registered breeds by the American Kennel Club.
Calif. board establishes CE requirements for veterinary technicians
Sacramento, Calif. — The California Veterinary Medical Board has issued a new rule, spelling out continuing education requirements for veterinary technicians.
Colorado veterinary board defines DVM supervision; clarifies animal massage therapy requirements
Denver — New state rules in Colorado place veterinary students under the direct supervision of licensed veterinarians.
Georgia authorizes veterinary student loan program
Atlanta, Ga. — Georgia lawmakers have reworked the state's previous student loan repayment program and established a board to purchase the loans of veterinary students that will practice food-animal medicine in Georgia.
Kennel license requirements changed in Maryland
Annapolis, Md. - Anyone with more than 15 unspayed female dogs over the age of 6 months will be required to obtain a Maryland kennel license beginning Oct. 1.
Maryland excludes horsehoeing from veterinary practice act
Annapolis, Md. — Trimming and maintaining horse hooves by a farrier or other layperson is no longer included within the cope of Maryland's definition of veterinary medicine,
Missouri dog breeder law mandates annual veterinary exams
St. Louis — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon allocated $1.1 million in the 2012 state budget to crack down on substandard commercial dog breeders.
Modest funding cut for FARAD in 2011
Washington — The Food Animal Avoidance Databank (FARAD) took a tiny funding cut this year.
Morris Animal Foundation funds nearly 50 new wildlife health studies
Denver — The Morris Animal Foundation reports it will fund 50 new and continuing wildlife health studies.
Nebraska revises rules for temporary licensure
Lincoln, Neb. — Veterinarians may now apply for a temporary license in Nebraska if they have been licensed in another state with comparable standards.
Nevada sets new breeding standards, including DVM care
Carson City, Nev. — New regulations on dog and cat breeders in Nevada include prohibiting the sale of either animal without a sales contract.
Oklahoma lawmakers will allow injunctions for veterinary practice act enforcement
Oklahoma City — Oklahoma lawmakers will now allow district courts to issue injunctions without bond for several state regulators, including the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Oklahoma to establish abuse hotline, contract with veterinarians for inspections
Oklahoma City — Commercial pet breeders in Oklahoma must now contract with veterinarians for inspections and establish a hotline for animal abuse reporting.
Spanish vaccine maker plans to build its North American headquarters in Ames
Ames, Iowa — Laboratories Hipra, a Spanish animal-health company focused primarily on research and marketing of food-animal vaccines, plans to build its first North American headquarters in Ames, Iowa.
Texas refines licensure rules
Austin — The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will no longer accept licensure applications through any reciprocal licensing agreements or by endorsement.
Three universities eye new veterinary programs
By Rachael Whitcomb
Harrogate, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University will open a new veterinary college in the fall of 2012.
Veterinarians can reuse donations for pets in need, new law says
Carson City, Nev. — Pet owners in Nevada may now donate some unused medications to a veterinarian or veterinary facility so that they can be redistributed to animals in need.
Humor
Has your client scanner gone haywire?
By Michael A. Obenski
Mrs. Haywire is dead set against having one of those identification chips inserted in her dog's neck.
Small Animal
No breeds are really hypoallergenic
By Rachael Whitcomb
Alert the President! Study calls into question claims that some dogs are allergen-free
Dental radiography: a vital practice resource
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Two case examples display how radiography can reveal hidden pathology.
Canine laryngeal paralysis, Part 2: Surgical treatment, aftercare, prognosis and complications
By James Fingeroth, DVM, DACVS
The tie back remains the most common surgical method for correction.
Canine housetraining, Part 1: Humane and age-appropriate strategies
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Housetraining dogs is really quite simple. The hard part is ensuring clients understand dogs' needs.
Urethral stenting for patients with malignant obstruction
By Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM
This effective, minimally invasive outpatient procedure can offer immediate relief of stranguria.
Equine
Equine wound care: Everything old is new again
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Renewed attention is being paid to older treatment options, especially for antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
Calif. researchers collaborate on animal, human health
By Ed Kane, PhD
Veterinarians, physicians and PhDs are forming at the University of California-Davis to conduct basic research, develop clinical applications and conduct clinical trials in regenerative medicine that will yield great benefits in animal and human health.
Medicine
Feline urethal plugs: 2010
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Jody P. Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
A look at composition provides insight into ways to prevent plugs in the first place.
Transoperative pain management: A framework
By Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, CVPP
To make your pain control measures top-notch, construct a scaffold of appropriate pain medications.
Business
Clients are not your friends
By Andrew Roark, DVM, MS
Friends and family bring a lot of great things to our personal lives, but they also bring stress.
Don't act like you're not discounting
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Do you discount your services? Sure you do.
New damage laws will impact your wallet
When I get together with friends who work in other healthcare professions, the conversation often turns to malpratice insurance coverage.
Let Uncle Sam help you market your practice
By Mark E. Battersby
Without marketing or advertising, no one will know that your veterinary practice exists, so it?s crucial that your clinic has a marketing strategy.
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