DVM360 MAGAZINE, Sep 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Sep 1, 2006
PetMed Express settles legal battle with Texas
Pompano Beach, Fla. — PetMed Express has settled with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for $50,000 plus $9,000 in legal expenses and three years probation.
Banfield teams up with Meals on Wheels
Portland, Ore.—Banfield, The Pet Hospital has teamed up with the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to launch a national pet food drive.
WWVC to kick off in Reno
The Wild West Veterinary Conference (WWVC) is slated for Oct. 11-15 at the Reno Hilton.
UM breaks ground on treatment, research center
St. Paul, Minn. — The University of Minnesota (UM) is planning a $14-million horse treatment and research center that will house a riding arena, research barn, surgical suites and treadmills.
Tuition assistance falls short for N.J. students
By Jennifer Fiala
Trenton, N.J. — Ninety-two students from seven veterinary institutions are scrambling for last-minute tuition funds following a New Jersey budget battle that axed $650,000 from the state's $1.337 million Veterinary Medicine Education Program (VMEP).
Advanced Study
By David Frabotta
National Report — Veterinary medicine is more specialized today than it was just a few years ago. Not only are general practitioners offering significantly more diagnostic, dentistry, imaging and surgery services in-house, they say they are referring more patients to specialists, too.
Texas A&M announces Piper Professor
College Station, Texas — Laurie Jaeger, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, was named a 2006 Piper Professor.
Iowa State, Nebraska program address food animal shortage
Ames, Iowa — Officials at Iowa State University (ISU) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) approved an agreement to allow Nebraska students to begin a veterinary degree program in their home state and finish at ISU.
TVMF pulls in $32,000 for hurricane relief efforts
Austin, Texas — After two months of fundraising, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) raised more than $32,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Canine flu revisited
Virtually all dogs become infected when exposed to canine influenza virus. Eighty percent of dogs show clinical signs of infection while 20 percent do not because they are subclinically infected, says Dr. Cynda Crawford, canine Influenza expert with the University of Florida. The best estimates of the mortality rate from canine influenza, is less than 10 percent. In a population of non-Greyhound dogs in Florida with a confirmed infection, it was 7 percent.
AAEP courts funding for equine projects
Lexington, Ky. — Researchers, industry leaders and funding agencies gathered to develop a blueprint for future success in equine research.
FDA updates feed enforcement rules to limit BSE spread
Rockville, MD. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an updated compliance report concerning its Ruminant Feed Ban.
Kansas regulators earn right to discipline lay practitioners
Topeka, Kan. — The Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) now boasts the power to take action against unlicensed practitioners of veterinary medicine.
Salaries on the rise, AAHA reports
By Jessica Tremayne
Lakewood, Colo. – Salaries are on the rise, yet a gender disparity still exists, according to an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) survey.
Specialization: Panelists delve into top professional issues facing veterinary medicine; DVM Newsmakers Summit
We struggle in training veterinarians to treat all species and all specialties. The general public of course recognizes that it is difficult to be a veterinarian because you have to be able to treat every species.
Pet evacuation bill awaits final approval
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Legislation that ties federal grants to including pets in local and state evacuation plans hinges on last-minute negotiations between Congress' two chambers.
AAFP releases new vaccine guidelines
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — Described by insiders as "encyclopedic," AAFP's vaccine guidelines boil down to one ingredient: inoculation should be individualized, based on the patient's needs and risk-to-benefit ratio.
Equine West Nile cases spike in Missouri
Columbia, Mo. — The number of equine West Nile virus (WNV) cases surpassed the number recorded for the entire season last year, according to Gayle Johnson, DVM, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).
Judge mulls FDA control over compounded drugs
By Jennifer Fiala
Midland, Texas — The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulatory authority over compounded veterinary medicines hinges on a ruling by a judge who's already hinted at limiting the agency's control in the human sector.
In the line of fire
By David Frabotta
About 780 veterinarians are deployed or working in 90 countries to support combat and stationed troops. They service hundreds of working dogs and an array of mountain mules in addition to their food-safety responsibilities, research and development. They've been doing so for nine decades.
AAHA readies for 2007 conference
Denver — The American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) 2007 conference is slated for March 17-21 in Denver.
FDA commemorates 100 years of service
College Park, MD. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) celebrates 100 years of the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906.
CSU DVM named to European Food Safety Authority
Fort Collins — Dr. Mo Salman, Colorado State University (CSU) epidemiologist and director of the Animal Health Population Institute, was the only American ever named to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a three-year term.
CSU's Animal Cancer Center finds nontoxic radiation drug
Fort Collins, Colo. — Colorado State University (CSU) researchers developed a way to administer intravenous radiation drugs to bone cancer patients without causing damage to healthy cells and vital organs.
NCSU harnesses new treatment for canine soft-tissue sarcoma
By Jessica Tremayne
RALEIGH, N.C. — Hyperthermia combined with radiation treatment has received positive response in canines with macroscopic tumors in a clinical study at North Carolina State University (NCSU).
CSU collaborates with Homeland Security
Fort Collins, Colo. — A rapid diagnostic test for seven animal diseases including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was designed in part by Colorado State University's (CSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Civil rights suit target authority of veterinary board
By Jennifer Fiala
Minneapolis — The business of veterinary medicine operates like a cartel, misusing its regulatory power to strangle competition.
MU dean steps down to take UNC position
Columbia, Mo. — Dr. Joe Kornegay announced his resignation as dean of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Veterinary Medicine to accept a position at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), effective Oct. 16.
Still in the running
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has spent millions of dollars to review and whittle down the list of 29 original parties interested in hosting its $450 million National Bio-and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF). Last month, the agency's team of experts narrowed that list to 14 potential sites based on four criteria: acquisition/construction/operations, research capabilities, workforce and community acceptance. The following is a list of candidates that have advanced to the next phase of DHS's site planning process. DHS expects to name the final NBAF site in early 2008.
Heat wave steamrolls nation
By Jennifer Fiala
Swelling to 117-degrees, Pierre S.D. shattered temperature records in July according to the National Climactic Data Center. Dr. Vicky Wilkey talks about the summer that burned.
No dues increase for now, AVMA says
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association's budget forecast fails to include a membership dues increase.
Veterinarians mourn fallen compatriot
The U.S. Army Veterinary Service Corps considered cancelling its 90th-anniversary celebration when the first veterinarian since the Vietnam conflict was killed in action May 18 as a result of a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Former OSU dean takes reins at UF
Gainsville, Fla. — Glen F. Hoffsis, DVM, was named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida (UF).
White House advisers call on experts for surveillance panel
Alexandria, Va. — A select group of government and veterinary medical leaders plan to convene this month to explore instituting a companion animal health surveillance program in the United States.
Intervet conducts diabetes study
Millsboro Del. — Owners knowledge of diabetes in humans might not carry over to their pets, according to a recent Intervet study.
AVMA honors DVMs advancing medicine
Honolulu — The American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Award goes to Dr. John Madigan, a California equine practitioner known for coordinating animal rescue efforts, inventing rehabilitation tools and developing an equine neonatal care facility.
Board clarifies position in appeals case
Boise, Idaho — In a letter written to DVM Newsmagazine, the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine voiced concern in regard to statements made in the July article, "Veterinarian challenges board decision and wins".
DHS cuts Plum Island, narrows NBAF finalists
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Plum Island Animal Disease Center will not host the proposed $450 million, 400-employee National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), government officials announced last month.
Space on your client's invoice the final frontier
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Taking a half hour or so to input any bundles saves hours and prevents missed income...
Triage for colic patients
By Anthony T. Blikslager, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Rapid triage decisions and referral is a tremendous benefit to survival rates.
The writing on the wall
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Veterinarians are confronted with clients who darken our doors under the most dire of circumstances.
Otitis: Inside look at pathogenesis, treatment and prevention
By Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD
It seems that pinnal inflammation is much easier to treat than canal inflammation.
Anorectal disease: Tumors best treated by complete surgical excision
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Severe cases generally require both medical and surgical management.
Laparoscopy: Underused yet definitive diagnostic tool
By Katharine R. Salmeri, DVM, DACVS
The laparoscope was developed as a diagnostic tool in the early 20th Century with the first experimental laparoscopy being performed in a dog in 1901. It wasn't until the 1930s that the laparoscope began being used as a diagnostic tool in human medicine. It took another 50 years before the laparoscope was used to perform surgeries such as appendectomies and cholecystectomies.
Face time can fuel personal growth, good will
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
It is interesting that the very best thing that you can do to become better at recognizing and diagnosing lameness in horses may also be the best thing that you can do for your business. Dr. Colin Burrows, executive director of The North American Veterinary Conference, wrote a piece on marketing strategy in the July issue of the NAVC Clinician's Brief.
Fecal testing compliance
By Dennis Chmiel
Merrimack, N.H. — Most DVMs would agree that fecal examination is an important part of any dog or cat wellness program.
Out of the gait
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Analysis is important, but it's still critical to get out to watch horses move.
Slick introductions: There would be no miracle makeover for these grizzled hands
A quick glance revealed a very shiny hand covered in what could have been Crisco.
Communication Pathways
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
There are two types of communication pathways present in any social/working environment.
Making it on the side
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Our office routinely has professional interaction with accountants and accounting firms across the country. As a result, it has been my pleasure to become professionally and often personally acquainted with numerous accountants, both certified and otherwise, who handle an extensive amount of work for veterinarians.
How would you manage a prolapsed urethra in an English Bulldog?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
A 3-year-old male non-castrated English Bulldog was admitted to the Veterinary Medical Center because of intermittent episodes of gross hematuria of two months' duration.
news, food animal news
U.S. scales back mad cow testing
Washington — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cut mad cow testing in the country by 90 percent, starting last month.
FDA to hold public meeting for ranking feed contaminants
Rockville, MD. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to hold a public meeting Sept. 12 to present a work-in-progress method for ranking feed contaminants according to the relative risks they pose to animal and human health.
AAVSB chief officer retires
Kansas City, Mo. — The executive director of the nation's only agency to report veterinary licensing exam scores plans to retire this year, sending officials on the hunt for a replacement.
Dr. Obenski
Safety's cardinal rule: Just don't get hurt
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I recently read an article touting the 10 safest cities in the United States. I could hardly believe my eyes. My town was not even mentioned.
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