DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2006
Small Animal
Parasite Parachute
Editor's Note: We bugged Dr. Mike Paul, executive director of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) for his answers to five key questions about parasites, diagnostics and disease transmission. He delivered the answers in an exclusive Q/A.
Feline urolithiasis
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Could you review trends in feline urolithiasis in cats?
Shelter dogs fare better than cats, survey says
Columbus, Ohio — According to a survey of animal shelters across Ohio, the outlook for sheltered dogs has improved considerably in the last decade. But conditions have deteriorated for cats.
Getting the jump on osteoarthritis
By Linda Marie Wetzel
Columbia, MO — A group of researchers is exploring ways to diagnose and treat osteoarthritis in the earliest stages, before irreversible damage is done to joints.
Thoracoscopic partial pericardectomy in the dog
By Jill Sammarco BvSc, MRCVS, DACVS , Carl D. Sammarco, BvSc, MRCVS, DACVIM
Pericardial effusion presents clinicians with a challenge when diagnosing the underlying cause, since the prognosis can be favorable in certain cases. Partial pericardectomy can be performed via thoracoscopy; and in select cases, this minimally invasive procedure can provide long-term relief of clinical signs.
Canine demodicosis: Serious disease requires aggressive therapy
By Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD
The immune system plays a role in the development of juvenile- and adult-onset demodicosis.
Mapping the pathogenesis of canine distemper virus
By Beatrix Nanai, DVM , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Canine distemper is a debilitating, persistent infection of the nervous system, caused by an enveloped single-stranded RNA virus that belongs to the family of Paramixovirid?, Morbillivirus genus.
Equine
Equine health, medical records plan headline racehorse safety summit
Lexington, Ky.— A recently concluded racehorse summit resulted in the drafting of action plans targeting six areas to improve conditions in the Thoroughbred industry.
Pericarditis: Consider pericardiocentesis and lavage
By Abby M. Sage, MS, VMD, DACVIM
Pericarditis is an inflammatory condition of the pericardial lining of the heart. It is characterized by accumulation of fluid, fibrin or fibrous tissue within the pericardial sac. Pericarditis is seen more commonly in young horses.1,2 There is no breed predilection. Male intact horses may be at increased risk.1
Broodmare nutrition: Lactation remains most demanding period
By Ed Kane, PhD
Proper broodmare feeding is not much different than for any other female breeding animal. When it comes to nutrient needs for all young-bearing animals, the latter stage of pregnancy — especially lactation — is most demanding. What's most important prior to pregnancy is that the mare is neither too thrifty nor overweight, with a proper body condition score for her size (5-6, moderate to fleshy).
Humor
Mr. Punster's wit strong as old concrete; he just cracked himself up
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Will Dawdle was a great veterinarian in the 1970s. In fact, he still is.
To catch a thief
They actually called the television station asking to put the event on the news.
Business
The Blame game
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
How can we best use our freedom to make choices in context of responding to blame?
Guess what? Rules sometimes on a need-to-know basis
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Ican't speak for every one of us, but I would have to say that for the most part, veterinarians tend to be people who have lived their lives following the rules.
The everything specialist: You can't do it all
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Before graduation we should have been taught how to use these surrogates profitably.
What dentists can teach us
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
The dentist had been in the room less than four minutes.
News
DVM Newsmaker's Summit: A changing business model
Dr. Walther: The changes occurring in our business model for the most part are going faster than any of us realize. But what does the future hold? Is solo practice, please excuse the expression, a dead horse? Are the requirements of the practice, both as a professional and as a manager, too much for a single practitioner? What is the proper size for a multi-doctor practice? What practice model will allow us to have time off and take emergency calls? Is it going to be four, five or six? Right now, four to five doctors seem to be the number, but I think that, too, is up for grabs. What place does our profession have for corporate practices? They're growing; they're profitable. They find, as we are finding, a shortage of veterinarians to run them. How will the supply of veterinarians impact them?
DVM gets 25 years for husband's murder
Angelo, Texas — Dr. Wendi Mae Davidson, 28, was sentenced to 25 years in prison last month after pleading no contest to charges she murdered her husband, Dyess Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Michael Leslie Severance.
Reed named to lead Purdue as new dean
West Lafayette, Ind. — Dr. Willie Reed has a tall agenda.
Breaking boundaries
By Daniel R. Verdon
Columbia, Mo.— The human-animal bond has no economic boundaries.
Stage call
Bowie, Md. — A one-time public relations agent, federal crime laboratory worker, screenplay author and late-blooming veterinarian takes on his latest role as Jake, a neurotic novelist struggling in relationships with the opposite sex.
Practitioner trades stethoscope for politics
Washington — After 30 years in private practice, Dr. R. Douglas Meckes takes on the role of lobbyist, championing the farm bill and animal welfare while promoting the veterinary profession.
Consortium mulls big farming's impact to environment, health
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Past government officials, environmentalists, industry leaders and even actress-turned-activist Daryl Hannah want to contribute to what's being billed the most comprehensive study on agriculture's impact to date.
State of emergency
On Sept. 22, fire swept through pastures in rural Yolo County, Calif., killing 800 sheep and injuring hundreds more, including horses. The Veterinary Emergency Response Team, composed of students, faculty and staff at University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC-Davis), worked to evacuate and and treat the burned and injured animals.
WSU veterinarian elected to Institute of Medicine
Pullman, WA -— Dr. Guy Palmer, a veterinary pathologist at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM).
ASPCA inks pet insurance deal
New York — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) now markets health insurance policies for dogs and cats.
Cloning business proves defective
San Francisco — "Genetic Savings and Clone is no longer providing interviews. We are no longer accepting orders."
Banfield summit asks leaders to mull key professional issues
By Daniel R. Verdon
Portland—Officials ready the debut of pet owner pricing research following an industry summit that drew 103 leaders of veterinary associations and animal health companies.
The political balance: Veterinary measures hang as Congress adjourns
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington— As the U.S. House and Senate adjourn for election season, a myriad of veterinary-related bills sit untouched and stand to falter due to lack of time and congressional attention.
CDC study: DVMs fail lepto safety practices
By Jennifer Fiala
Atlanta — It contaminates practices, brings about lawsuits and causes illness, even death. Yet veterinarians enforce shoddy safety measures when it comes to leptospirosis and exposure to bacteria contamination.
PETS Act prevails
While it wasn't a big year for veterinary medicine initiatives, some measures managed to pass Congress and gain White House approval.
Veterinary institutions study E. coli O157:H7
At the same time, Tufts researchers have designed a treatment.
Drug law interpretation blindsides DVMs
By Jennifer Fiala
San Diego — Most of California's 7,900 licensed veterinarians unknowingly break federal and state drug laws every day by allowing staff to administer controlled substances without immediate supervision, officials say.
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