DVM360 MAGAZINE, Dec 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Dec 1, 2006
Small Animal
Deciphering the histiocytic code
By Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Many clinicians cringe when they see the word histiocytic on a diagnostic report. The nomenclature of histiocytic diseases can be difficult to understand, leading to confusion in regards to diagnostic and therapeutic options. To further compound the confusion, it can be easy to misdiagnose these diseases with only routine histopathology. This article is designed to provide a better understanding of the histiocytic diseases, as well as to provide information regarding the diagnosis and clinical presentation of these diseases and available treatment options.
Explore the options for dental treatment plans
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Creating a dental treatment plan can be frustrating. As with other veterinary disciplines, dental diagnosis and care is one-third recognition of disease, one-third understanding anatomy and medical principles, and the last third performing needed care.
Pharmacologic studies help DVMs dispel commonly held myths
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
There are no efficacy studies yet available to indicate the value of tramadol for treating pain in animals.
Equine
Embryo shipping, cost and success rates
By Elizabeth F. Martinsen, DVM, DACT
Over the last two decades, embryo transfer has grown in acceptance and is now performed in many horse breeds. The majority of embryo transfers in the United States each year are performed on Arabian and Quarter horses. The American Quarter Horse Association allows multiple foal registrations per year, and the high-dollar Quarter horses are boosting the embryo transfer industry. The embryo transfer technique has not undergone significant innovations for the past few years, but there has been an increasing trend to have embryos shipped to a reproductive facility that manages a large recipient herd. This trend has been supported by encouraging pregnancy rates following embryo transfers from shipped embryos.
Foaling: The fight for immunity
By Ed Kane, PhD
Making sure ... there is passive transfer of antibodies (IgG) is critical to maintain immunity.
AAEP guidelines take shot at controlling infectious outbreaks
By Daniel R. Verdon
Lexington, Ky.— In combating an infectious disease outbreak, communication is key.
Election 2006
Ensign's win signals horse slaughter bill return
By Krista Schultz
Las Vegas — The influence of the nation's 39th president and his family could not thwart DVM and incumbent U.S. Sen. John Ensign's bid for re-election.
Standing count
National Report -- It was nearly a landslide victory for veterinarians.
Minimum wage hike to sting practitioners
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — As the new democratic-dominated Congress promises to the raise the federal government's minimum wage to perhaps $7.25 from $5.15, voters in six states approved referendums Nov. 7 to relieve a 10-year gap in the hourly pay.
Political swing shapes climate for DVM initiatives
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — With at least 24 DVMs now calling state legislators their colleagues, the profession has never been more poised to bolster veterinary medicine's voice and initiatives.
Focused on a 5th term
By Krista Schultz
Olympia, Wash. — State Rep. Kathy Haigh, DVM, retained her seat for a fifth term with a solid election win, but she's still shaky about the stereotypes of being a politician.
Arizona outlaws sow stalls
By Jennifer Fiala
Phoenix — Arizona voters banned gestation stalls that restrict sows from turning and extending their extremities.
Political ambitions cut short for Missouri DVM
By Krista Schultz
Mt. Vernon, Mo. — Although disappointed in his election loss for a state representative seat, Charles Dake, DVM, says he looks forward to returning to the local veterinary practice he shares with his son.
Perdue greets second term
By Daniel R. Verdon
Atlanta — With arms raised, Gov. Sonny Perdue made history, again.
Bond approval fortifies UC-Davis expansion
Davis, Calif. — Voters approved a $10.4-billion bond on Nov. 7 to update and refurbish education buildings in California including the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC-Davis).
One man, one vote
By Daniel R. Verdon
Helena, Mont. -- Every vote matters to Krayton Kerns, DVM.
Business
The season to non-compete
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
We are quickly approaching the time of year that my staff affectionately dubs the "non-compete season."
Leadership: Are you setting the pace?
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Management by walking around is a concept put forward by Tom Peters in "In Search of Excellence."
Interview with a horsefly
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Jeb White walked to the mailbox. On the side of the box, he noticed a very large black horsefly rubbing its front feet together. As he opened the door, two large brown wasps exited and swayed momentarily in the air like small helicopters. They threatened briefly, then gained speed and moved on. Jeb's hair bristled and his chest hurt a bit.
Responding to blame
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
How can we best use our freedom to make choices in context of responding to blame?
Humor
The mind of a child
The puzzled looks on our faces were replaced with wide-mouthed, eye-squinting laughter.
Piddle's wee wee lagoon rescue rife with danger, diagnostic intrigue
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
At her last office visit, Mrs. Dimbulb was very anxious to share her latest theory concerning her cat's behavior. "You know, Doctor," she said. "I think I know why Pierce misbehaves when he's here. It's those heavy gloves you people wear when handling him. Those gloves scare him. My sister, Mrs. Tranquil, brings her cat here, and she told me that her cat, Honey Pie, behaves just fine. I think it's because you don't use those scary gloves on her cat."
News
AVMA approves animal welfare principles
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — Eight standards now serve as the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) overarching guide to evaluating future animal welfare policies, resolutions and actions.
AVMF grants $400,000; hires fundraising director
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — Research and disaster initiatives received $400,000 from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), with Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) claiming more than half.
UC eyes San Diego vet school
By Jennifer Fiala
Oakland, Calif. — The nation's 29th veterinary medical program appears on the horizon.
School partners with industry
Resources and knowledge merge to mutually benefit both
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