DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2007 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2007
Small Animal
Transfusion-associated lung injury: Put it on the watch list
By Kristen P. Woosley, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC
Advances in veterinary transfusion medicine and development of canine and feline blood donor programs have increased the availability of blood products to the veterinary market. An increasing number of small animal practices are routinely using commercial blood banks and providing their patients with valuable transfusion medicine services. It is important when administering these products to understand and recognize the most-common signs of a reaction. Side effects such as vomiting, fever and urticaria have been well described in veterinary patients.
Recognize symptoms of compassion fatigue
By Dana Durrance, MA
It's in every corner of your hospital, and you try to avoid it as much as possible. It's in your exam rooms, your treatment area, your surgery suite and even your employee lounge.
IMHA treatment's first goal to improve oxygen delivery to cells
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The fourth goal of therapy is to prevent serious side effects of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
Academic practitioner: to be or not to be?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
How would you define learning? Webster's dictionary defines "learning" as acquiring knowledge or skill by study or experience, while "study" is the act or process of applying our mind in order to acquire knowledge by reading or investigating. Unfortunately, Webster's definition of the term study emphasizes acquisition of knowledge without properly emphasizing the importance of acquiring wisdom. What's the difference?
PHPT genetic marke ID'd
By Krista Schultz
New York — Grant-funded research yielded the discovery of a genetic marker linked to primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) prevalent in Keeshonden.
Pemphigus foliaceus: Chronic cases typical, challenging to treat
By Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD
As the years go by, I am amazed by the number of difficult cases that I continue to see in my practice.
Food Animal
USDA releases sheep, lamb death-loss report
Fort Collins, Colo. — Roughly 385,000 lambs and 215,300 sheep were lost due to predator and nonpredator causes in 2004, representing 9.4 and 5.6 percent of the U.S. lamb crop and sheep inventory, respectively.
TB testing translates to tax breaks
St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota cattle owners paying for bovine tuberculosis (TB) testing for their cattle can offset testing costs with a new tax credit.
Selling the importance of biosecurity to producers
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Biosecurity is no joke. Most practitioners are aware of its significance considering the media focus on bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), bovine spongiform encephalopathy and agroterrorism. Yet veterinarians who are known to make a host of producer safety recommendations often omit some security suggestions because they appear excessive.
Lab pregnancy testing: Opportunity or threat?
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
New technology to identify open cows circumvents the need for veterinarians to do the work. But that doesn't necessarily erase DVMs from the picture.
AABP establishes foundation
St. Paul, Minn.— American Association of Bovine Practitioners' (AABP) board members voted during the group's annual meeting in September to establish a charitable foundation.
AABP establishes foundation
St. Paul, Minn.— American Association of Bovine Practitioners' (AABP) board members voted during the group's annual meeting in September to establish a charitable foundation.
NAHMS collects diary input for 2007 study
Fort Collins, Colo. — The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) seeks DVM input for its Dairy 2007 national study.
Humor
A little 'no-how' helps deliver the cold hard facts
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I finished the surgery with feelings of pride and accomplishment. There were enterotomies in four places. The abdomen was closed, the skin was closed, and the drain was in place.
People skills sometimes the hardest part of the job
Dealing with people is the part of veterinary medicine that one can never truly say they are good at. Some may profess to be comfortable with it, but most will agree that it is the hardest part of the job.
News
Pet owner study: Communication key driver to improved animal care
By Krista Schultz
National Report –– Communication is key to understanding animal-owner bonds, creating strong veterinary-client relationships and best ensuring proper care for pets, according to a recent study.
Meeting solicits rules-making talks, survey data
By Jennifer Fiala
Chicago — The American Veterinary Medical Association's annual leadership conference agenda appears ordinary apart from an administrative rules rewrite.
Counterfeit clenbuterol found in treated horses
By Krista Schultz
Baton Rouge, La. –– The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is investigating the cases of two horses administered counterfeit clenbuterol to determine if the unapproved drug is responsible for their deaths.
PETA targets Auburn program
By Krista Schultz
Auburn, Ala. — Auburn University ordered an internal investigation after allegations of animal abuse and fund misappropriation stemmed from a nine-month undercover PETA operation in the veterinary college.
APHIS invites input for veterinary biological products meeting
Washington — The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requests agenda topics for a meeting on veterinary biological products.
Cornell's Smith to end decade-long tenure as dean
By Krista Schultz
Ithaca, N.Y. — He hopes his legacy will be upheld through the continued encouragement of Cornell's future veterinarians to be diverse in thought and practice, and open to challenges and change.
Western U breaks ground on new veterinary center
Pomona, Calif. —Western University's (Western U) veterinary college broke ground on its veterinary clinical center.
Veterinarian elected GOP chairman
Annapolis, Md. — The Maryland Republican Party named a 58-year-old mixed animal practitioner as spokesman for its agenda.
Pets and owners stay in shape better together
Washington, D.C. — A study monitoring the success of weight loss for people and animals showed better results when owners and pets worked together.
FDA appeals compounding ruling
New Orleans — Federal regulators want the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to overturn a trial court's ruling that limits the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) jurisdiction over the production of some compounded drugs.
Three votes hand DVM Montana House seat
Helena, Mont. — Krayton Kerns, DVM, earned his seat and a Republican majority in the Montana House of Representatives by three votes.
Louisville nexes breed bans from dangerous dog law
By Jennifer Fiala
Louisville, Ky. — At 3:45 a.m. Dec. 20, Louisville Metro Council members passed a dangerous dog ordinance that rejected an original version calling for the ban of seven large breeds including Pit Bulls.
Bayer names new leader
Shawnee, Kan. — Bayer HealthCare named Lykele van der Broek global head of its animal health division.
NAVC readies for packed show
Orlando, Fla. — The 24th annual NAVC Conference Jan. 13-17, 2007 promises to provide a variety of learning formats.
Hearing ensues on N.J. livestock welfare standards
Trenton, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is back in court defending its "Humane Treatment of Domestic Livestock" standards against an animal rights group's claims the principles don't go far enough.
Morris Animal Foundation spearheads push to fight cancer
By Krista Schultz
Englewood, Colo. — A $30-million cancer program aims to foster research, treatment and, hopefully, a future cure for canine and human cancer.
When dogs attack
Despite years of experience, even veterinarians can be caught off guard by aggressive dogs, experts say. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dogs bite 4.7 million people each year with 800,000 Americans seeking medical attention. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about a dozen die. The rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages 5 years to 9 years, and the rate decreases as children age. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages 4 years and younger are to the head or neck region.
Anti-terrorism bill passes
Washington — The U.S. House passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act last month in lame-duck session, sending the measure to President Bush's desk for his signature.
Acquisition falls through
Dublin, OH — Unable to agree on acquisition terms, Butler Animal Health Supply terminated a letter of intent to acquire IVESCO, a leading product distributor.
A Survivor's Story
By Jennifer Fiala
Dr. Nancy Matthews didn't cry. She didn't run. After a short fight, she curled into the fetal position and remained still, trying to keep her neck, face and the back of her legs unexposed.
AAFP throws support to CAPC guidelines
Bel Air, Md. — The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) threw its endorsement to parasite control guidelines from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).
Lay practice debate erupts in Fla., Colo.
By Jennifer Fiala
Orlando, Fla. — Florida veterinarians are constructing a comprehensive strategy to beat back lay practitioners' attempts to gain unregulated access to animals to perform complementary and alternative procedures.
CVM takes on NSAID education
Rockville, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) posted client information on its Web site about veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in an attempt to educate consumers and stave off adverse events.
Bill threatens animal, human health, AVMA says
Washington — Proposed legislation designed to improve the treatment of farm animals might be detrimental to animal welfare, public health and food safety, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) officials report.
Clarke to lead Oregon State's vet college
By Krista Schultz
Stillwater, Okla.–– A 20-year education system veteran's teaching, research, clinical and administrative experience, paired with an understanding of the culture at Oregon State University, made him a good fit for the position of dean in the school's veterinary college.
Rabies cases drop in 2005
Schaumburg, Ill. — Reported rabies cases dropped in 2005, according to a report in the December Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).
AAVSB taps executive director, Ronan retires
Kansas City, Mo. — The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) names Robyn Kendrick executive director, effective Jan. 2.
CSU lifts EHV-1 quarantine
Fort Collins, Colo. — A voluntary quarantine at Colorado State University (CSU) was lifted following a late October outbreak of equine herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1).
House leader blocks bill to ban animal fighting
Washington — The FBI and Congress have better things to do with their time than bust criminals who fight animals.
Business
The Weezer story
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
"Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent." — Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday
Skilled management will help lead a divided house
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Most practices get the administrator duties completed by the members of the dedicated and sometimes overworked staff.
Veterinary law: Enter the age of enlightenment
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
As veterinary practitioners, we know that new and unanticipated challenges face us in a world of accelerating change and technological development. The media and particularly the Internet have altered both the level of information available to us and the level of expectations of our clientele.
Convention tax write off: Are you taking advantage?
By Mark E. Battersby
Imagine an enjoyable — and educational — vacation, with Uncle Sam picking up part of the tab.
Darwin was right
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
The next five years will be remembered by the survivors as a time of chaos; a time of reordered priorities and a time of major adjustment. I'm sure that Nostradamus said something or other about this event.
Mastering Management: Evaluating hypertension
By Bonnie Lefbom
Most veterinary hospitals recommend geriatric pets receive once (or twice) yearly evaluations including an examination and blood testing. According to Dr. Bonnie Lefbom of Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates in Vienna, Va. that evaluation should also include a blood pressure measurement.
Equine
Experts address keys to the foaling examination
By Ed Kane, PhD
With excellent veterinary care ... foals will get past any early disease.
Commission urges EVA caution amid outbreak
Austin, Texas — The Texas Animal Health Commission advised equine owners and DVMs to use best practices for the prevention of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) following an outbreak in nearby states.
NAHMS probes equine health status
By Bill Gillette
Fort Collins, Colo. — Old age was the number one cause of death for horses, according to a recently released study of equine health from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
AAEP shatters record
San Antonio — Attendance records were shattered at the recently concluded American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting.
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