DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2007 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2007
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DeHaven selected to lead AVMA
By Krista Schultz
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association named Dr. Ron DeHaven as its new executive vice president to help lead the organization and replace retiring Dr. Bruce Little, who has held the position for 11 years.
Veterinary school recovers after Virginia Tech shooting rampage
By Krista Schultz
Blacksburg, Va. — While almost 400 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) students attended classes and labs the morning of April 16, the start of a massacre was underway just 500 yards across campus.
Lingering fear and questions
By James M. Lewis
After more than six weeks, the story surrounding the nation's largest pet-food recall still doesn't have an ending.
Counting casualties
By Daniel R. Verdon
Davis, Calif. — "It's like a wet finger in the wind," says Dr. Paul Pion, of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), in assessing the health impact of the massive recall affecting about 1 percent of all pet foods.
Emotional damages: Will pet-food lawsuits fuel a fight?
By Krista Schultz
National Report –– The wave of lawsuits filed over the pet-food recall leaves officials uncertain if the precedent for disallowing emotional distress damages will be followed or overturned — a move that could create new liability for DVMs facing malpractice claims.
AVMA, AAVLD collaborate on survey to measure impact of tainted-food cases
National Report — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is asking its members who treat companion animals to participate in an online survey to generate more information on the pet-food recall.
Improve tracking, reporting, labeling of pet foods, DVMs tell Senate panel
By James M. Lewis
Washington — An improved system of tracking pet-food ingredients from the point of origin to the point of utilization, a better system of reporting contaminants and a truth-in-labeling initiative are steps that might go a long way toward preventing another pet-food crisis of the magnitude the nation is experiencing.
Industry-government panel formed to dig deeper
National Report — The Pet Food Institute (PFI) created a new industry-government commission to investigate the pet-food crisis and make recommendations, its president says.
Legal backlash: a non-economic precedent?
The list of legal actions continues to grow as officials sort the aftermath of the largest pet-food recall in history. DVM Newsmagazine compiled this short list of actions filed at press time.
Hill's takes steps to cope with pet-food recall
Topeka, Kan.— Hill's Pet Nutrition dispatched a 250-person team to collect its recalled products after they were snared in the large-scale pet-food contamination crisis from Menu Foods.
Responding to the recall
By Krista Schultz
National Report — As confusion, outcry and updates continue to grow on pace with the pet food recall, several key organized veterinary associations stepped up to help calm the frenzy and restore pet owner sanity.
Study to gauge DVM workforce needs
Washington, D.C. — The National Research Council is behind a project to assess current and future workforce needs in veterinary medicine and conclude with a report identifying industry options for continued success.
Foresight
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Governments have fallen, diseases conquered and new technologies have changed the face of medicine.
Colo. Alternative-care bill derailed for lack of 1 vote
By Krista Schultz
Denver, Colo. — One vote defeated Colorado HB 1296 and decided the fate of lay practitioners who, at least for now, must continue to seek veterinary referral and supervision before treating animals.
HB 1126 vs. HB 1296
By Krista Schultz
Denver, Colo. –– Veterinary medicine in Colorado is facing giant changes in regulation and oversight.
Bug wars
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Parasites are on the move. Warmer winters, exploding wildlife populations and reforestation are all fueling the trend.
FDA posts cumulative adverse events report online
Rockville , MD. — The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine posted its Cumulative Adverse Drug Experiences (ADE) Summaries Report, providing veterinarians and animal owners easy access to information about reactions and other signs that have been associated with drugs.
ISU nails full accreditation
Ames, Iowa — The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine has been granted full accreditation status by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Klausner leaving academia to head AMC
By James M. Lewis
St. Paul, Minn. — More than three decades in the academic realm of veterinary medicine are drawing to a close for Dr. Jeffry S. Klausner, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, as he prepares to become president and chief executive officer of New York City's prestigious Animal Medical Center (AMC) on July 1.
MAF cancer initiative seeks to raise $30 million
Denver, Colo.—The Morris Animal Foundation launched a $30-million fundraising effort to back its three-phased canine-cancer initiative that aims not only to save dogs from the disease, but also help produce breakthroughs in human cancers — especially those typically found in childhood.
NVA gets $128 million from investment firm, plans more acquisitions
Westlake Village and Palo Alto, Calif. — National Veterinary Associates (NVA), the nation's largest private owner of free-standing companion-animal hospitals, announced that it received a $128 million investment from Summit Partners, a private equity and venture-capital firm.
Nutramax takes Cosequin OTC, makes bid to fend off future Internest diversion
Baltimore — Nutramax Laboratories is taking Cosequin® over-the-counter because of Internet bootlegging, but says new distribution-control strategies are in place to save its newest generation product, DasuquinTM, from meeting the same fate.
Nestle Purina wins Veterinary Exhibitors' Association award
St. Louis, Mo. – Nestle Purina PetCare received the 2007 "Inline Booth of the Year" award from the American Veterinary Exhibitors' Association (AVEA) for having the most outstanding booth throughout 2006.
AAHA's finalized referral guidelines reflect few changes
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Denver — Following input from dozens of veterinarians nationwide, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has published the final version of its referral guidelines. However, veterinarians can expect to see minimal changes with this latest version.
MU announces finalists for the veterinary college dean position
Columbia, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine has selected five finalists in the search to fill the school's dean position.
Healthy Pet acquires 6 new veterinary hospitals
National Report — Healthy Pet bought six new animal hospitals in New England, bringing its ownership portfolio to 44 practices along the East Coast.
APHIS names new associate director
Washington — The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) appointed Cindy Smith as its new associate administrator.
AAHA presents 2007 awards
Denver, Co. — The American Animal Hospital Association presented its 2007 awards, recognizing individuals for their outstanding service to the veterinary industry, at the annual conference in Denver.
First veterinary student wind NIH fellowship
North Grafton, Mass. –– For the first time since the Fogarty Fellowship was established, a veterinary student was selected as one of 20 annual participants in the National Institutes of Health overseas research program.
Test allowing for faster ID of bird-flu strains reported
Brisbane, Australia — BioChip Innovations (BCI) is working to release Influenza PrimRset, a new product that can identify each of avian influenza's 144 strains, allowing quicker response time and appropriate treatment for outbreaks.
School oncologists get linear accelerator
Minneapolis — St. Paul, Minn. - A $1.8- million linear accelerator for treatment of cancer patients is expected to be ready for use this summer at the Veterinary Medical Center in the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.
VPI to open new Denver claim center
The site will have 25 claims specialists, adding to the nearly 400 employees.
Humor
The kind of people who spare all costs
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Any office call involving Mr. and Mrs. Flipflop can be quite a challenge. They truly seem to love their pets, or maybe they don't. And nothing is too much trouble when it comes to their animal's welfare, or maybe nothing is all they are willing to do. It is hard to tell. The truth is, though, they usually are all talk and no action.
Heads in the sand?
Have you ever had a close-up look at an ostrich? Do you have any idea how big those rascals really are?
Business
Is your private practice really private?
By James Iafe, VMD
It's simply good business practice that will reduce or eliminate costly incidents.
Let's get realistic with surgical fees
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
How much of your income is due to your performing surgery? Perhaps 15 percent? Even 20 percent?
How to form a new practice entity
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
The weather in New York is beginning to improve after a long winter and my staff is fielding the usual rash of telephone calls from vets hoping to open new practices. And, though I am going to be giving a day-long lecture on the topic of new practice formation at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference later this year, I thought now would be a good time to provide some useful pointers to veterinarians planning to set up shop in the near future.
AAHA publications discuss practice start-up, operation
Denver, Colo. — The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has released two publications as part of the Practice Management Solution Series to help assist those interested in practice start-up or purchase.
Examine costs, stick to budget to ensure fiscal heatlh
By Mark E. Battersby
It's good to know the true 'cost' of money, and what every aspect of every service is costing you.
Small Animal
A world without animals
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
It's an important day in the life of every veterinarian. Do you remember your day? Put yourself back in time: It's graduation day.
Oncology: An ounce of surgical planning worth a pound of long-term treatment
By Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
It is well known that the first attempt at surgery is the one most likely to provide control and/or "cure" of the tumor.
Cesarean section in dogs: indications, techniques
By Jill Sammarco BvSc, MRCVS, DACVS , Anthony Kahn
Acesarean section (hysterotomy) is scheduled or performed on an emergency basis.
UC-Davis opens pet-nutrition program
San Diego, Calif. – The WALTHAM UC Veterinary Medical Center – San Diego Clinical Nutrition Program is now open to provide pets, clients and DVMs with a new resource for veterinary health — nutritional treatment for ill or overweight pets.
Obesity still a top health threat to pets
By Stephanie Skernivitz
C.A. Tony Buffington, professor of veterinary sciences at The Ohio State University, shares his thoughts on nutrition issues facing pets.
How pets get fleas
By Michael W. Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD
"The biggest myth that we deal with is that most people believe their dog or cat got fleas from direct contact with another pet.
Cytologic, histopathologic confirmation remains mainstay of diagnosis
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Q Please review laboratory diagnosis of systemic mycoses and toxoplasmosis.
Equine
Virginia Tech equine medical center offers new gait-analysis system
The technology will help many patients, but will be of particular benefit to athletic horses.
Prof leaving OSU to join Rood and Riddle
Columbus, Ohio — Dr. Stephen Reed, Bud and Marilyn Jenne Professor in Equine Clinical Sciences and Research, announced his retirement from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine after 25 years.
Virginia equine hospital reopens after costly quarantine
By James M. Lewis
Leesburg, Va. — Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center resumed full operations, including inpatient and emergency care, after a quarantine of nearly six weeks, imposed by the Virginia State Veterinarian's Office, was lifted April 2.
MRLS: Reasonable control' strategies urged to guard against caterpillar threat
By Ed Kane, PhD
There are no signs this Spring of widespread high populations of eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) – the insect linked to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) – but horse farms still should take precautionary measures, says Lee Townsend, PhD, entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
NRC panel updates Nutrient Requirements for Horses
By Ed Kane, PhD
The computer program helps determine nutrient requirements and formulate rations for various classes needed.
Liver disease in the horse: clinical signs and diagnostic aids
By Michelle Henry Barton, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
The clinical signs of hepatic insufficiency in horses are highly variable, nonspecific and depend on the extent and duration of hepatic disease.
Food Animal
Melamine traced to hog farm
Ceres, Calif. — State officials quarantined a Stanislaus County hog farm after finding melamine traces in the urine of animals. The compound was identified as a contaminate in the ongoing national pet-food recall.
AASV names new leaders, award winners
Orlando, Fla. — The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) installed DVMs Daryl Olsen and Rodney Baker as the organization's new president and vice president, respectively, at its annual meeting.
Grains for fuel: The economic impact to dairies already felt
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
The image of the pebble cast into the pond sending a ring of small waves in all directions is indicative of the impact that rising energy costs have had on all facets of our society.
New Products
New products
The PetSafe Micro I.D.â„¢ Rescue Collar can be worn as an everyday dog or cat collar, but its built-in USB flash drive stores all of the pet's personal data. If the pet becomes lost, the flash drive can be plugged into any computer with a USB port to identify the pet.
Merial receives conditional license for first cancer vaccine
Duluth, Ga. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the first conditional license for a cancer therapeutic vaccine from Merial Ltd.
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