DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2007 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2007
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Calif. High court rejects anti-declaw challenge
By Jennifer Fiala
San Francisco —Attorneys with the California State Department of Consumer Affairs want to put a legislative stopper on West Hollywood's anti-declaw law, cemented last month by the state Supreme Court's refusal to hear a challenge to the ban.
DVMs, volunteers aid evacuees following California fires
By Krista Schultz
San Diego — Wind-whipped wildfires drove Southern California residents from a cluster of "horse-loving" communities, leaving veterinarians and volunteers to care for thousands of animals left behind.
AAHA develping unified diagnostic code to improve care
By Krista Schultz
Denver, Colo. — To help veterinarians track disease and client health-care compliance, standardized diagnostic terms are under development by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Tougher rules sought on informed consent
By Jennifer Fiala
MADISON, WIS. — Wisconsin veterinarians are railing against plans to implement what is being billed "the most restrictive informed-consent law in the United States."
Mass. DVMs included in identity-theft scare
By Krista Schultz
Boston — Veterinarians in Massachusetts were snared in the latest identity-theft scare involving some 450,000 licensed professionals.
Smash & grab burglars target flea, tick products
Sacramento, Calif. — For the second year in a row, thieves hit Dr. Katie True's Midtown Animal Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. Roughly $4,000 worth of medication was stolen during a September break-in.
Governor pledges $500,000 to ease rural vet shortage
By Jennifer Fiala
Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation at press time to create the Large Animal Veterinary Student Loan Program and wants to earmark $500,000 to pay for it.
AVMA to release report on pet demographics
Schaumburg, Ill. —The American Veterinary Medical Association plans to release its latest U.S. pet ownership and demographics study by year's end.
Getting into the zone
By Krista Schultz
National Report — Getting your practice, or what you hope to be a future practice, properly zoned can be a nightmare — but it doesn't have to be.
A consumer claims victory in S.C.
By Krista Schultz
National Report — Consumers chalked up another victory in the battle of the public's right to know vs. a veterinarian's right to privacy.
Research links oral, heart disease in dogs
West Lafayette, Ind. — Preliminary research shows a correlation between periodontal disease and heart disease in dogs, according to a Purdue University researcher who's mining Banfield, The Pet Hospital data on 200,000 patients.
The costs of care
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Client expectations have increased over the last two years, according to 80 percent of veterinarians surveyed.
Charges dropped, but practitioner is 'DVM No More'
By James M. Lewis
The emotional cost of defending oneself in a state-board investigation sometimes runs deep.
Ultimate authority
By Jennifer Fiala
Boston — It's a surprise when Alan Van Tassel comes to visit. He drops by unannounced during business hours, makes a quick introduction and starts poring over a seven-point inspection checklist.
Researchers to unleash shelter report
Raleigh, N.C. — Researchers are working on a comprehensive study concerning shelter animals, collecting data from four U.S. regions to garner statistics on animal intakes and the people relinquishing them.
Complaint filing, free; notification, 41 cents; impact, immeasurable
By Krista Schultz
National Report — A veterinarian seeking to protect his or her reputation and practice may be forced to battle an unlikely nemesis — the mailman.
Proposed amendment aimed at 'a few bad apples'
By Krista Schultz
Charleston, S.C. — An independent consumer-rights advocate is pushing for a change to state law that would allow veterinarians to face criminal charges for animal abuse and mistreatment.
Defending a state-board action has far-reaching costs
By James M. Lewis
Are you facing a state-board inquiry? Think you can handle it alone?
Wanted: executive director, WVMA
Madison, Wis. — The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) soon plans to accept resumes for executive director.
Handwritten thank-you notes just what the doctor ordered
By David Richards
It has been said that 69 percent of customers leave a business because of indifference. When clients perceive that the practice does not care about them, their loyalty is diminished.
Is your communication readiness at DEFCON 1?
In calming an irate client, remember your tone and goal. Keep your tone normal when talking to the client and your body relaxed. Always remember that your goal should be to listen to their needs and try to meet them when appropriate.
Here come the reporters: What are you going to say?
By James M. Lewis
It started as a payment issue — something common and relatively minor — but by the time it ended the board-certified veterinary surgeon felt so much heat from the media he closed his practice and left town.
Texas board wins hearing against lay dentists
Austin, Texas — A consortium of lay equine dentists and their clients lost the first round of legal battles with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME).
Business
Better management techniques are the cure for economic doldrums
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
I hear from 20 or more veterinarians every day, most of whom want to tell me about the economic downturn in their area and the fact that clients just are not coming in as frequently, so their revenues are down.
Defeating complacency: The practice killer
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Complacency is a terrible disease.
Wanted: cooperation, please
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
Last night I received a phone call from the doctor who provides routine veterinary services to a dairy herd where I do the ration balancing. This herd is experiencing some problems with fresh cows, and the doctor performed some blood testing in an attempt to obtain clues regarding the cause of these problems. The blood work revealed moderately low albumin levels in most of the six dry cows he tested. This suggests low protein intake.
Whom do you trust
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
When the average person thinks about a "trust fund," he envisions Paris Hilton or some filthy-rich kid from college days who wouldn't recognize a hard day's work if it bit him.
Negotiate a line of credit before terms get tougher
By Mark E. Battersby
With business loans becoming harder to obtain, many DVMs are turning to community banks.
Small Animal
Analgesics for oral surgery in dogs and cats
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Six of the most common agents used for managing pain associated with oral surgery in dogs and cats will be discussed in this third article of a series on pain management. They are the opioids (opiates), the Cox-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), the 5-Lox selective NSAIDs, the alpha-2 agonists, the NMDA-receptor antagonists and the serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.
Tough ticks
Beltsville, Md. — When he found a live Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) on the agitator of his washing machine, entomologist John Carroll, of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, decided to find out how tough ticks really are.
The use of metronomic chemotherapy in dogs
By Mona Rosenberg
While this was a relatively small study (nine dogs were treated with LDC), this paper suggests that LDC may be an effective alternative to MTD chemotherapy in dogs with hemangiosarcoma.
Nutrition mainstay to success
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
IBD is a chronic, idiopathic disease of the intestinal tract that has no identifiable cause.
Equine
Experts push for greater EVA awareness, regulations
By Ed Kane, PhD
Outbreaks of equine viral arteritis (EVA) are infrequent in the United States but, because a large percentage of the equine population is susceptible, several leading experts continue to push for improved awareness and protective measures.
MRSA infections a growing concern in equine medicine
By James M. Lewis
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) poses a greater risk to equine veterinarians and to other people who work with horses than to the general population, a recent report suggests.
Mississippi reports uptick in EEE, WNV cases
Jackson, Miss. — Cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) are up sharply in Mississippi this year, with EEE cases already more than double the 2006 totals, according to State Veterinarian Jim Watson, DVM.
Identifying nephrotoxic plants, and how to minimize poisoning
By Bryan Stegelmeier, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Red-maple hybrids should be considered toxic until proven otherwise.
Food Animal
Local anesthesia in cattle
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Food-animal practitioners commonly perform local-anesthetic techniques due to the dangers associated with general anesthesia. Local anesthetic techniques usually are simple, cheap and have relatively few side effects. Unless otherwise stated, "local anesthetic agent" refers to lidocaine or carbocaine. It is preferable to clip the hair and perform a surgical prep of the site before anesthetic agents are injected, particularly those injected deep into tissues.
Humor
The healing power of laughter
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The clinical investigation team comprising our Nephrology/Urology Center meets daily to discuss progress, address problems and make plans.
A DVM by any other name would smell as sweet
Do you remember the things during childhood that made your father special? Perhaps it was the sound of his voice whispering goodnight, the way his footsteps sounded across the floor as he approached your room or the look on his face that meant you'd better straighten up.
Commentary
Communicate first, discipline second
By James Wilson
As various associations adopt guidelines or standards of care for the practice of veterinary medicine, a concern exists that they will be interpreted as current standards of practice by state regulatory boards and the attorneys general who represent them before they have been accepted by the masses.
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