DVM360 MAGAZINE, Dec 1, 2007 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Dec 1, 2007
Small Animal
Your guide to managing acute renal failure
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Q How do you manage acute renal failure?
When emergencies strike, are you ready?
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Recognized as a pioneer in small-animal emergency and critical-care medicine, Rebecca Kirby, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, offers advice to practitioners on handling emergency situations. She sat down with DVM Newsmagazine for a recent Q/A session.
Apocrine gland adenocarcinoma of the anal sac: Catch it early to improve prognosis
By Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Although anal-sac tumors make up only 2 percent of all cutaneous neoplasms in dogs, they comprise a significant portion of the referrals to veterinary surgeons and oncologists.
Quantitative urolith analysis: A standard of practice?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Jody P. Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
A quarter-century ago, analysis of uroliths removed (usually by surgery) was optional. In fact, rather than have the stones analyzed, some veterinary practitioners gave them to their clients as a topic of conversation. What about today? Is it an acceptable standard of practice to give stones retrieved from the urinary tract to owners without knowing their composition? What would be your response to a physician who gave you stones retrieved from your urinary tract? Believe it or not, we have received uroliths for analysis formed by our veterinary colleagues that were given to them by a physician. Of course, we did not perform the requested analysis because we did not want to cross the line of practicing medicine without a license. Instead, we sent them to a laboratory licensed to provide that service.
Equine
Molecular biologist joins faculty at Va. Tech equine center
Leesburg, Va. — Dr. Jennifer G. Barrett joined Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center as an assistant professor of equine surgery.
Tragedy on the track
By Ed Kane, PhD , James M. Lewis
OCEANPORT, N.J. — When an equine injury or death occurs at a racetrack, especially during a high-profile event like the Breeders' Cup Championships, accurate reporting of health-status issues to the public is critical — perhaps as important as dealing with the injury itself, says one of the nation's leading equine veterinarians.
Auction of saddle to benefit Texas A&M equine program
College Station, Texas — A horse owner whose mare was treated at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biological Sciences decided to show his appreciation in a unique way.
Humor
Just doing his job, and getting a kick out of it
People I meet often believe that, because I completed veterinary school, I should know everything about every animal that God created. News flash: It isn't so.
An outbreak of client sanity could be disastrous
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
It was Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. Because of a raging snowstorm, appointments were being cancelled left and right. With the slow schedule, I was entertaining thoughts of enjoying a second jelly doughnut. Unfortunately, a telephone call interrupted me.
Business
A Christmas Carole
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Dr. Eb Rouge sat at his desk sorting his mail and bills. His habit was to have an ongoing conversation with himself.
Wake up now to the realities of long-term care insurance
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
I don't want you to go broke. And I want to teach you how to avoid it now and through your eventual retirement.
Hire a manager to improve profits and sanity
By Krista Schultz
Alachua, Fla. — Veterinarians could be losing tens of thousands of dollars each year by leaving one clinic position unfilled — practice manager.
News
No pain, no gain
By Jennifer Fiala
Minneapolis — Dr. Carl Seemann plans to appeal an administrative law judge's ruling that backs state regulators' efforts to suspend his license for not administering drugs to manage a surgical patient's pain.
DVMs help birds caught in oil spill
San Francisco Bay's worst oil spill in nearly two decades claimed the lives of at least 100 birds. Veterinarians and staff at a local wildlife center are treating hundreds more.
AAFP to host summit on declining feline visits
Austin, Texas — The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) plans to launch what's tentatively titled The Catalyst Summit, an invitation-only conference charged with exploring how to reverse the trend of decreasing feline visits among practices while ownership rises nationally.
DVM to become Louisiana commissioner of agriculture
Baton Rouge, La. — State Rep. Mike Strain will become Louisiana's agriculture and forestry commissioner on Jan. 14.
Wisconsin board drops mandate on informed consent
By Jennifer Fiala
The Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board (WVEB) dumped a proposal to implement an informed-consent law panned by critics as the "most restrictive" version established in the United States.
UGA receives grant for rabies vaccine study
Athens, Ga. — The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine received a $1.18 million grant to develop rabies-virus vaccinations.
100th transplant saves 2 lives
Philadelphia — Dr. Lillian R. Aronson made the record books, at least at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mediation ends mudslinging
By Jennifer Fiala
Gag order issued in disgruntled equine surgeon's settlement against veterinary college
Feline DNA sequenced
By Krista Schultz
Frederick, Md. — Two years of scientific collaboration yields a nearly complete decoding of the feline genome, a step that will aid in the continued fight against both cat and human diseases.
Unseen enemy
By James M. Lewis
For any veterinary practice, maintaining good hygienic standards these days is much more than just a good idea.
Drought having minimal effect on DVMs - so far
Atlanta — The Southeast's worst drought in more than a century seems to have caused few problems so far for veterinary hospitals, other than some browned-out lawns.
Waging war on cancer
Baton Rouge, La. — Herpes virus is the next recruit in the war on cancer.
Faux joints created for study of arthritis
By Krista Schultz
Columbia, Mo. — University of Missouri researchers have developed an in vitro joint model that replaces laboratory animals, cuts costs and improves safety when studying human and canine arthritis.
Facing tragedy
By Krista Schultz
Springdale, Pa. — "Thick, black smoke blinded me," recounts Mark Jasmine, DVM, of his last desperate attempt to save his burning clinic. He escaped only with his family and two patients.
New lab to study influenza viruses
Madison, Wis. — A new $12.5 million University of Wisconsin (UW) facility slated to open next spring will focus on the study of influenza viruses to better understand the disease and possibly help prevent a future avian-flu pandemic. The two-story, 27,000 square-foot Institute for Influenza Viral Research initially will house 24 employees and grow to 35 when fully staffed, says Daryl Buss, DVM, PhD and dean of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine.
Colorado veterinarians consider welfare principles
Denver — Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) leaders plan to gather soon to consider enacting broad-based ani mal-welfare principles. The draft prin ciples, developed by a task force earlier this year, are not species-specific, officials say. n
Law protects DVMs who report suspected abuse
Raleigh, N.C. — A newly enacted state law allows veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse without fear of retaliatory lawsuits.
CVMA confers with physical therapists on practice rules
Denver — The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) met with the state's physical-therapy board to debate formal rules under a new statute that allows licensed therapists to work on animals if a veterinarian approves. Both groups are governed by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, which drafted the rules and will implement them.
Alberta veterinary school to open next year
After taking two key steps toward gaining full accreditation, the University of Calgary veterinary school can open its doors next fall to an inaugural class of students.
Inside the KC Corridor
By Daniel R. Verdon
Kansas City— Luring three companies and a trade association, the KC Animal Health Corridor says it's poised to make even deeper tracks into the market next year.
Meniscal fixation device to aid healing
Columbia, Mo. — A new orthopedic device co-developed and tested at the University of Missouri's (MU) veterinary school received Food and Drug Administration approval for the human market.
The new face of disaster response
By Jennifer Fiala
SURPRISE, ARIZ. - Four years of patience and politics have paid off in what Dr. Lorna Lanman calls "vindication." The one-time Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) member whose unit was expelled by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2003, is now reinstated by the federal government.
AVMA redrafts informed consent
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association replaced its "informed consent" policy last month to safeguard the profession from a guardianship distinction tied to human health care.
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