DVM360 MAGAZINE, Feb 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Feb 1, 2008
Small Animal
The 'rest' of the story
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
For most of the country, the wind blows and the snow swirls. It is not quite foaling season, too early for breeding and, except for those clients chasing points and heading to warmer weather competitions, things are relatively quiet for most equine practitioners.
Causes, management of osteosarcoma bone pain
By Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Osteosarcoma is a common cancer to see in larger, middle-aged to older dogs. One of the challenges in treating these patients is pain management. Amputation effectively relieves bone pain and is the standard of care for patients, but may not be an option for all dogs.
Surgery STAT
By Karen M. Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS
Congenital portosystemic shunts (PSS) occur in 0.18 percent of all dogs, and are particularly common in Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese dogs, Pugs, Schnauzers and Shih Tzus.
Treatment of canine sepsis: First identify, eradicate the cause
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Please review management of sepsis in dogs.
Do you have a healing touch?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Would you accept the hand-washing protocol at your hospital if you were the patient?
Breed-specific variations of cardiomyopathy in dogs
By Carl D. Sammarco, BvSc, MRCVS, DACVIM
Cardiomyopathy in dogs encompasses a wide spectrum of diseases, ranging from systolic and diastolic dysfunction to various arrhythmias.
Study links cat parasite to risk of schizophrenia
By James M. Lewis
National Report — A new study suggesting a link between infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite commonly carried by pet cats, and schizophrenia may offer new hope and lead to possible treatments for the roughly 2 million Americans who suffer from the mental disorder, researchers say.
Ultrasound of arterial and venous thrombosis
By Allison Zwingenberger, DVM, DACVR, DECVDI
Thrombosis is a complication of many diseases in veterinary medicine.
Equine
Helping horses survive traumatic brain injury
By Ed Kane, PhD
A chief concern with any trauma that causes frontal or poll injury is possible damage to the central nervous system.
DVM joins equine center staff
Leesburg, Va. — M. Norris Adams, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, joined Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center as a clinical assistant professor in equine lameness and surgery, focusing on elective orthopedic procedures.
ASPCA triples its Equine Fund grants in 2007
New York — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) handed out more than $365,000 to benefit horses last year, in the form of 57 equine grants in 31 states.
A guide to differential diagnosis of arrhythmias in horses
By Michelle Henry Barton, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
It would be highly unusual for clinically significant cardiac disease to be present in a horse without a change in the heart rate, rhythm or the presence of a murmur.
News; Small animal news
Bulldog back on club's Top 10 list after 75 years; Lab still No. 1
New York — The Labrador Retriever held onto its position as the nation's most popular purebred dog in the American Kennel Club's annual ranking of the 157 breeds it recognizes. It's been No. 1 every year since 1991.
Business
Set fees objectively, with simple algebra
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Quicksand fees will sink a practice.
Protect your office from sexual harassment
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Sexual harassment in a small-business setting tends to present differently than in a towering office-building in corporate America.
Medical error and liability: A changing legal landscape
By James F. Wilson, DVM, JD , John A. Rossi, AB, VMD
The commission of errors is an unavoidable part of human existence. While errors might be as benign as misplacing car keys, their existence in the medical arena might be disastrous, causing injury or death.
It's tax season: Are you up to speed one-filing?
By Mark E. Battersby
The Internal Revenue Service is trying hard to convince everyone to file income-tax returns electronically.
The 2 management keys most often neglected
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
A man flying in a hot-air balloon realized he was lost. Reducing altitude, he spotted a fellow on the ground and descended to shouting range.
Humor
Two heads better than one? Not this time
Finally, during the second round, the leg popped out. I started celebrating like I'd just won a gold medal.
News
Atlanta: Practicing in the No. 1 hot spot
By James M. Lewis
Atlanta — If this southern metropolis keeps growing the way it has the last few years, "we'll soon be calling Chattanooga a suburb," says veterinarian Nicholas W. Petty, who has practiced in the Buckhead area near downtown Atlanta since 1976.
Leaders testify at House hearing
Washington — Key veterinary officials testified Jan. 23, in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to discuss implementation of the Veterinary Public Health Workforce Expansion Act.
5 bad scams
By Jennifer Fiala
Los Gatos, Calif. — Plain-clothes police entered Dr. Ian Stone's practice the morning of his office's Christmas party, quietly identified a receptionist and arrested her in front of the entire staff.To the small-animal veterinarian's surprise, the receptionist was accused of stealing clients' credit-card information, which she allegedly forwarded to a boyfriend who was racking up bills totaling an estimated $400,000.

Dunham takes key post at FDA
Rockville, MD.— Dr. Bernadette Dunham was named director of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine.
Raising the bar?
By Krista Schultz
Lakewood, Colo. — The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) will begin accrediting referral hospitals next month, a move encouraged by some but deemed unnecessary by other industry insiders.
Board: Treat trauma cases, regardless
By Jennifer Fiala
Harrisburg, Pa. — Emergency practitioners plan to weigh in on a draft mandate by Pennsylvania regulators that orders licensees to treat or euthanize animals in trauma situations regardless of any financial considerations.
Veterinarian loses clinic in fire
Toronto, Canada — A malfunctioning dryer caused an animal-clinic fire that killed five dogs; 11 other pets escaped.
Money is no object, until you ask for it
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Sometimes this gift of prophecy seems like a curse.
AVMA buys island
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association wants to have a real presence in a pretend world.
AVMA partnership promotes obesity awareness
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. launched an outreach program targeting pet obesity.
VNN names 6 new board members
Denver — The Veterinary News Network (VNN) added six new board members. They are:
AVMA implements strategic plan
By Jennifer Fiala
Leaders narrow association's direction to five key areas
AVMA hires professional lobbying firm
Washington In a move designed to "open doors for the American Veterinary Medical Association, group leaders hired American Capitol Group to push the group Washington agenda.
If these walls could talk
By James M. Lewis
Sandusky, Ohio — When you first approach it, there's nothing especially remarkable about the one-story white concrete building with the black-lettered sign "Animal Hospital" over the entrance.
Farm bill moves up political food chain
Washington — Leaders in veterinary medicine are lobbying for several amendments in the Senate's version of the farm bill to remain intact.
College gets $146,000 grant to help its VT program, construct new center
Newton, Mass. The 2008 federal budget includes a $146,000 grant to Mount Ida College to help the School of Animal Science there expand its veterinary-technology program with construction of a new Center for Veterinary Technology.
AVMA's Hammer to testify before lawmakers
Washington — The American Veterinary Medical Association's president was to testify Feb. 7 before a House committee concerning the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA).
AAHA again looking at insurance program
Denver, Colo. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is in the discovery phase for the second time; of developing a nationwide group health-insurance plan.
AVMA calls for PAC donations
By Jennifer Fiala
2.7 percent of association members contributed $256,948, officials report
AVMA calls for Bustad nominations
Schaumburg, ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association seeks nominations for the 2008 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award.
AVMA relaunches grass-roots network
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association kicks off the Congressional Action Network, a re-launch of what previously was known as the Congressional Advocacy Network.
Dogs' owner gets 90 days in DVM mauling case
Vista, Calif. — While an equine DVM mauled by dogs in late 2006 is left with lifelong scars, the dogs' owner received only a 90-day punishment.
Researchers try molecular technique to improve vaccines
Ames, Iowa— A team of Iowa State University (ISU) researchers is evaluating a new method to improve vaccines, limit dose size and frequency of administration.
APHIS plan available to public
Washington, D.C. — A plan to advance animal-disease traceability, authored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is being released to the public for review and comment before implementation is considered.
GHLIT makes network switch
Schaumburg, ill. The American Veterinary Medical Association's Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT) replaced its PPO network First Health/Coventry with Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA). At the same time, ActiveHealth Management, also an Aetna company, assumed responsibility for the utilization review certification required for inpatient stays.
Method for containing zoonotic viruses shows promise
National Report — Scientists are testing a method of blocking two large-animal viruses — both considered potential bioterrorism agents — from infecting humans, by using an "entry inhibitor" approach.
AVMA reports financial windfall
Schaumburg, Ill. — American Veterinary Medical Association Treasurer Dr. Bret Marsh expects the group's income over expenses to exceed $1.5 million for 2007, far surpassing the $61,000 originally anticipated.
TVMA calls for oversight of lay practitioners
By Krista Schultz
Austin, Tex. — The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) petitioned the state board to regulate lay practitioners. The petition calls for changes to the state practice act.
Delegates push to create proactive policy
By Jennifer Fiala
House members explore their significance in AVMA's governance structure
Union no more
By Krista Schultz
Whitehall, PA.— An emergency hospital's employee union disbanded and back pay was awarded to those who joined a picket line against management, settling a ground-breaking case of organized labor in veterinary medicine.
PLIT raises premiums
Schaumburg, Ill. Annual primary premiums for the Professional Liability and Insurance Trust (PLIT)-sponsored liability insurance program increased 5 percent for the 2008 policy year.
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