DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2008
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Economic emergency
By Jennifer Fiala
Tbensalem, pa. — Dr. John Rossi questions his decision to become a veterinarian.
Rehabilitation DVMs form association
Twin Cities, Minn. — About 40 veterinarians working in animal rehabilitation created a new organization and set up an annual meeting.
McKeeby joins AVMA
Washington— Eric M. McKeeby was named communications manager for the American Veterinary Medical Association's Governmental Relations Division.
Feline decline
By Krista Schultz
Palm Springs, Calif. — The creation of cat-care guidelines for veterinarians and pet owners is the first in a series of steps aimed to reverse the trend of decreasing feline veterinary visits at a time of increasing cat ownership.
In the public eye
By Daniel R. Verdon
Rockville, Md. — She wants to build collaborations, share ideas in a transparent system with one over-arching ethos: ensure public health.
Animal -abuse scandal triggers largest meat recall in history
By Jennifer Fiala
Chino, Calif. — A California meat company recalled 143 million pounds of beef last month in response to animal-abuse allegations that center on purported efforts to sneak sick and injured cattle into the U.S. food system.
Tick-borne diseases march into all 50 states, survey says
Orlando, Fla — A new survey shows that tick populations are not only increasing in number but tick-borne diseases are showing up in every state in the country.
DVM Newsmakers' Summit to probe consumer psyche
Cleveland — Last fall, DVM Newsmagazine documented that complaints against veterinarians are on the rise. And now the magazine has assembled a diverse panel of thought-leaders to discuss why.
DVM sues shelter for breach of law, client privacy
By Krista Schultz
Fort Walton Beach, Fla. — A Florida veterinarian is refusing to hand over his clients' rabies vaccination data, arguing his county's interpretation of a state statute is violating patient privacy and medical confidentiality.
DA files criminal charges in slaughterhouse case
San Bernardino, Calif. — A judge issued warrants last month for two California slaughterhouse workers accused of abusing sick and injured cattle.
Dogs get more love, veterinary care than cats, study says
Schaumburg, Ill. — Cats get significantly less attention and veterinary medical care from their owners than dogs, according to a new study that offers statistics proving the discrepancy and looks into the reasons for it.
Postponed again
Colorado veterinary leaders plan to testify against H.B. 1308 that, if passed, would allow pet owners to recover loss of companionship damages.
3 firms, executives indicted in pet-food recall
By James M. Lewis
Kansas City, Mo. — A federal grand jury indicted two Chinese firms, an American firm and their principals on multiple counts related to tainted pet foods that sickened or killed perhaps thousands of pets last year and triggered the largest pet-food recall in the nation's history.
In search of the seventh summit
By Daniel R. Verdon
Two hundred climbers perished before him.
Regulators ordered to pay veterinarian's legal fees
By Jennifer Fiala
Seneca, Pa. — It's taken six years for Dr. James Nelson to win what he considers vindication against the regulatory board he claims marred his reputation.
Grant supports surgery-free pet-sterilization research
Portland, Ore. — Focus on developing a surgery-free pet-sterilization method will continue with the help of a $25,000 grant from the American Humane Association (AHA).
AAEP to tour Mexican slaughter plants
By Jennifer Fiala
Lexington, Ky. — Four American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) leaders want to visit Mexican horse-slaughter plants following widespread reports of equine abuse and inhumane euthanasia.
Reporting suspected animal abuse getting easier, experts say
By Yasmin Tara Rammohan
It's clearly a trend: The nation is cracking down on animal cruelty.
Final rule issued against Seemann
By Jennifer Fiala
Twin Cities, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine (MBVM) wants Dr. Carl Seemann to pay nearly $40,000 in administrative penalties and fees and complete a list of directives in order to regain his license to practice.
Bayer leader co-chairs Kansas Innovation Consortium
Shawnee, Kan. — Joerg Ohle, president and general manager of Bayer Animal Health, accepted an invitation from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to co-chair the Kansas Innovation Consortium, a new initiative aimed at stimulating economic growth in Kansas.
Necropsy accident fatal to DVM
Jackson Hole, Wyo. — A veterinarian died after accidentally slicing himself with a surgical tool while performing a necropsy on an equine patient.
IVMA neutral on state fee for pharmaceutical firms
By Krista Schultz
Kuna, Idaho — Estimates of how much revenue the state might receive from a proposed annual fee for veterinary pharmaceutical firms in Idaho could be inflated by as much as double, according to the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), which is taking a neutral stand on the measure.
Construction starts on CSU's $42 million diagnostic center
Fort Collins, Colo.— Colorado State University is building a 90,000-square-foot building to house its veterinary diagnostic laboratory, clinical pathology laboratory, Animal Population Health Institute and extension veterinarian.
Crouch to head biomedical sciences program at Texas A&M
College Station, Texas — Dr. Elizabeth Merriam Crouch is the new director of Texas A&M University's Biomedical Sciences program, the first woman to lead the program in its 30-year history.
CVMA insurance broker to offer health coverage
Sacramento, Calif. — The California Veterinary Medical Association's (CVMA) Veterinary Insurance Service Co. (VISC) plans to roll out individual and small-group health-care coverage by April.
Banfield names Faunt CMO
Portland, Ore. — Karen M. Faunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, was appointed vice president/chief medical officer for Banfield, The Pet Hospital.
Humor
Proof that there's variation within the species
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Mrs. Dizzy is one of my best clients. However, when you first meet her it doesn't take long to figure out that she doesn't have both oars in the water. Each and every office visit with her is a bit time-consuming because explanations must be simplified and then repeated several times. We don't mind. She's cooperative, loves her pets and, most important of all, pays her bills. (Everyone can't be a rocket scientist, you know.)
7 client personalities who will give you a run for your money
I've been a veterinarian almost 18 years, but must admit I still haven't entirely figured out clients. I went to veterinary school to learn how to treat animals. Until I started practicing, I hadn't stopped to consider that every animal comes with an owner attached, and that these owners — not the animals — are the real challenge.
Small Animal
Surgery STAT: Congenital portosystemic shunts
By Karen M. Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS
Congenital portosystemic shunts usually are single vessels that develop inside or outside the liver (Photo 1). Because these vessels carry blood around the liver instead of through it, the normal hepatic processes of metabolism, storage and production are disrupted.
Applying 6 time-honored axioms to treatment
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
What would you think if you walked into a gun club and observed someone taking target practice with a pistol? Would you look for some sort of target? What if you did not see a target, but instead the individual seemed to be shooting at random?
Diagnostic Imaging: Skin mass or pulmonary nodule
By Allison Zwingenberger, DVM, DACVR, DECVDI
Thoracic radiographs for metastatic disease are part of every day practice. A diagnosis of pulmonary nodules has an important effect on treatment decisions, and some radiographs are difficult to interpret.
New anticonvulsant drugs show promise in dogs, cats
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Q: Please review management of refractory seizure activity in dogs and cats.
New anticonvulsant drugs show promise in dogs, cats
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. C.W. Dewey gave an excellent lecture at the 2007 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum on ?Recent and Upcoming Developments with the New Anticonvulsant Drugs.?
Equine
AAEP updates equine vaccination guidelines
By Krista Schultz
Lexington, Ky. — Revised equine vaccination guidelines — updated by an American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) committee — reflect new attitudes on infectious diseases, core vaccinations and recent technology.
Epidemic down under
By Linda Marie Wetzel
Gainesville, Fla. — As government restrictions ease in Australia following a massive outbreak of equine influenza last August, officials are still investigating the cause of the outbreak.
Exercises to help prevent injuries, extend your career
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Dr. H, a recent graduate, was attending the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting in Orlando, Fla., this past December. While standing in the convention-center lobby waiting for a lecture to begin, he noticed three older veterinarians over in a nearby corner engaged in serious discussion. He recognized all three as leading lameness experts and well-respected practitioners.
Funds started in Barbaro's memory still growing
By James M. Lewis
Kennett Square, Pa. — The Barbaro Fund and the Fund for Laminitis Research, both established a year ago after the death of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, grew substantially with recent gifts and pledges, according to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine.
AAEP calls for papers for convention presentations
Lexington, Ky. — Members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and others wishing to submit scientific papers, "how-to" papers and review papers for possible presentation at this year's AAEP convention have until March 14 to submit them online for consideration.
Texas educator wins equine research award
College Station, Texas — Dr. Noah Cohen, professor of large-animal clinical sciences at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, received the 2008 Schering-Plough Animal Health Applied Equine Research Award at the 10th World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) congress in Moscow, Russia.
Food Animal
Preventing bovine anaplasmosis
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Anaplasmosis is endemic in many parts of the country, causing significant economic losses to beef and dairy industries.
Biosecurity: A value-added service
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
"We expanded two years ago and added 500 cows."
Researchers ID swine flu with avian influenza genes
By Jennifer Fiala
Ames, Iowa — Scientists have discovered a new subtype of influenza virus in swine that has not previously been recovered from mammals.
Business
Long-term care insurance: details decisions and dollars
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
This month I complete a two-part column discussing an expense that many of us put so far on the back burner it's probably on a hot plate in the shed behind your clinic.
Ignore a tax deduction? Sometimes it makes sense
By Mark E. Battersby
Why would any veterinarian ignore perfectly good, legitimate deductions at tax-filing time?
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