DVM360 MAGAZINE, Apr 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Apr 1, 2008
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Kansas bill calls for study of veterinary 'drug shopping'
By Krista Schultz
Topeka, Kan. — An unprecedented study about drug shopping and "doc-hopping" in veterinary medicine hinges on the passage of a pending Kansas bill aimed at tighter prescription oversight.
CVMA backs move to counter declaw ban
By Jennifer Fiala
Sacramento, Calif. — West Hollywood City Council promises to fight California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)-backed legislation that would bar local governments from criminalizing state regulated and sanctioned procedures.
Power play: CVMA aims to reel in board authority; rebuttal planned
By Jennifer Fiala
Sacramento, Calif. — Longstanding disputes between the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB) came to a head last month, with the introduction of a bill designed to curb the power of regulators.
Connecticut considers ban on cat declaws
By Jennifer Fiala
Hartford, Conn. — Veterinary medicine's leaders oppose a bill that seeks to outlaw non-therapeutic cat declawing in Connecticut and strip the licenses of DVMs caught violating the ban.
Animal relinquishments climb with housing forclosures
By Krista Schultz , Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Real-estate foreclosures for February were up nearly 60 percent from the same period a year ago, and pet relinquishments aren't far behind, officials report.
Surviving a weak economy
By Gary Cohen
There's an old axiom in the veterinary profession that the field essentially is recession-proof.
Florida to post licensee records on Google
Tallahassee, Fla. — A deal between Florida officials and Google Inc. soon will allow the public easy access to licensee records in all state-regulated professions, including veterinary medicine.
Oregon requires increased DVM ID protection
Portland, Ore. — A new Oregon law requires practice owners, among others, to develop, implement and maintain reasonable safeguards to ensure the security, confidentiality and integrity of sensitive personal information.
Strolling amid the stars
By James M. Lewis
Veterinarian Richard M. Linnehan went out for a walk the other evening. Make that way, way out -- as in outer space, 200 miles above the Earth. Better known to the world as a veteran astronaut than a DVM, Linnehan was the lead spacewalker on the U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour in March.

Photo: Courtesy of NASA

Florida board clarifies rule on microchip procedure
By Krista Schultz
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — The Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine clarified that DVMs must be present during microchipping, despite strong opposition from shelter representatives.
Indiana considering practice-act update
Indianapolis — Indiana lawmakers are seeking to alter the definitions of patient, indirect and direct supervision and registered veterinary technician, among others terms in the state's Veterinary Practice Act.
Don't mess with Texas
By Krista Schultz
Dallas — Far from television characterizations as a city filled with cowboy hats, bolero ties and society debutantes, the reality is that the Dallas area is economically strong, with a thriving job market and stable housing.
Liability stripped from Colorado bill; focus shifts to rabies control
By Krista Schultz
Denver, Co. — A stalled state bill moved ahead after a provision was removed allowing pet owners to seek non-economic damages against veterinarians.
Virginia sees 25-year rabies high
Richmond, Va. — Reported cases of animal rabies in the state have spiked to their highest number since 1982, according to Virginia health officials.
LSU teams with shelters
Baton Rouge, La. — Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine launched a program that trains students in underserved area animal shelters.
Veterinary researchers seek cause of Wyoming elk poisonings
Cheyenne, Wyo. — Veterinary researchers at the University of Wyoming are working with the state's Game and Fish Department (G&F) to identify lichen toxins believed to be sickening elk, leaving them unable to stand.
PVMA honors Obenski for column
Hershey, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) honored Dr. Michael A. Obenski with the association's 2007 Dr. A. Wayne Mountan Memorial Media Award.
Limited licensure ignites debate
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — Some call it evolutionary. Others consider it a mistake. No matter how it's defined, limiting the licenses of veterinarians is stirring national debate, from college classrooms to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The outcome could mean licensure limitations, experts say.
Humor
Cell phones: Living with life's little hang-ups
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I was about halfway through my brilliant explanation of spinal disc disease when, suddenly, the exam room filled with the thrilling sounds of the William Tell Overture.
From one dog to another, a choice morsel
The 2-pound Yorkie was carrying a huge mountain oyster. It was hanging out both sides of his mouth, and he was proud as a peacock.
Small Animal
You can help beat pet obesity
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
But you'll need the owners in your corner.
Surgery STAT: CPSS surgery and aftercare
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. Most animals with congenital portosystemic shunts (CPSS) present with mild to moderate clinical signs that are not life-threatening. The most critical component for their long-term treatment is restriction of dietary protein to reduce substrates for ammonia formation by colonic bacteria. Diets for dogs with CPSS should be 15 percent to 20 percent protein on a dry-matter basis, readily digestible, high in zinc and vitamin E, and low in manganese. Sources of gastrointestinal hemorrhage (gastritis, parasites), which provide additional protein substrate, should be treated. Ammonia production and absorption can be reduced by administration of lactulose, antibiotics such as neomycin or metronidazole, or unflavored yogurt with active cultures. Cystitis..
Diagnostic Imaging: Ultrasound of cats with chronic renal disease not always black and white
By Allison Zwingenberger, DVM, DACVR, DECVDI
Chronic renal disease is one of the most common ultra-sonographic findings in older cats. If you're doing ultrasounds on cats, you're sure to see signs of chronic renal changes daily.
Examining new classifications of tooth fractures
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
When a dog or cat presents with lethargy or pale mucous membranes and anemia is suspected, the ultimate treatment and prognosis starts with successfully categorizing the problem.
Oral melanoma: Improving dogs' survival
By Gerald Post, DVM, DACVIM
It is not often that one is able to bear witness to a sea change. The veterinary community has, in my opinion, seen one with the development of the melanoma vaccine. This unique form of therapy, a DNA-based vaccine, would justify my opinion, but the successful collaboration between veterinary oncologists, human oncologists and the pharmaceutical industry also serve to mark this event as extraordinary.
Canine flu is traced to 1999
Gainesville, Fla.— Canine flu has been circulating in the United States canine population since at least 1999, according to a recent University of Florida (UFL) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) study.
Charges pending in veterinary drug theft
Columbia Heights, Minn. — Charges are pending against a Minnesota veterinary technician suspected of trying to fill bogus veterinary prescriptions for pain killers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
People who responded when help was needed
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This month's Diagnote contains two true-life tales, one of them written in response to the October 2007 Diagnote entitled, "When others need help, will you make a difference?"
Shelter study show greater vaccine compliance needed
Madison, Wis. — About half of all dogs that enter shelter facilities have not been vaccinated or built natural immunity to at least two common canine ailments, according to an ongoing shelter-medicine study.
Equine
Anabolic steroids - uses and abuses
After administration of ABS to geldings and mares, stallion-like behavior was observed.
Research shines new light on shoeing practices
In A Handbook of Horse-Shoeing, published in 1898, Dr. A. W. Dollar described the correct manner for evaluating a horse prior to fitting shoes. "The horse must be seen both at rest and in motion," wrote Dollar, "the object being to form a clear idea of the conformation and action of the limb, of the form and condition of the hoof, of the way in which the horse brings the foot to, and lifts it from, the ground."
2 equine veterinarians named to hall of fame
College Station, Texas — Two equine veterinarians, one in academia and one in private practice, were inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, recognizing their contributions to the advancement of equine foot care.
Summit attendees address racehorse welfare, safety issues
Lexington, Ky. — The Thoroughbred racing industry will look for ways to attract and retain more regulatory veterinarians, improve track surfaces to reduce injuries and develop a research and development plan for drug testing.
Business
The irrefutable value of the word 'no'
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
No is the abbreviation for Norway and the element Nobelium.
The IRS: It's more flexible than you may think
By Mark E. Battersby
Today, with the 2007 tax year ended for most veterinarians, all that can be done before the filing deadline is to make the most of existing tax rules — all the while keeping an eye on the practice's potential tax bill for 2008.
Medical error and liability: How technology can be a safeguard
By James F. Wilson, DVM, JD , John A. Rossi, AB, VMD
As discussed previously, the emergence of a "reasonable physician" standard of care affects both human and veterinary practitioners, defining our approach to error management. Under this standard, adverse events previously defensible by deference to custom might now result in decisions of negligence if it is determined that such events were easily preventable.
Fee strategies to turn over the upsidedown
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Is your practice upside down?
Two to-do lists
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
This legal threat, as with so many others, leaves us as veterinary practitioners with a "to-do" list. Actually two "to-do" lists, and they are as follows:
Mastering Management: Tackle leadership with a team effort
By Eddie Garcia, DVM
The following tip is brought to you by a member of the Veterinary Leadership Group (VLG), a group of 20 management-savvy practitioners and hospital managers from across the country who meet twice a year to discuss business improvement, personal growth and social development issues for their practices.
Providing client convenience: It's no small matter
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Dr. James Brooks turned over in bed and looked at the clock. It was 8:05 a.m. He was a little late but thought he could make it to the clinic on time. He quickly headed to the bathroom to wash up and brush his teeth. He looked in the mirror — same face, different day. He laughed nervously because it really wasn't the same face. It was a suddenly aging facade marred by the daily stress of being a solo practitioner in a changing veterinary world. He had never married. His apartment usually was a mess — cleaned only when circumstances dictated.
Firing employees on workers' comp can present challenges
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
They say that most things in life swing like a pendulum from extreme to extreme. We know the business economy follows a boom-and-bust cycle that is mitigated only marginally through government intervention. Also, the political inclinations of society vacillate between conservative and liberal thought and from intolerance to excessive political correctness.
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