DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2008
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An emerging occupational threat?
By Krista Schultz
United Kingdom — Veterinarians' suicide rate is proportionally four times that of the general population and twice that of other health professionals, studies show.

Photo: Kristofer Dan-Bergman/Getty Images

Vermont's high court to consider emotional distress issue
By Jennifer Fiala
Montpelier, vt. — Organized veterinary medicine is going head-to-head with activists in an attempt to convince the Vermont Supreme Court that pet owners have no right to sue for loss of companionship and emotional distress in alleged malpractice cases.
Xylitol warning
By DVM Newsmagazine
The current commercial formulation of liquid oral Gabapentin suspension contains xylitol, which may be associated with potentially severe and/or fatal complications in dogs and cats, report Drs. Pierre S. Bichsel, DVM, MS and Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM of the Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
AVMA vice presidential office faces scrutiny
By DVM Newsmagazine
Sacramento, Calif. — The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to rid its national counterpart of the vice presidency — an office that critics claim generates more election politics than student interest in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
MVMA tries to work out kinks in chiropractic legislation
By Krista Schultz
ST. Paul, Minn. — The state veterinary community is contesting a pending bill that would allow human chiropractors to work on pets without veterinary input, saying it would be one of the "loosest" such laws in the country if passed.
WSU building new school to study zoonotic diseases
By DVM Newsmagazine
Spokane, Wash. — With the help of a $25 million grant, Washington State University is building a School for Global Animal Health that will focus on vaccination, diagnostic and eradication research for zoonotic diseases.
Tentative settlement reached in pet-food lawsuits
By DVM Newsmagazine
Camden, N.J. — Another chapter in the lengthy pet-food recall saga is drawing to a close with the reported settlement of more than 100 class-action lawsuits brought on behalf of pet owners in the United States and Canada.
Bringing the past to life: 6 practices preserving veterinary heritage
By James M. Lewis
When Sandusky, Ohio, veterinarian Dr. Michael E. Metroka commemorated his practice's 75th anniversary in February, he had reasons to believe it might be the nation's oldest that has operated continuously "within the same four walls."
Attendance dips at AAHA conference
By DVM Newsmagazine
Tampa, Fla. — The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) met veterinarian requests for a shorter, more concentrated conference to reduce time spent away from practices, but saw attendance drop slightly from 2007 at its annual conference in late March.
Bonds issued to help state clinch federal lab
By DVM Newsmagazine
Topeka, Kan. — To demonstrate the state's commitment to housing a federal bio-security laboratory, the Kansas governor signed legislation to issue $105 million in bonds.
ISVMA fights proposed ban of gas for animal euthanasia
By DVM Newsmagazine
Springfield, Ill. — A proposed ban on the use of gas for animal euthanasia, considered inhumane treatment, has come under fire from state veterinary leaders who argue the procedure has merit and should not be outlawed completely.
New Utah animal hospital has it all — and room to spare
By James M. Lewis
Salt Lake CitY — Veterinary clients anywhere near Utah's capital don't have to drive hundreds of miles anymore to the nearest specialty referral hospital.
DVMs advised: Prepare for media questions on fees
By DVM Newsmagazine
Los Angeles — A television station investigative reporter used a hidden-camera approach to raise questions about the legitimacy of diagnoses and fees at several veterinary practices in the Los Angeles area.
HSVMA creates leadership council
By DVM Newsmagazine
Bethesda, MD. — The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) is moving forward to develop the new group, including plans this month to announce leadership council members.
DVMs fight to save agriculture department
By Jennifer Fiala
Trenton, N.J. — A plan to eliminate the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has ignited Statehouse protests and rallied the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA).
Florida breaks ground for pathogen research lab
By DVM Newsmagazine
Gainesville, fla. — Construction is under way for the Pathogen Research Facility, slated to house the University of Florida's (UFL) new Emerging Pathogens Institute that aims to improve disease preparedness, prevention and treatment statewide.
Purina giving $400,000 to Delta Society
By DVM Newsmagazine
ST. Louis — Purina will dish out more than $400,000 to the Delta Society for its animal-assisted therapy.
AAHA evaluates insurance policies
By DVM Newsmagazine
Tampa, Fla. — The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) created a program to evaluate animal-insurance plans as a guide for owners.
AAHA program receives industry partner donation
By DVM Newsmagazine
Tampa, fla. — An American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) fund that aims to provide quality health care for companion animals received a $50,000 donation from CareCredit at the association's annual convention in late March.
Sterilization drug in works for wildlife, possibly companion animals
By Krista Schultz
College Station, Texas — Researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) are finalizing development of an oral contraceptive to help to control wildlife populations and that might one day be modified for companion animals.
Tennessee DVM case spurs clarification of 'heart shot' law
By DVM Newsmagazine
NASHVILLE, TEN. — Sedation before intracardial injection euthanasia soon will be required in Tennessee after a DVM's highly publicized disciplinary case led lawmakers to push for legislative clarification on the method.
N.Y. technicians aren't nurses, DVMs told
By DVM Newsmagazine
Albany, N.Y. — New York nurses want veterinarians to stop calling their technicians "nurses" — a term they say applies only to the human-health profession.
Award recognizes DVMs global impact on profession
By DVM Newsmagazine
Philadelphia — The Penn Vet World Award — created to honor veterinarians who have spurred practice change and profession recognition, and influenced the lives and careers of others — was presented to Dr. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH).
AAHA celebrates 75 years
By DVM Newsmagazine
Lakewood, Colo. — Created in 1933 to help "pet doctors" boost the standards of companion-animal care, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is marking its 75th anniversary.
GHLIT explores health-insurance options for pets
By DVM Newsmagazine
Schaumburg, Ill. — Pet health insurance is on the Group Health and Life Insurance Trust's (GHLIT) agenda, with goals to guide veterinarians on current public offerings and tentative plans to provide its own program one day.
DVM, assistants serve small Belize community
By DVM Newsmagazine
Berrysville, ark. — What started as a vacation led an Arkansas veterinary clinic to set up operations temporarily in a rural Central American town, with staff members vowing to help improve the community's animal-control methods and veterinary care.
Texas A&M to construct cancer center
By DVM Newsmagazine
College Station, Texas — Texas A&M University's veterinary college received approval last month to build a veterinary imaging and cancer research center.
Georgia VMA hires executive director
By DVM Newsmagazine
Atlanta — Clare B. Reagan, CAE, joins the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association as its executive director.
Equine
AAEP campaign urges dental exam for horses annually
Lexington, Ky. — Every horse needs an annual dental exam, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) says. It hopes to spread that message through a dental-health campaign designed to reach horse owners throughout 2008.
Is this foal septicemic?
By Michelle Henry Barton, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
Septicemia, defined as the systemic reaction caused by the presence of microorganisms or their toxins in the blood, often is cited as the most common reason for illness and death in the neonatal period.
Reasons to exorcise the 'demon' in grain
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), based in Norfolk, England, has long dealt primarily with cases of neglected and starved horses, but now there is a newer issue facing this organization.
Stem-cell therapy shows promise for horse soft-tissue injury, disease
By Ed Kane, PhD
While interest and controversy swirl around stem-cell use for treating human spinal-chord injuries and diseases ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's, veterinary medicine has been investigating stem-cell use for a variety of animal conditions and diseases.
Humor
A jelly donut — the ultimate life preserver
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I was just about to begin a serious consultation with a jelly donut when my receptionist brought the news that Mrs. Frazzle was on the telephone. She sounded very upset. (So, what else is new?)
Difficult diagnosis? No problem, just sleep on it
The psychic said to work on the horse's left front ankle and treat it with a plant extract only Granny Clampet had in stock.
Small Animal
Assessing, treating refractory feline chronic gingivo-stomatitis
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Feline chronic gingivo-stomatitis is a painful oral condition in cats that therapeutically has only responded predictably to surgical extraction of all premolars and molars.
Fluid therapy: Finding the best options for perfusion, oxygen supply
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Could you review fluid therapy in dogs and cats?
Surgery STAT: Using active drains in wound management
By Giselle Hosgood, BVSc, MS, PhD, FACVsc, DACVS
The use of active drains enhances the efficiency and minimizes the morbidity of wound drainage. Their use is indicated for removal of pre-existing fluid, ablation of dead space and prevention of anticipated fluid accumulation.
New canine eye disease discovered at Iowa State
By DVM Newsmagazine
Ames, Iowa— A previously unknown eye disease that can cause canine blindness has been discovered and named at Iowa State University.
Food Animal
Who pays for time?
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
As veterinarians, we often find ourselves unable to determine the nature and cause of the problem case. So, who pays for our time?
Treating meat goats for neurological ills
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Practitioners provide veterinary care for a growing number of meat goats in the United States — animals known to develop neurological disease.
Business
Getting the message across
By Richard Timmins, DVM
Veterinary graduates acquire many diagnostic and therapeutic skills during four or more years of study and are eager to apply their new knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of complicated diseases like diabetes, hyperadrenocorticism, congestive heart failure and other medical or surgical challenges.
Lessons on listening
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Lisa K. Ulrich, CVT
"For everything there is an appointed time. ... A time to listen and a time to speak."
Summer volunteers raise legal, insurance and pay issues
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
I remember the summer days of my youth. My dad's veterinary practice, within walking distance of the local high school, was always fully staffed with local adolescents who just loved to be around animals. True, they didn't know anything about animal restraint or when to use gloves or pretty much anything else, but they were eager and willing and looking for a chance to get some experience with a veterinarian.
How new tax law aims to stimulate business
By Mark E. Battersby
Limit on write-offs for equipment outlays raised, bonus depreciation for ’08 purchases added
Slide show can help strengthen client ties
By Dennis Chmiel
Merrimack, N.H. — A music slide show can be a unique and impressive marketing tool for a veterinary practice.
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