DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jun 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jun 1, 2008
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Target practice
By Jennifer Fiala
Dr. Hazel Holman was one of 34 veterinary practices targeted by Massachusetts environmental regulators in a medical-waste compliance crackdown.
Deadly bacterium strikes shelter dogs
By Jennifer Fiala
Davis, Calif. — A bacterium common among horses kills infected shelter dogs at an alarming rate, researchers say, prompting an alert to clinical practitioners who encounter densely housed animals.
Kentucky caterpillar numbers signal heightened MRLS threat
Lexington, Ky. — This year's eastern tent caterpillar populations are the highest since 2001, one of the worst years in recent memory for Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in central Kentucky, according to University of Kentucky entomologists.
DVM Newsmagazine's newest editor
Cleveland — Rachael Whitcomb joined DVM Newsmagazine as associate editor.
Downed economy?
By Rachael Whitcomb
Veterinarians worry about the economic future according to a DVM Newsmagazine poll. Is it worth it? One expert believes so.
Kansas bill restricting state board is shelved
By James M. Lewis
Topeka, Kan. — Legislation that would have taken away the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners' ability to preside over its own administrative hearings is dead for 2008, though it is expected to come up for consideration again in next year's legislative session.
AVMA revises policy on cattle castration, dehorning
Schaumburg, Ill. — An amended policy titled "Castration and dehorning of cattle" includes new pain-control and procedural language.
AVMA recognizes exotic specialty
Schaumburg, Ill. — American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) leaders gave the OK for an exotic companion-mammal specialty practice area that focuses on ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and other small exotic mammals.
AVMA Oks $1 million for strategic plan
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) leaders want to tap the group's invested reserves to support up to $1 million in future programs that guide and promote the profession.
Basic framework for AVMA's strategic plan
The AVMA Strategic Plan, initiated in 2006, is designed to guide the nation's largest veterinary membership group on profession-related issues. The following five critical areas of issue have been identified as well as a basic framework for addressing them:
Derby accident spurs stronger look at track safety
By James M. Lewis
Lexington, Ky. — Veterinarians played a key role in handling another high-profile racetrack tragedy — this time at the Kentucky Derby — and they're working with the racing industry in the aftermath to help improve Thoroughbred-racing safety and equine health and safety in general.
AVMA remains sole financier of One Health collaborations
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) remains the sole financier of its One Health initiative, allocating another $12,000 for it during the group's April Executive Board meeting.
New England veterinary market worth $3.3 billion
By Jennifer Fiala
North Grafton, Mass. — For every 100 veterinary medical jobs in New England, an additional 59 jobs are created in related industries.
Shot, left for dead
By Jennifer Fiala
Editor's Note: On May 28, Alabama veterinarian Jerrry Handley was charged with second-degree arson, seven felony counts of animal curelty and a misdemenaor charge of filing a false report. Handley allegedly confessed to police shortly after this story went to press.
No prescription needed for therapeutic pet foods, pharmacy board rules
Columbus, Ohio — Prescriptions and veterinarian-client-patient relationships are not needed for consumers to purchase therapeutic pet food, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which issued an update to veterinarians stating that Ohio law does not consider therapeutic food a "dangerous drug," and therefore it requires no prescription oversight.
UT opens expanded veterinary hospital
Knoxville, Tenn. — There's plenty of extra space to accommodate patients and several new services at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine's (UTCVM) small-animal teaching hospital, with the formal opening of a 32,000-square-foot addition.
Colleagues share memories of DVM killed in shark attack
Solana Beach, Calif. — Classmates and friends of retired DVM David Martin, killed recently in a shark attack not far from his Solana Beach home, remember him as modest, soft-spoken and confident, one describing him as "the essence of a successful Southern California veterinarian."
Big Easy clean-up
Schaumburg, Ill. — More than 250 veterinarians and others plan to roll up their sleeves to revive four New Orleans animal shelters during next month's American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) annual convention.
Florida veterinary practices need permits to prescribe drugs
Tallahassee, Fla. — Owners of Florida veterinary medical practices must buy pharmacy permits by Jan. 1, 2009, to be in compliance with a recently passed law.
Texas A&M to construct cancer center
College Station, Texas — Texas A&M University's veterinary college received approval to build a veterinary imaging and cancer research center. Plans for the $4.5-million project include an 8,000-square-foot building for small-animal and equine patients.
State funding boost quells CSU cutback concerns
Fort Collins — A financial reprieve in the form of a million-dollar boost from the state means a Colorado teaching hospital won't have to sacrifice personnel for a balanced budget.
Ground broken for new animal-health diagnostic center at Cornell
Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine broke ground May 22 for the new New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC), an $80.5 million project expected to be completed in 2010.
DVM Newsmakers' Summit: Exploring the consumer psyche
DVM Newsmagazine asked five market leaders to talk about consumer attitudes.
Economics of Higher Education: Veterinary schools pressured, too
By James W. Lloyd
The March issue of DVM Newsmagazine highlighted an increasingly critical issue in veterinary education: the escalation of student debt. Discussion around this topic is widespread and is bolstered by fact and emotion. Finding a solution is vital to the future of the veterinary profession, but robust analysis of the situation requires full information from the student, employer and academic perspectives.
Study shows chemical contamination in pets
Washington — Chemical contamination, recently identified as a concern for humans, is an even more serious threat to pets, which are showing much higher exposure levels than their owners, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
ISU researcher performs nation's first canine corneal transplant
Ames, Iowa — An Iowa State University researcher restored a 7-year-old dog's deteriorating sight by removing its cloudy cornea and inserting a plastic replacement.
Humor
Duck, duck — not another goose
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
My receptionist was choking, but there was no need for the Heimlich maneuver.
Multi-tasking with an arthroscope
We prefer to do surgery in the morning — my favorite time of day — before the telephone starts ringing and emergencies begin showing up. It's peaceful, and surgery usually can be done without hurry or distraction.
Small Animal
Nutritional support for hospitalized patients
By Melissa Marshall, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC , Lisa P. Weeth, DVM, Dipl. ACVN
Nutritional needs often play a secondary role to medical and surgical intervention. Critically ill veterinary patients are at high risk for malnutrition because of physical impediments, as well as physiologic and metabolic abnormalities. Protein and/or calorie malnutrition results in decreased immune competence, decreased tissue synthesis, increased protein degradation (especially that of the lymphatic system), altered drug metabolism and is known to increase morbidity and mortality in human patients. Although veterinary studies are lacking, it is generally accepted that early enteral nutrition decreases complications from malnutrition.
Prognosis, treatment of canine mammary tumors
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
What are the facts and figures for mammary tumors in dogs?
Interventional radiology in veterinary care
By Linda Marie Wetzel
East Lansing, Mich. — The introduction of minimally invasive procedures such as interventional radiology offers the same benefits to animals that similar procedures have made possible in human medicine, according to one practitioner.
Diagnostic Imaging: The subtleties in identifying a bronchial pattern
By Allison Zwingenberger, DVM, DACVR, DECVDI
A bronchial pattern on radiographs indicates pathology involving the airways. It can be a subtle pattern to recognize, so let's look at some of the features.
ACVS Surgery STAT: Tips for reducing the pain of amputations in dogs
By Sarah Boston, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVS
Amputation is a painful procedure, so aggressive, multimodal analgesia is necessary. The patient should receive a premedication that includes a pure mu agonist opioid such as morphine, fentanyl, oxymorphone or hydromorphone.
Business
Setting fees — it's a state of mind and economics
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
So why do we have such poor self-esteem? Is it getting worse?
Calculating the real cost of labor in setting fees
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
"Oh, Doctor, how can we charge $18 for this service?"
Discounts: Can you sue them to boost cash flow?
By Mark E. Battersby
Discounts are a popular marketing tool to encourage clients and customers to pay faster. Many suppliers offer them to improve their cash flow. Like many professionals, some veterinarians offer a trade discount of sorts for immediate payment upon completion of services, but they may give little thought either to the cost of offering discounts or how much they might save by using discounts offered to them.
Getting the message across
By Richard Timmins, DVM
The six principles of adult learning provide a framework for building a protocol for ongoing client education.
Speech: A vital component of highly effective patient care
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Lisa K. Ulrich, CVT
How we communicate with clients can be a source of mutual understanding and positive action, leading to highly effective patient care, or a source of misunderstanding and frustration.
Probing for worker misconduct plants legal land mines
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
It wouldn't surprise me if a certain percentage of readers who merely scan this month's piece do so because they don't see what relevance the topic could possibly have to the practicing veterinarian. I understand completely because, at first blush, it doesn't seem possible that any "investigations" would need to be carried out in an animal hospital and, even if one did need to be done, how complicated could it be?
Equine
Research committee considering EIPH study
By James M. Lewis
A major study of the incidence of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in performance horses could benefit all horses, and such a study might soon be undertaken if a research committee of prominent equine veterinarians determines the study should go forward and outlines its scope.
Fire-safety seminar: a win-win-win solution
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Equine practitioners need not go far these days before being reminded that they and their clients are facing difficult economic times. Rising gas prices, feed prices, seed and fertilizer costs, reduced travel to horse shows and generally lower consumer spending suggest a tough business year for many veterinarians.
Nutrition's role in stallion fertility
By Ed Kane, PhD
Obesity may be Enemy No. 1 when it comes to a stallion's libido and fertility during the breeding season — a key reason for equine practitioners to counsel their clients on proper equine nutrition, experts say.
Appeal decision awaited in New York teeth-floating case
Mineola, N.Y. — An appeal of a court decision allowing persons in New York other than veterinarians to float horses' teeth is moving forward, but probably won't be decided until this fall because of the backlog of cases, according to the attorney for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS).
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