DVM360 MAGAZINE, Sep 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Sep 1, 2008
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Green clinics can save practices money and help the environment
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report -- Gas and electric prices continue to rise for everyone - including businesses, and the state of the economy isn't exactly putting more money into clients' pockets to offset higher operating costs.
Global warming or warning?
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report -- The plight of polar bears losing their food supply and habitat because of melting ice caps has been making news for some time, but could climate change really be causing a kitten boom? Will disease vectors on the move because of changes in their habitat cause outbreaks in companion animals?
Going green or seeing red?
By Rachael Whitcomb
The inconvenient truth isn't just a documentary about climate change. It's also the reality that many states and local governments are cracking down to protect their environmental well-being while their targets might not even know they are doing anything wrong.
It's time to raise bar on hygiene, study says
By James M. Lewis
Veterinarians "in general have a roguish attitude" toward protecting themselves against dangerous infections and zoonotic diseases.
Florida EEE cases up sharply with mosquitoes on rise
By James M. Lewis
It's a big year for mosquitoes in Florida, and one result is a much higher incidence of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
5 Florida horses test positive for equine piroplasmosis
Five horses in Manatee County tested positive for equine piroplasmosis (EP), a disease not reported in the United States since 1988.
CAPC's educational Road show
CAPC's educational Road show
Veterinary economy: Some growth, but future guarded
More than half of the veterinarians surveyed report revenue growth for the first two quarters of 2008.
Compounded-drug decision wasn't easy, AAEP says
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) says it had little alternative but to ban compounded-drug displays at its convention in San Diego this December.
DVMs make a difference sprucing up New Orleans shelters
By Christina Macejko
Nearly 100 volunteers descended on New Orleans in July to volunteer at four area animal shelters.
Political run ends in defeat for Kansas vet
Veterinarian Gary D. Harmon, 68, of Augusta, Kan., was defeated in his bid for 77th District state representative Aug. 5 by incumbent David Crum, R-Augusta.
NIH awards $1 million in grants to Cornell
Two clinical research programs at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine will receive $1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next four years.
Pet travel form taking flight
By Christina Macejko
Better parameters on what veterinarians consider suitable conditions for companion-animal domestic travel could be crafted at the next American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Veterinary Service meeting.
GHLIT partnership riles insurance competitors
The recently announced partnership between Pets Best Insurance and the American Veterinary Medical Association's Group Health & Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT) has some competitors crying foul.
Jockey Club panel issues 4 key recommendations
The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, formed in May to seek ways to improve the health and safety of racehorses, issued four new recommendations at the club's annual Round Table.
AAEP says horse-slaughter bill would add to neglect, starvation
By Christina Macejko
Ending horse slaughter would cause more suffering of horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recently testified before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
NAPHIA to locate in Kansas City
The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA), which formed in 2007, will locate in Kansas City, the group announced.
LSU, Tuskegee veterinary schools placed on limited accreditation
By Christina Macejko
Two veterinary colleges have been moved from full to limited accreditation, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE).
Spay/neuter law blows into Windy city
By Christina Macejko
Opposing a proposed law that would mandate spaying or neutering, the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) says it hasn't worked in other cities and would kill an already successful program there.
Chronicling Katrina
A new book chronicles what is being called the largest equine rescue ever.
Puppy mill sold, will be closed
The Wisconsin Humane Society is buying the assets of one of the nation's largest dog-breeding facilities and shutting down the operation, seeking homes for more than 1,100 dogs housed there.
Behind the scenes at the Olympics
By James M. Lewis
They worked long days, sometimes from dawn to midnight, caring for 218 world-class performance horses competing in the 2008 Olympic equestrian games.
Tennessee veterinary school to welcome new dean
The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will welcome its fifth dean Oct. 1 with the appointment of Dr. James Thompson.
Calif. Senate rejects amended spay/neuter bill
A watered-down version of a bill that originally would have required that almost every cat and dog older than 4 months be spayed or neutered was voted down in the California Senate by a 27-5 vote.
Novartis doles out five-year $625,000 grant to NCSU
North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine received a $625,000 grant from Novartis Animal Health US Inc., to support the clinical trials program administered by the college's Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research.
Veterinary imaging service joins specialty group
Southern California Veterinary Imaging, which offers full radiologic services for referring veterinarians, recently opened in partnership with City of Angels Veterinary Specialty Center, a specialty practice group founded in May 2005. Dr. Rachel Schochet, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, is director of Southern California Veterinary Imaging.
AAEP urges end to soring of performance breed
As Tennessee Walking Horse owners and trainers prepared for their biggest show of the year, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) called for the elimination of the "culture of abuse" of soring the animals.
UF lays off prof, halts program for small-animal reproduction
By Christina Macejko
"The father of small-animal reproduction" sued the University of Florida for breach of contract after the associate professor received a layoff notice in May.
Miss. Congressman wins AVMA Advocacy Award
New Orleans — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) with the first AVMA Advocacy Award at its annual conference.
Long-term care insurance: policy choices and elections
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
When I wrote the first half of this article a few months ago, I had no idea how much interest and how many inquiries I would receive on the subject of so-called "policies." Consequently, I thought I would put together the final piece sooner rather than later. I will admit that the subject is a bit complex, and may not be the most enthralling topic in the world. Nonetheless, it is an important one for veterinary practitioners who are concerned about their estates, their surviving relatives and the quality of care they hope to receive as seniors.
One survey, two questions, zero spread of heartworm
By Christina Macejko
The American Heartworm Society (AHS) asked 40,000 animal-health professionals to respond to a two-question survey this summer that could help prevent the spread of heartworm disease to areas that, until recently, rarely had had a case, AHS President Sheldon Rubin says.
Commentary: Animal welfare, not economics should be profession's top concern
By Jeff Smith, DVM
As a California veterinarian, my clients expect the best possible care and advice for their pets and horses. However, my clients also ask me about other animal-welfare issues, and the public expects the state's premier veterinary organization, the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), to weigh in on important policy matters related to the welfare of animals.
Humor
Story hard to swallow? Chew on it for a while
The human-animal bond is a strong one, but I'm still amazed sometimes at what people will do for their animals. I know people, for example, who treat their pets to an ice-cream cone before visiting the veterinarian. I've seen painted toenails, dogs with pierced ears, cats with a gold-capped tooth, dogs with rollers in their hair, many types of pet sweaters, even artificial testicles placed back in a dog's scrotum to keep it from looking empty. The list goes on.
Making the ultimate rescue from Phagia's Dog Farm
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
My secretary was apologetic but firm.
Business
The 'whether' report
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
It's a cloudy day for veterinary medicine.
Small Animal
Surgery STAT: Use of adult stem cells in clinical orthopedics
Adult stem cells are cells found in various tissues throughout the bodies of both juveniles and adults. By definition, these are undifferentiated cells that can be induced to become any of a number of cell types.
Extending quality of life for cancer patients
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Q: Please provide a review on palliative care for animals diagnosed with cancer.
Early consultation is key to preventing behavioral issues
By Gary Landsberg, DVM, BSc, DACVB , Sagi Denenberg, DVM
There are a variety of behavioral services that should be provided by every veterinary clinic, including pre-selection counseling, preventive counseling, castration and spaying, puppy and kitten classes and obedience training, behavior screening, behavior counseling and the sale of behavior products.
The effect of hydration status on echocardiographic measurements of normal cats
By Robert Runde, VMD , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
In a recent article (The Effect of Hydration Status on the Echocardiographic Measurements of Normal Cats, by Campbell, F.E. & Kittleson, M.D. J Vet Intern Med 2007), the authors examined the effect of hydration status on echocardio-graphic findings in normal cats.
Unmasking the toxic culprit(s) in pet-food recalls
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Lisa K. Ulrich, CVT , Lori A. Koehler, CVT , Jody P. Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
What is your interpretation and diagnosis?
Definitive diagnosis of thyroid malignancy
By Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Thyroid tumors are relatively uncommon in dogs, accounting for only 1 percent to 4 percent of all tumors. The majority of diagnosed thyroid tumors in dogs are malignant, because adenomas are clinically silent and found incidentally on necropsy.
Equine
Aid to digestion
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
The digestive system of the horse is of crucial importance to the equine practitioner. Health and optimum function of this system are necessary for almost every aspect of a horse's life. Complaints of diarrhea, weight loss, poor weight gain, lack of performance and colic, among others, often accompany equine digestive disease.
Racing industry launches equine injury database
By James M. Lewis
A system that will provide the Thoroughbred racing industry with its first national database of racetrack injuries is off and running.
New equine hospital at Belmont set to open
A $17 million, state-of-the-art equine referral hospital near Belmont Park that will serve the New York metropolitan area was to open in early September, according to its owners, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH), the group that owns 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown.
Hoof cracks: Finding cause is key to treatment, repair
By Ed Kane, PhD
The term "quarter crack" was heard much more frequently this year after Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown was treated for the hoof condition prior to the Belmont Stakes, but equine veterinarians, podiatrists and farriers know that quarter cracks affect all types of racing and performance horses and sometimes work horses.
DVM InFocus
Extreme makeover: Unveiling a new dental suite
By Paul Camilo, CVPM
There comes a time in every clinic when change is inevitable.
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