DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2008 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2008
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Hazardous therapy
By Jennifer Fiala
NATIONAL REPORT — Brett Cordes, DVM, turned 35 when he felt the lump in his neck.
AVMA plans site visit in Mexico
By Christina Macejko
SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — The American Veterinary Medical Assocation's Council on Education (COE) granted a request from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UnAM) for a site visit, which is a preliminary step in the accreditation process. The COE made a consultative visit in 2006, after which it made recommendations for what the school could do — such as facilities upgrades and curriculum completion — to receive accreditation.
Practice sales, loans weathering the storm
By James M. Lewis
NATIONAL REPORT — Anyone wishing to buy or sell a veterinary practice shouldn't have any more difficulty doing so than they would have had before the recent sharp downturn in the U.S. economy.
Pets... the ultimate accessory?
By Rachael Whitcomb
In New York, a dapper bachelor could enlist a dog each Saturday to help him find his date for the night.
AVMA finances weathering Wall Street's roller coaster
By Christina Macejko
While many in the country have seen a drop in their investment portfolios, the AVMA is doing pretty well.
Questioning qualification
By Rachael Whitcomb
Sacramento, Calif. — Should unregistered veterinary technicians get a one-year window to take a certification examination based on a lot of experience and just 24 hours of education?
Redefining veterinary medicine
By Daniel R. Verdon
PORTLAND, ORE. — The alarms are sounding again to increase the number of veterinarians in the United States.
CVMA building drug-disposal database
DENVER, COLO. — The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is creating a database of information about veterinary pharmaceutical disposal with the help of the state public health department.
Gene mutation linked to rare canine, human eye disorder
A gene mutation may cause a naturally occurring, rare eye disease suffered by certain dogs and humans.
Specialty practices plan consolidation
By James M. Lewis
A group of veterinary specialty practices is working on a plan expected to result in a consolidation of about 12 practices next year.
3 candidates considered for dean at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Three candidates are on the short list to replace Richard Adams, DVM, PhD, as dean of Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Auburn clinic cited for improper fund use
Montgomery, Ala. — Auburn University was criticized in a report by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for not properly documenting revenues from pet-food sales at its small-animal hospital. The report also questioned the use of some of those funds.
Colorado VMA study sinks teeth into dog bites
Denver, Colo. — A year's worth of data on dog bites is in the hands of a research firm to provide a fresh analysis for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
DVM News poll: What's your greatest professional weakness?
Management tops the list for many veterinarians.
DVM is finalist in Animal Planet contest
Cumming, Ga.— Tracy Land is the only veterinarian among 10 finalists vying for Animal Planet's Hero of the Year title.
DVM, staff thwart robbery
By Christina Macejko
An Ohio veterinarian and his staff fought off a man who burst into the practice claiming to have a bomb.
Issues often neglected in employee manuals
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
I am sure that by now pretty much every veterinary hospital owner is aware that it is important to have an employee handbook or manual for clinic workers.
Jury acquits DVM of abuse, theft counts
By Christina Macejko
Desert Hills, Ariz.— Dr. Joshua Winston spent more than a year fighting to clear his name, which he says has cost him nearly $250,000 and more grief than he cares to recall.
NTRA unveils reforms, appoints monitor
New York — A Congressional panel earlier this year questioned whether the nation's horse racing industry had the will and ability to regulate itself or whether government intervention would be necessary.
New York racing board imposes steroid rules
New York — New York is the latest state to adopt a tougher stance on steroid use in racehorses.
Pennsylvania puppy mill law: State forces breeders to work with DVMs
By Christina Macejko
Harrisburg, Pa. — Pennsylvania legislators passed a controversial law aimed at improving conditions for dogs in so-called puppy mills.
Some folks just won't let sleeping dogs lie
All seemed to be going great until I cut the ovary away. ... I could feel my first real case of surgical panic coming on.
Surgery STAT: TTA vs. TPLO: Recovery time remains an important consideration
By Stephen H. Levine, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS
In the first article in this series, we provided a brief overview of the two surgical procedures that addressed the active, abnormal biomechanics of the cranial cruciate ligament deficient stifle—Tibial Tuberosity Advancement and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy.
Tax advantages of marketing can help struggling practices
By Mark E. Battersby
Market research and normal product testing costs are not considered research expenditures under the tax laws.
UC-Davis forms International Animal Welfare Institute
By Christina Macejko
DAVIS, CALIF. — As public perception of animal welfare has changed, the need for education has increased, which is why the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine formed the International Animal Welfare Training Institute.
Small Animal
Managing end-stage heart failure
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
When managing chronic cough, it is important to grade the severity of the cough.
Consider ACTH stimulation test when you suspect canine hyperadrenocorticism
By Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Increased ACTH secretion from the pituitary gland is the most commonly recognized cause of canine hyperadrenocorticism (HAC).
10 axioms to aid your diagnostic skills
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Not all diagnoses are equal in terms of their prognostic and therapeutic implications.
Equine
Inflammatory airway disease: When, how to perform a bronchoalveolar lavage
By Michelle Henry Barton, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
A BAL should not be performed on a horse with overt respiratory distress, tachycardia or pulmonary hypertension.
Anesthesia: Keeping close watch on blood pressure, ventilation vital during surgery
By Ed Kane, PhD
In 1915, Sir Frederick Hobday, a British veterinary surgeon, noted that "it is of no avail to have done any operation, however clever, if the patient succumbs to the anesthetic."
Consortium launches racehorse drug-testing initiative
By James M. Lewis
Lexington, Ky. — Another key organization within the horse-racing industry is joining a growing movement toward reform.
Designing the future
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
A look at veterinary-school architectural plans sheds light on how the profession is changing.
Humor
Anna Rexic's pet pooch mirrors her thin logic on diet, nutrition
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Anna ... thinks a person is obese if every bone in his or her skeleton is not prominently displayed.
Business
Monitoring your practice in today's economy
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Paying attention to demographics, finances, diagnostics yields benefits.
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