DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2009 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2009
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The Triennial Report: Stop treatment point dips as veterinarians remain concerned about economy
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Pet owners are throwing in the towel earlier on veterinary treatment, according to a new DVM Newsmagazine survey.
Euthanasia: Hard times call for hard decisions
By Christina Macejko
National Report — "I think every family and every individual has a limit in their mind — not only cost but stress to their pet."
Forecast: Salary outlook not grim, not great
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Salaries might be flat this year, but the demand for veterinary services remains strong, DVMs say.
Veterinary practice mergers: Is there strength in numbers?
By James M. Lewis
Tory, Mo. — When it comes to merging practices in the same community, veterinarians remain "fiercely independent."
GAO report: Agency says U.S. clueless on staffing of DVM workforce
By Christina Macejko
National Report — The federal government lacks a comprehensive understanding of the sufficiency of its veterinarian work force, according to the Government Accounting Office.
Law cuts into salary discrimination
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report - A new federal law will make it easier for workers to file wage-discrimination lawsuits. Lawyers are cautioning veterinary experts.
Local economies put pressure on practitioners
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Foreclosures and job losses are taking their toll on clients, and veterinarians are starting to feel the pinch.
Peanut-recall casualties: 1 dog, 500 people, 1,555 tainted products - so far
By Rachael Whitcomb
Oakland, Ore. — The first veterinary case linked to the nationwide peanut-products recall was reported.
Proposed horse-slaughter plant in N. Dakota draws support
By James M. Lewis
Bismarck, N.D. — Veterinarians, ranchers and horse breeders packed the state's House Agriculture Committee meeting to urge passage of a bill to study the feasibility of building a horse meat-processing plant.
Shake up at the NYC's Animal Medical Center
By Christina Macejko
New York — Dr. Jeffrey Klausner is out at the famed Animal Medical Center. But no one is really saying why.
Specialists: Clients' struggles impact DVMs
By Christina Macejko
National Report — Pet owners are shopping for price, veterinarians say, and it's impacting general practice and referrals.
AAEP offers veterinary guidelines for horse racing
By James M. Lewis
Lexington, KY. — The Thoroughbred racing industry has been on a mission following a Congressional hearing last year to prove that it can improve safety and medication issues without government regulation.
DVM News Poll: motivated by medicine
What types of cases do you find most professionally gratifying?
DVMs pulled into civil suits in horse-abuse case
By James M. Lewis
Columbia, S.C. — Veterinarians and animal-welfare groups are among those named in civil lawsuits filed by two members of a South Carolina family after they were charged with animal abuse.
DVMs, veterinary student converge at NAVC to examine ways to ease debt
Orlando — Veterinarians and students came together to consider ways to ease staggering veterinary student indebtedness.
Economy altering dynamics of practice sales
By James M. Lewis
National Report — The business of buying and selling veterinary practices continued into early 2009 at a steady pace, with some brokers even reporting sales increases.
Wanda Lott takes value added to a whole new level
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I am about to reveal one of the great truths about veterinary practice.
Business
Practice survival: More strategies for a down economy
By Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM
The classic, knee-jerk reaction when the economy slows is to cut prices. Look around. Stores are slashing prices.
Euthanasia's legal side: Issues DVMs must consider
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
The moment of a pet's euthanasia nearly always is difficult for the owner and is troubling for the veterinarian.
Do you have the 'I'm outahere' mind-set?
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
It's Monday morning, and only three clients came in.
Small Animal
Surgery STAT: Prevent gastric dilatation volvulus with laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
By Mitchell A. Robbins, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
Gastric dilatation-volvulus, or bloat, is a common occurrence in large- and giant-breed dogs.
7 steps to perform retrograde urohydropropulsion
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This article describes seven steps for performing retrograde urohydropropulsion.
How useful are contrast studies in diagnosing GI disease in vomiting patients?
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Are contrast studies still needed as diagnostics in vomiting patients?
Using hyperbaric oxygen therapy in emergency and critical-care practice
By Dennis T. (Tim) Crowe, Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, FCCM, DACHM, NREMT-I, CFF
Only in the last 10 or 15 years has hyperbaric oxygen therapy become widely accepted, based on well-designed and controlled experimental studies in animals.
Who's at risk? Sharing love, sharing germs
By Rachael Whitcomb
Manhattan, Kan. — We have all seen the sloppy, wet kiss from dog to owner. But who is really at risk?
Cat microchip bill doesn't land on all fours
Denver — A Colorado bill that would have required microchips or identification tags for cats in large cities died in the state house.
Humor
Call him whatever you like — except THAT
Some things in this life just aggravate, occurring with no rhyme or reason like a bad dream or a pimple.
Equine
Probe continues into CEM outbreak
By James M. Lewis
National Report — Federal and state veterinary officials continue to look for the source of an outbreak of contagious equine metritis that now affects at least 575 horses in 45 states.
Gene-based medicine for equine muscle disorders
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Researchers knew that the equine genome project eventually would lead to monumental discoveries and new methods of diagnosis and treatment of significant benefit to the horse.
Meeting the mineral nutritional needs of foals
By Ed Kane, PhD
Minerals, though they make up only a small percentage of the equine diet, are critical — especially for the health of foals.
Racing industry honors AAEP's 'On Call' veterinarians
By James M. Lewis
Miami Beach — The American Association of Equine Practitioners On Call program, which provides veterinary expertise to the media at racing events, received the Thoroughbred racing industry's prestigious Eclipse Special Award.
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