DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2009 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2009
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Face off: Two generations reflect on their differences
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report: Generation X and Baby Boomers are different, but they have one important thing in common - they are veterinarians.
Fighting identity theft
By Christina Macejko
Washington — A federal rule requiring businesses, including veterinary practices, to have a written program to spot identification theft takes effect this month.
2009 Triennial Report: Generational differences
By Daniel R. Verdon
True or false? The needs of the patient come before the interests of clients.
Trends: Generational interplay
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Lacey heard the tell-tale chirp from her cell phone.
Perspective: Finding generational middle ground
By Micaela Schaughnessy, VMD
What a brand-new, young associate might say to her Baby Boomer employer and vice-versa.
Horse owners push lawmakers to relax dentistry regulations
By Rachael Whitcomb
For nearly 20 years, equine dentistry has been considered a veterinary act in Oklahoma.
Economics, academics and welfare: DVMs face changes
By Christina Macejko
Profession continues its evolution, remains strong despite uncertainty and changes.
AAHA set to release major survey on compliance in July
By Rachael Whitcomb
Lakewood, Colo. — Veterinarians play as much a role in improving poor compliance as pet owners, according to a new study slated for release in July.
AVMA, AVMF, Red Cross: Working together for disaster safety
To better coordinate animal-rescue efforts during times of disaster, the AVMA, AVMF and the American Red Cross are working together.
Does your practice have a written identity theft program?
By James Iafe, VMD
With small-animal practitioners deferring payments and large-animal veterinarians billing their clients, there is no doubt that the "Red Flags" provision of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, which became effective May 1, applies to the veterinary profession.
Pet insurance: Veterinarians soften position in face of economic realities
By Daniel R. Verdon
When it comes to pet-health insurance, a majority of veterinarians are voting for wider use of a third-party payment system.
DVMs prefer the phone
By Christina Macejko
National Report — While the telephone may be the most preferred method of communicating with clients, veterinarians recognize the benefits of e-mail and social networking.
DVM News Poll: The recession's high stakes
The biggest concern for veterinarians is financial pressure on clients, whose disposable income may be reduced in a down economy.
Will raising fees ease your financial strain?
By Michael A. McLaughlin, DVM
How much a client will pay for a given service follows a time-tested formula.
AAHA to promote accreditation campaign on 'Animal Planet'
Phoenix — A $1 million pet-owner-awareness campaign about the merits of hospital accreditation has been unveiled y the American Animal Hospital Association.
Expired DVM license leads to $30,000 in fines
By Rachael Whitcomb
Memphis, Tenn. — An expired temporary license is costing a Tennessee DVM $30,000 in fines form the state's veterinary board.
Florida sterilization bill altered in committee
Tallahassee — A bill that would have required sterilization of all cats and dogs by the age of 4 months of age was substantially changed by the Florida House Agriculture and natural Resources Policy Committee.
Future of veterinary associations falls to students
By Christina Macejko
Hook them while they are young, and they be loyal.
HBO documentary recounts case in which DVM received threats
By James M. Lewis
Lake City, Iowa — An Iowa veterinarian says there's little more he can say about his testimony in 2007 trial just released in a documentary on HBO.
Klausner, former AMC leader, joins Banfield
Portland, Ore. — Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, former CEO and president of New York City's Animal Medical Center, accepted a position with Banfield.
Nashville veterinary practice goes green in more ways than one
By Christina Macejko
Nashville, Tenn. — Owners of the recently opened Belmont Animal Hospital like to say that the "recycled" their building.
Exploring pet cancer with veterinary oncologist Stephen J. Withrow
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Veterinary oncologists are making strides in research, diagnostics and treatment choices.
Tuskegee, 5 other schools lock up full accreditation from AVMA's Council on Education
Schaumburg, Ill. — Tuskegee University's veterinary school moved from limited to full accreditation.
Humor
Rules of the road
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy several thousand miles of our federal interstate highway system. So, I figured it would be a great time to try a fun experiment.
A humiliating turn of events
My grandmother, whom we called Nonny, grew up in a family of five sisters and one brother.
Business
Production pay: How to determine the right percentage
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
How do you determine the percentage that goes into a production-based pay contract for an associate?
Medicine
Feeling the bite of the economic downturn?
By Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
The veterinary profession is undergoing unprecedented change due to a global economic downturn. Clients want high-value services. Veterinary dentistry is one of them.
Surgery STAT: Managing IVDD
In last month's column we discussed the pathophysiology of intervertebral disk disease (IVDD). Once IVDD is diagnosed, the clinician must again use the history (onset and course of clinical signs) and the physical exam (neurological status) to formulate the therapeutic plan.
Emergency medicine: Manual non-invasive ventilation with PEEP valve
By Dennis T. (Tim) Crowe, Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, FCCM, DACHM, NREMT-I, CFF
When a pet arrives that is obviously having labored and difficulty breathing, an immediate course of treatment is to provide supplemental oxygen at high concentrations.
Help your clients choose the right trainer
By Gary Landsberg, DVM, BSc, DACVB
Recommending the right trainer is of utmost importance because a positive training experience can result in fewer behavioral problems.
Can you come to terms with medical language?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The technical language of medicine that we routine use in describing various aspects of a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment often baffles clients who are unfamiliar with medical terminology.
Diagnosis, treatment of tick-borne diseases
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Some cases are difficult to detect or fail to respond to therapies.
Equine
Advancing laminitis research — a collaborative effort
By Ed Kane, PhD
Kennett Square, Pa. — Research into the causes and treatment laminitis, along with wide-ranging collaboration are the driving forces behind the newly established Laminitis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
Another step in racing's reformation
By James M. Lewis
Louisville, Ky. — Racing officials say it seems only appropriate that Louisville's Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, is the nation's first racetrack to win accreditation by NTRA.
Piroplasmosis and the 2010 World Equestrian Games
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Equine piroplasmosis is an infectious disease of international importance.
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