DVM360 MAGAZINE, Sep 1, 2009 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Sep 1, 2009
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The new welfare war
By Brendan Howard
Americans today are wrestling with the value of their pets and the laws protecting animals more than ever before. And experts say veterinarians are, and should be, at the center of the debate.
Incentives to enter large-animal practice on rise
By James M. Lewis
There are many new incentives to encourage veterinary students to consider careers in large-animal medicine or to work in underserved rural areas.
The changing role of technicians
By Rachael Whitcomb
As legislators grapple with complaints of veterinarian shortages, they are looking to technicians to help fill the gap. But what does this mean for the role of technicians in the veterinary profession?
Minimum wage increase should have minimum impact
By Christina Macejko
Veterinary practice owners likely won't see much of an impact from the latest federal minimum wage increase.
If you think it's scabies, treat it
Always keep scabies in mind as a differential in your pruritic canine patient, and, remember, very few cases are typical.
DHS firm on Kansas site for bio-defense research lab
By James M. Lewis
Despite a GAO report critical of its choice, the Department of Homeland Security remains committed to the Manhattan, Kan., site it chose for a new national bio-defense research laboratory and says it won't re-open the selection process.
AVMA Executive Board line-up changes
By Christina Macejko
A few new faces will gather around the table at the next American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board meeting.
The 5-to-7 ratio
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Violate the 5-to-7 ratio at your risk. That is the ratio between a veterinary practice's gross revenue and the cost of paraprofessional staff. Anything outside that ratio is bad for the practice.
Treating wounds of the equine distal limbs
By Ed Kane, PhD
Wounds of the lower limbs of the horse can be challenging to treat successfully, especially those that may involve tendons, ligaments and synovial (joint) spaces.
Wisconsin DVM to run for AVMA president
By Rachael Whitcomb
A Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association past president, Dr. Rene Carlson, is now in the running for the 2010 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) president-elect.
Humor
Inside the mind of a practical joker
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Meet practical joker Josh Kneeslapper, a man who claims to have tricked, outsmarted and sabotaged the veterinary profession successfully for four decades.
Reality check: a rural vet out of his element
The veterinarian describes his discomfort in leaving his quiet, rural environment to spend a few days in a major city where he and his wife were wined and dined, including an episode at a restaurant where the menu was entirely in French.
Business
The patient care disconnect: Assessing your liability when communication fails
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Legal liability is a potential problem for all businesses, including veterinarians. And the larger the business, the greater the risk.
Medicine
Surgery STAT: Examining options to treat feline inflammatory polyps
By Catriona MacPhail, DVM, DACVS
Feline inflammatory polyps are benign growths originating from the middle ear of cats and can result in upper-airway obstruction, otitis externa and otitis media. The two most common methods of removal are by traction and ventral bulla osteotomy.
Canine rehabilitation evolving to aid arthritic, post-op patients
By Linda Marie Wetzel
Dr. Darryl Millis, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, CCRP answers questions about the growth of rehabilitation therapy, common conditions encountered and how they are treated, advice to veterinarians and owners and his views on where the field is going.
Equine
$163 million could be raised for unwanted horses, survey says
By James M. Lewis
If horse owners and groups allied to them were to contribute money, as many who took part in a recent online survey indicated they were willing to do, they could make a substantial impact toward solving the nation's problem of unwanted and neglected horses.
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