DVM360 MAGAZINE, Oct 1, 2009 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Oct 1, 2009
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State Oks funds for Tufts; Penn awaits budget action
By Rachael Whitcomb
Grafton, Mass. — After months of planning for the worst of budget cuts, Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is celebrating the Legislature's move to earmark $2.5 million for the school next year.
Health-care reform: what it means to practice owners, associates
By Rachael Whitcomb
Several new health-care reform bills are circulating and require individuals to carry insurance and businesses to offer it. A look at three of the leading ones and how they would impact veterinary practice owners and associates.
Racetrack horse deaths down only slightly despite safety reforms
By James M. Lewis
No one is exactly sure why, but the number of horse deaths at the nation's racetracks declined very little in 2008, despite ongoing industrywide efforts to raise health and safety standards.
New offshore veterinary college develops a one-of-a-kind partnership with Virginia Tech
By Rachael Whitcomb
Antigua, West Indies — In a first-of-its-kind agreement with a stateside veterinary college, a new offshore veterinary school offers students the chance to transfer directly into and graduated from an accredited U.S. program.
Economic recovery: less than robust, challenges remain, economist predicts
By Daniel R. Verdon
Leading economic indicators point to a market bottom and upturn, but the economy faces many challenges that potentially could derail a recovery, Philip J. Romero, dean of California State University's College of Business and Economics, told attendees at Banfield's 2009 Pet Health Care Summit.
Shrader calls on profession to help guide policy decisions in Washington
By Daniel R. Verdon
U.S. Rep. Kurt Shrader (D-Ore.), DVM, has been pulled into a number of discussions in Congress regarding public health, food safety and legislation targeting workforce expansion for veterinarians and calls on other DVMs and veterinary associations for input on policy decisions.
The veterinary practice manager's role increases during hard times
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Every practice, whatever its size, needs a strong, reliable manager to oversee associates and staff. Once trained, he or she should have a relatively free hand to deal with all management problems as they arise.
Banfield chief sees slow recovery for animal-health market
By Daniel R. Verdon
John Payne, president and CEO of Banfield, The Pet Hospital, thinks the worst is behind but doesn't foresee a dramatic or fast recovery for the animal-health market. He addressed about 100 leaders in the veterinary medical market at the 2009 Pet Health Care Industry Summit in Portland, Ore.
Proposed tax deduction for veterinary care draws mixed reaction
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Starting next year, practitioners might be able to add the words "tax deductible" to their discussions about fees.
Reported EEE cases up, WNV sharply down so far in 2009
By James M. Lewis
Reported cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) during the first eight months of 2009 already have surpassed last year's total in the United States, while West Nile virus (WNV) cases are sharply down from 2008, according to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The report was last updated Sept. 9.
Identity theft strikes Ohio clinic, clients lose thousands
By Rachael Whitcomb
Kettering, Ohio -- Michæl Rohrer worked at the front desk at Kettering Animal Hospital near Dayton, Ohio, for only a few months when police made the call.
Enforcement of federal ID theft rules starts Nov. 1
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Cases of identity theft, like those that took place at Kettering Animal Hospital, are not uncommonc, and are a reminder of how important it is to make plans to fight identity theft early on.
Risks, rewards of commission compensation
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Some practices will benefit from production-based compensation packages, while others could be injured by them.
Humor
Veterinarian roulette: It's usually played at 3 a.m.
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Some clients seem to go through the Yellow Pages looking for a veterinarian who will answer the phone at 3 a.m. to handle or discuss a problem that easily could have waited for daylight. That's how you play the game of veterinarian roulette.
The old man and the tree
It was closing time when the phone rang. The voice on the other end sounded liked the oldest living human. His prize heifer was down in a difficult delivery. So I headed out on what turned out to be a harrowing, after-dark chase in a 1977 sky-blue pickup truck.
Medicine
Periodontal disease in the horse
By Ed Kane, PhD
Up to 34 percent of horses of all ages experience some level of periodontal disease, but up to 60 percent of horses 13 years of age or older suffer from severe periodontal disease.
An unusual gingival lesion: the resolution
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Root-canal therapy was chosen to avoid surgery on the patient mentioned in the first two parts of this series. While root canal is very successful, not all cases respond. Additional therapy may be required.
Behavior medicine: Easing patient fear
By Gary Landsberg, DVM, BSc, DACVB , Theresa DePorter, DVM
Fearful and anxious pets require a gentle approach in the clinic or hospital, to minimize and hopefully reduce the pet's fear and prevent escalation.
Delivering supplemental oxygen to dogs and cats: a practical review
By Dennis T. (Tim) Crowe, Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, FCCM, DACHM, NREMT-I, CFF
Patients facing immediate, life-threatening conditions must have an inhaled oxygen concentration as high as possible. Eight additional methods are discussed in this second of two parts.
Surgery STAT:Diagnosis and treatment of juvenile canine hip dysplasia
By William B. Henry Jr., DVM, Dipl. ACVS
Because hip laxity is the No. 1 risk factor for developing osteoarthritis in the hip joint, it is ideal for all puppies to be evaluated during routine examination. Two methods to assist follow.
Are we winning the war against fleas?
By Brendan Howard
A question-and-answer interview with Dr. Michael Dryden, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University, about trends in flea biology, compliance and control.
Commentary
The traveling trophy
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
A walrus bone, the baculum, mounted on a plaque became a traveling trophy for the winner of the annual Illinois-Purdue softball game. When it was stolen, the effort to get it back led to a life-changing adventure.
Essay
Geodes: symbols of inner beauty
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
If we look below the surface, often we will find that, like geodes, each person is unique. Look into others as well as looking at them. We are certain to find more than meets the eye.
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