DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2010 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2010
News
States crack down on puppy mills
By Rachael Whitcomb
At last count, 287,000 dogs crossed U.S. borders, and officials fear importation problems are getting worse.
AKC registrations continue to decline
By Daniel R. Verdon
While new laws are closing puppy mills, they also are putting reputable breeders out of business.
New research reveals 155 regions in canine genome likely influenced by selective breeding
By Mindy Valcarcel
Seattle — Researchers at the University of Washington have scanned the genomes of 275 unrelated dogs to discover what role human selection has had in purebred dogs. In the process, they identified 155 regions that they believe have been affected by selective breeding.
School cuts deepen
By Rachael Whitcomb
Vet schools have lost up to $50 million in state funding, and now Penn faces a new 30 percent cut.
Haiti's hard recovery
By Rachael Whitcomb
Port-au-Prince, Haiti — In the good times, before the earthquakes pounded the impoverished island, thousands of dogs roamed free.
Delaware state vet granted control over licensing of exotics
Dover, Del. — The Delaware state veterinarian now will have greater power over the ownership, sale, display and rehabilitation of exotic animals.
Dog-nappings grab lawmakers' attention
Albany, N.Y. — A sharp increase in "dog-nappings" recorded by the American Kennel Club (AKC) last year has resulted in the introduction of two new laws in New York that would make pet theft penalties more harsh.
Examining this year's risks for vector-borne diseases
By Susan Ruiz Patton
National Report — Vector-borne diseases have the attention of the nation's parasitologists this year. And they are watching for signs of migration and disease spread.
NAVC panelists address veterinary workforce trends, student debt
By Daniel R. Verdon
Orlando — How insidious is escalating veterinary student debt?
Virginia law would create new animal welfare committees
Richmond, Va. — Virginia lawmakers are takin gnote of the animal-welfare movement and have decided to create a new subcommittee to give greater attention to the state's welfare issues.
AVMA Executive Board cites need for guidelines on carcass disposal
Schaumburg, Ill. — Many changes were made by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board during its fall and winter meetings, though most of the changes were of the minor "housekeeping" variety.
Arizona rabies spike blamed on skunks
By Chris Sweeney
National Report — In Arizona, skunk rabies is on the incline, despite notd decreases in reported cases for the rest of the country.
Humor
Expect surprises working with spouse
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
It's a whole new set of challenges.
Country mouse visits the city
It must be written on my forehead: "Small town." Trips to big cities always leave me feeling stupid.
Business
Compensation: Strike the right balance
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Happy associates deliver great customer service. Pay them right.
Arm your leases against inflation
By Marsha L. Heinke DVM, EA, CPA, CVPM
Today's veterinary practice owners wisely are devising short-term strategies for managing operational expenses such as payroll and supply costs.
The state of your practice is in jeopardy
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
There is little doubt that we, as a profession, are suffering the multiple effects of not-enough-self-­interest.
Small Animal
Heartworm: An emerging disease
By Tom Nelson, DVM
Heartworm: An emerging disease? It may seem to be an odd title when you consider Dirofilaria immitis was discovered in Italy in 1626, and the first reported case in the United States was in 1847.
Ear edge dermatitis: Look beyond scabies
By Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD
Ear edge dermatoses in dogs can consist of alopecia, seborrhea, crusting, ulceration and necrosis.
Monitoring anesthetized dental patients: the five-parameter approach
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Clients frequently express concern about the anesthesia their dogs or cats need for professional oral evaluation and care.
Surgery STAT: Diagnosis and surgical management of atresia ani in small animals
By Gary W. Ellison, DVM, MS, DACVS
Atresia ani is a congenital embryological anomaly in which the hindgut fails to fully communicate with the perineum.
Stones in the wild: A Pet Rock study
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Remember Pet Rocks? They might have been a short-lived fad, but I think they're still alive and well in the U.S.
Equine
Racing safety spurs new rules
By Chris Sweeney
Lexington, Ky. — Monitoring the use of medications in performance horses is no easy task.
The usual suspects
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
The trials of diagnosing neurologic disorders.
Treating gastric ulcers in racehorses
By Ed Kane, PhD
This common disease in Thoroughbred racehorses hurts performance.
Opinion/Analysis
The new-graduate conundrum
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
The cost of an advanced degree is becoming nearly impossible for graduates to pay in a reasonable time.
Commentary
What pet planet are you from?
By Michael A. McLaughlin, DVM
An author once suggested that neither gender was indigenous to Earth, each having arrived from a different planet with divergent philosophies. My observation suggests a similar dichotomy between groups of pet owners and veterinarians.
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