DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2011
Diagnote
The healing power of laughter continues
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Giggles and guffaws can go a long way in making clients, team members and even ourselves feel better
News
Border crossing
By Rachael Whitcomb
Washington — Federal agencies charged with monitoring animal imports are spread too thin and don't have enough of a clear, overall vision to effectively keep animal diseases from entering the United States, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
CAPC, AHS weigh in on heartworm resistance issue
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Studies are in the works to determine the scope of heartworm resistance and are expected to be unveiled to the veterinary market in the next six months.
2010's most unusual surgical cases
Brea, Calif. — There were nearly 2,00 foreign body ingestion claims received over the past year, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI).
AAHA sounds off on feral cat study
By Rachael Whitcomb
Lincoln, Neb. — A new report advocating shooting as a suitable means of population control for feral cats is drawing the ire of several groups, including the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Advancing treatment of urolithiasis
By Donna Loyle
A Q&A with nephrology and veterinary urology specialist Jody Lulich
COE schedules accreditation visit to Ross University
St. Kitts, West Indies — The Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is slated to get a visit from the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) this month.
CSU turns focus to bedside manner
By Rachael Whitcomb
Fort Collins, Colo. — Often, veterinarians cite client relationships as one of their most difficult challenges.
Chicago DVM accused of covering up dog fights
By Rachael Whitcomb
Chicago — A Park Forest veterinarian who allegedly covered up dog fights and issued fraudulent rabies certifications, among other things, has been arrested.
Dog bites on the rise, study suggests
Washington — The number of people admitted to the hospital because of dog bites increased by 86 percent between 1993 and 2008.
EEE surge blamed on economy
By Chris Sweeney
Lansing, Mich. — The effects of Michigan's woeful economy are far reaching. State unemployment is in the double digits, industries have been gutted, and horse owners may be failing to properly care for their animals in order to save a few bucks.
FDA releases antimicrobial sales totals
Rockville, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration recently released a report summarizing sales and distribution of data of antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals.
FDA revisits pet-food recall
By Rachael Whitcomb
Rockville, Md. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently offered a retrospective on how it responded to the pet-food recall in 2007.
Federal healthcare reform brings big changes to GHLIT
Schaumburg, Ill. — Federal health-care reform measures are resulting in a number of changes with the American Veterinary Medical Association's Group Health and Life Insurance Trust.
Financing education the biggest challenge for deans
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — More than hald of the veterinary deans surveyed believe that budget and finances in a time of fiscal restraint remain their biggest challenges, according to a new joint study.
Former Florida CVM dean takes over as president at University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. — Former University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Joseph A. DiPietro was named the 24th president at the University of Tennessee.
Great Britain VMAs ask vets to report c-sections
Great Britain — British veterinary associations are asking veterinarians in the United Kingdom to report cesarean sections on purebred dogs.
HOD considers annual dues increase, online voting records
By Rachael Whitcomb
Chicago — Another annual dues increase and a move to make voting records accessible online are among the items up for consideration by the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) House of Delegates at its winter session Jan. 8 in Chicago.
In the public eye
By Daniel R. Verdon
Baltimore — Veterinarians need to engage the public in dialogue about animal-welfare issues.
Livestock board votes on Ohio's first set of euthanasia rules
Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board proposed new rules that may become the state's first set of livestock euthanasia standards.
New Jersey DVMs can earn CE credit for volunteer services
Trenton, N.J. — Volunteer services now can count for up to 10 percent of continuing education requirements for New Jersey veterinarians.
New swine center slated for Iowa State campus
Urbandale, Iowa — A new swine medicine education center is coming to Iowa State University.
Ohio State dean leads infectious disease collaboration
Columbus, Ohio —Dr. Lonnie King recently was appointed to lead a new Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program at The Ohio State University.
Oklahoma City zoo planning new $9 million veterinary hospital
Oklahoma City — The Oklahoma City Zoo is preparing to build a new $9 million veterinary hospital that will feature areas for public viewing.
Ohio State researcher named to the Institute of Medicine
Columbus, Ohio — Michael Lairmore, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University recently was named to the national Institute of Medicine.
Oklahoma dean to step down; search for replacement already underway
Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Scienes Dean Dr. Michael D. Lorenz announced recently that his tenure as dean is coming to a close.
Online pet pharmacy report
By Rachael Whitcomb
Pompano Beach, Fla. — Online sales are up 4.1 percent at PetMed Express, Inc., but revenues are still on the decline, leading the company to boost its presence in the pet supplies market, according to a second-quarter financial statement.
Pet owner or guardian?
By Stephanie Fellenstein
National Report — As more and more municipalities consider replacing "pet owner" with "pet guardian" in their animal laws, veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) say the change is bad for business.
Post-mortem on the Gulf oil spill
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Nearly 7,000 animals died in the Gulf of Mexico following the worst man-made disaster in U.S. history.
Urban farming
By Alicia Karapetian
National Report — Most urban- and suburban-based DVMs expect to see plenty of dogs and cats, but the increasing number of cities allowing backyard chickens could mean more birds will be flocking to local veterinarians' offices.
Utah State gains approval for new vet school collaboration
Salt Lake City, Utah — The Utah Board of Regents voted in favor of the creation of a new veterinary program collaboration at Utah State University (USU) Dec. 9.
Washington classifies heartworm as reportable
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Heartworm is now a reportable condition in the state of Washington.
Humor
Conquering flea-nial
By Michael A. Obenski
Whenever Mrs. Bicker walks into the office, I know that we are in for a "TnT" situation.
Looking for the easy chair
At 6 p.m. on a Friday, Dr. Glenn Blodgett was looking forward to putting another stressful week of running a veterinary clinic behind him.
Surgery STAT
Laparoscopic ovariectomy: A minimally invasive alternative
By Nicole J. Buote, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
In place of traditional ovariohysterectomies, consider this technique, which results in a quicker recovery time as well as less pain.
Business
Be the business
By Andrew Roark, DVM, MS
Veterinarians, generally speaking, are not self-centered people.
Become cat confidential
By Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM
In my November 2010 column, I talked about breed-specific wellness plans as an example of a new, better and different healthcare service to offer dogs.
Location: It's one of your most important considerations
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Like Bill O'Reilly, I have a word for the day. Today's word is "no."
Practicing in the new economic reality
Well, it's all finished, and I am so relieved! The Great Recession is over!
Equine
Exploring equine fungal keratitis treatments
By Avi Black
Tackling painful corneal ulcerations in horses is a common occurance.
Moyer appointed AAEP president
Baltimore — Dr. Bill Moyer will lead the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in 2011.
New Bolton Center launching equine home nursing program
Kennett Square, Pa. — The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine launched Equi-Assist, an equine home-nursing program Dec. 6.
Poisoning in the feed room
By Kenneth Marcella, DVM
Although rare, feed-associated poisoning in horses occurs, sometimes with fatal consequences.
AAEP's guidelines for veterinarians focus on medication use at the racetrack
By Ed Kane, PhD
The AAEP Clinical Guidelines for Veterinarians Practicing in a Pari-Mutuel Environment are designed as an evolving document to recommend various veterinary procedures "to put the health and safety of racing horses first."
Small Animal
Noise reactivities and phobias in dogs: Implementing effective drug therapy
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Dogs with noise phobias can benefit from drugs given before or during an anxiety-provoking event or even as lifelong daily drug therapy.
Tooth eruption and exfoliation in dogs and cats
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Keep in mind that eruption is controlled by genetic, environmental, infectious and traumatic factors.
Tracheal stenting for tracheal collapse
By Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM , Chick Weisse, VMD, DACVS
When medical management is no longer adequate, patients with tracheal collapse need more aggressive surgical intervention.
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