DVM360 MAGAZINE, Feb 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Feb 1, 2011
News
Taking the pulse of 2011 and beyond
By Rachael Whitcomb
General practice remains at a crossroads; hastened by the economy, specialization
Rise and fall
By Daniel R. Verdon
Orlando, Fla. — The majority of pet owners question the need for regular veterinary care.
Adoptions up for cats, but flat for dogs over the last year
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — The number of dogs adopted from animal welfare organizations was flat over the last year, but cat adoptions increased 3 percent, according to recent figures from Pet Point, an animal management software ompany.
Sick-animal behavior in healthy cats
By Rachael Whitcomb
Change of routine can actually trigger behaviors.
Arkansas bill seeks to redefine 'husbandry'
Little Rock, Ark. — Legislation introduced in Arkansas would exclude animal husbandry from the veterinary practice act.
CDV outbreak results in mass euthanasia at Kansas kennel
By Rachael Whitcomb
Topeka, Kan. — More than 1,000 dogs were euthanized as a last resort to thwart a canine distemper virus (CDV) outbreak at a USDA-licensed Kansas kennel, reports Dr. Bill Brown, Kansas' Livestock Commissioner.
California producer files suit to clarify Prop 2 requirements
By Rachael Whitcomb
Modesto, Calif. — a poultry producer filed a civil suit in California seeking specific directions on how to comply with the controversial Prop 2.
Cornell carcass digester spills into Ithaca sewers, manufacturing error to blame
Ithaca, N.Y. — An accidental discharge of 1,600 gallons from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine carcass digester Dec. 10-11 has been attributed to a programming error.
For the cause
By Stephanie Skernivitz
North Bend, Ore. — An Oregon veterinarian and her husband shaved their heads to draw attention to the plight of shelter animals in their community.
Improvement needed on animal cruelty identification
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — A new study by the American Society for the pRevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says that only 19 percent of law enforcement officers are trained in handling crimes against animals, even though 78 percent acknowledge there is a link between animal abuse and other violent crimes.
Missouri, Louisiana team up to reverse rural vet shortage
St. Joseph, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are working together to establish a National Food Animal Veterinary Institute in Missouri.
Ohio State offers one-of-a-kind veterinary public health degree
Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio State University is accepting applications for its veterinary public health master's degree—the first of its kind in the country.
Purdue plans enrollment increase
West Lafayette, Ind. — Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine is increasing enrollment in response to projections of a veterinarian shortage in the coming years.
Schmidt to serve as next AVMA treasurer
Schaumburg, Ill. — Dr. Barbara A. Schmidt was selected to serve as treasurer for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Some Calif. flea and tick products must now include warning labels
By Rachael Whitcomb
San Francisco — Flea and tick products sold in California containing the chemical propoxur now must include a warning label.
Survey says pets more reliable than people
By Rachael Whitcomb
Toronto, Ontario — More than half of Canadian pet owners polled recently by Harris/Decima say animals are more reliable than people.
The price trap
By Cheryl Higley
National Report — Consumers still reeling from the economic fallout of the past few years continue to tighten their belts and rein in spending.
Veterinary researchers identify primary route of infection for FMD in cattle
National Report — A new study by researchers at USDA's Plum Island Animal Disease Center and Colorado State University has traced the route of infection of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus.
Humor
Ann Tiquity: A client we have all grown to love
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Perhaps you're one of those individuals who suffer from the delusion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Being a veterinarian is not for the weak of heart, mind or stomach
A kid reconsiders his veterinary aspirations after suiting up for a surgery.
Business
21 elements of a successful practice
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Don't settle for second place. Take home the gold—and more green—when you offer clients five-star services.
Do you qualify for these tax breaks?
By Mark E. Battersby
Find out what the 2010 Tax Relief Act means for you and your veterinary practice.
Don't be an unintentional not-for-profit practice
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Learn how to charge appropriate fees to maximize your profits.
When non-compete contracts get out of hand
There is a time and place for non-compete contracting in the veterinary practice.
Equine
Laminitis treatment: A practical approach
By Andrea E. Floyd, DVM
One practitioner's 13-step protocol to help horses suffering from this painful condition.
Reinforcement breeding: Ensuring mares are successfully bred
By Ed Kane, PhD
This breeding technique can help with both mare and stallion management.
Seal of approval for animal supplements
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
The NASC seeks to protect and enhance the integrity of the animal health product industry.
Small Animal
Defining dental malocclusions in dogs
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
When teeth don't line up correctly, pain and further dental problems are likely.
Diagnosing dermatologic disorders in dogs
By Tom Lewis, DVM, Dipl. ACVD , Andrew Rosenfeld, DVM, DABVP
Hundreds of skin diseases affecting domestic dogs have been recognized and reported. Here's how to sort through them.
Getting dogs back on their paws
By Donna Loyle
A Q&A with canine physical rehabilitation expert Darryl Millis, DVM.
Pain management: The positive effects on your practice and patients
By Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, CVPP
Adopting a pain management culture can benefit all stakeholders involved in patient care.
Physical therapists aren't masseuses
By Janet Van Dyke, DVM , Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach, MSPT, CCRP, CCRT
Why you should consider adding this highly trained medical professional to your rehabilitation team.
Medicine
Minimize medication mistakes with client education
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Carl Osborne discusses how adverse events are often caused by miscommunication.
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