DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2011
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The rise of animal law
By Alicia Karapetian
Shifting societal perceptions, and a lot of money, fueling popularity.
Contract dispute erupts in court
By Rachael Whitcomb
ISU sues DVMs for breach of contract, veterinarians file monopoly countersuit.
A road to recovery
By Rachael Whitcomb
Nashville, Tenn. — Crossing your fingers and hoping it never happens to you is not an effective disaster management plan.
AVMF offers many forms of disaster assistance
By Rachael Whitcomb
Schaumburg, Ill. — Whether a veterinarian has helped animals impacted by disaster or lost it all in a catastrophe, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation has several resources at the DVM's disposal.
Arkansas eyes new veterinary program
By Rachael Whitcomb
Magnolia, Ark. — Southern Arkansas University officials are talking about a new veterinary school.
Arkansas lawmakers consider big changes to veterinary practice act
Little Rock, Ark. — Arkansas lawmakers are considering multiple exemptions that would officially allow non-DVMs to perform procedures like castration and dehorning of agricultural animals.
Bill would award veterinary expenses to pet owners following dog attacks
Hartford, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers are eyeing legislation that would compensate owners of animals that are killed or maimed by other dogs.
CSU forms spin-off to develop new products
Fort Collins, Colo. — A new company called VetDC will serve as a new arm of Colorado State University (CSU) to develop and market new products for the veterinary market.
Catalyst survey documents DVMs' perceptions on cat care
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — Nearly one-third of the veterinary professionals surveyed don't typically bring their own cat in for an annual wellness examination.
Colleges continue search for new veterinary deans
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — The search for new deans of Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and the University of California-Davis' (UC-Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine are well underway.
Colorado seeks VCPR exemption for drug dispensing
Denver — Veterinarians who help a colleague provide a needed medication to a patient will be exempt from any disciplinary action if a new Senate bill is passed.
Disaster preparedness: Planning for the worst, hoping for the best
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — All disasters start locally. According to Dr. Heather Case, it's a concept that drives emergency response during catastrophic events.
E-mail rhetoric heats up from PetMed Express
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Expect client backlash if you decide not fax prescription authorization to 1-800-PetMeds.
Elanco makes offer on Janssen Animal Health
Indianapolis — Elano, the animal-health division of Eli Lilly and Co., has made an upspecified offer to acquire the animal-health portfolio owned by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Johnson & Johnson company.
Florida clinics could face more regulation
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida lawmakers want the state's Board of Veterinary Medicine to set minimum standards for vaccination clinics.
Foot-and-mouth disaster
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Re-emergence of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on American farms may be inevitable, reports a public health expert.
Hawaii mulls new CE requirements
Honolulu — Lawmakers in Hawaii are considering new continuing education (CE) requirements for veterinarians.
Kan. veterinarian-client confidentiality bill stalls
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Topeka, Kan. — It was designed to protect veterinary/client confidentiality, but pushback from the state veterinary board may table a state bill's chances to move forward this year.
Local Colorado outbreak in dogs stymies vets, labs
By Rachael Whitcomb
Durango, Colo. — About 150 dogs in Durango, Colo., have fallen ill with one local veterinarian can only call a "mystery."
Mississippi to allow chiropractors to practice on animals
Jackson, Miss. — A new law, approved by the governor March 8, will allows chiropractors to treat animal patients on referral from a veterinarian.
More than skin deep
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Fort Pierce, Fla. — The media spotlight once again shone on veterinary medicine in a less-than-traditional way.
Nebraska considers non-DVM embryo transplants
Lincoln, Neb. — If passed, non-veterinarians would be able to perform limited reproductive services in Nebraska, according to new legislation.
Tale of survival highlights importance of spaying, neutering
By Stephanie Fellenstein
Sulphur, Okla. — After cheating death and surviving a frigid night in a Dumpster, Wall-E the puppy is somewhat of a celebrity.
Tufts receives patent for E. coli treatment
Grafton, Mass. — Veterinarians at Tufts University discovered a new treatment for people suffering from E. coli poisoning.
U of Minnesota opens Animal Trauma Center
St. Paul, Min. — The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center has opened a new trauma center designed to mimic the human model for clinical trauma care.
Veterinarians may have to provide new information to clients
Harrisburg, Pa. — Veterinarians in Pennsylvania may be required to provide pet owners better documentation about medication usage, dosages and contraindications if drugs are administered outside the veterinary hospital.
WSAVA adds nutrition to five vital assessments
Dundas, Ontario — The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) crafted a set of global nutrition guidelines consistent with those released last year by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Business
2011, another year of conflict for veterinarians
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Even in these difficult times, you can grow your practice by focusing on productivity
Be a good gossip: Part 2
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Be a good gossip: Part 2
Veterinarians: Are you the next Donald Trump?
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Do you have what it takes to create your own successful side business?
24 tips to endear clients to your veterinary practice
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
If you make clients want to come back, you won't have to worry about the veterinary practice down the road
Small Animal
Correcting ectopic ureters in juvenile dogs
By Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM , Chick Weisse, VMD, DACVS
Cystoscopic-guided laser ablation is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for these congenital anomalies.
How to close intraoral wounds and incisions
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Check out these best practices for choosing dental sutures, needles and suturing methods.
How to identify inappropriate feline elimination
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
The most common concern expression by clients about their cats' behavior involves inappropriate elimination.
Spotlight on Lyme disease
By Donna Loyle
Dr. Susan E. Little address the epidemiology and treatment of this tick-borne disease.
Surgery STAT: An overview of primary hyperparathyroidism in dogs
By Kathleen Ham, DVM, DACVS
This condition may be more common than you think, so evaluate all dogs with increased calcium concentrations.
Equine
AAEP white paper offers guidance on approval process for medical devices
By Ed Kane, PhD
While this document does not address equipment such as syringes, needles and radiographic units, it does focus on devices marketed in the liquid form, for use exclusively within veterinary medicine.
Food allergies in horses: From hypersensitivity to a leaky gut
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Food allergy in horses is a confusing, poorly understood and sometimes controversial topic.
Wild-horse roundup necessary, but not enough, officials say
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — While the Bureau of Land Management is going to increase attempts at using birth control to keep wild-horse populations in check this year, an internal report reveals that much more is needed to make the program sustainable.
Humor
The client who wouldn't leave
By Michael A. Obenski
I hurried into the exam room and uttered my usual cheery "Good morning!" before realizing that no one else was there.
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