DVM360 MAGAZINE, Oct 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Oct 1, 2011
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An ounce of prevention
By Christina Macejko
Can wellness really turn around the profession? Preventive health guidelines aim to spur client communication, boost practice visits.
Shrinking caseload ignites $5 million initiative
By Rachael Whitcomb
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) committed $5 million toward a new campaign to improve the economics of the veterinary profession.
Diverters sue veterinary wholesaler
By Rachael Whitcomb
Wholesaler's financial woes draw lawsuits by veterinarians who claim to have lost thousands.
Debt crisis looms for veterinary students
By Daniel R. Verdon
When it comes to the economics of veterinary education, the future is unsustainable for most students.
Approach social media strategically to benefit veterinary practice goals
By Rachael Whitcomb
Halifax, Canada — Two to four hours per week on a social networking site can have a positive impact on your business, according to a new study by Dr. Michael Warren, a practicing veterinarian and owner of DVMelite, a web development company for veterinary practices.
Bjorling named associate dean of research at UW-Madison
Madison, Wis. — Long-time professor Dale Bjorling, DVM, has been named associate dean for research and graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Vetrinary Medicine.
Calif. inches closer to mandatory microchipping
Sacramento, Calif. — Microchipping pets is on the verge of becoming mandatory in California, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation presented to him Aug. 30.
District court rules in favor of veterinary compounding pharmacy
By Rachael Whitcomb
Ocala, Fla. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lost its first attempt at shutting down a veterinary compounding operation Sept. 12, when a U.S. District Court denied its motion for a permanent injunction against Franck's Pharmacy of Ocala, Fla.
Entering the flood zone
By Christina Macejko
Minot, N.D. — An extremely snowy winter followed by a very wet spring gave residents in the small town of Minot, N.D., an idea a flood was coming, but the damage left by back-to-back floods this summer was unimaginable.
Equine veterinarians report of prevalence of certain equine pathogens
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Davis, Calif. — In a first study of its kind, veterinarians across the country reported on the prevalance of certain common pathogens among the equine population.
Flood zone: Veterinarian helps coordinate relocation of zoo animals
By Christina Macejko
Minot, N.D. — Officials at the Roosevelt Park Zoo are attempting to rebuild the home of more than 250 animals displaced as a result of flooding earlier this year.
HSUS delivers another $200,000 to LSU shelter medicine program
Baton Rouge — Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine received $200,000 from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for its shelter medicine program.
Lab veterinarian sues Michigan university of termination
By Rachael Whitcomb
Detroit, Mich. — Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz, former clinical veterinarian and director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources at the Wayne County Community College District Veterinary Technology Program at Wayne State University, is suing the school, alleging she was fired in retaliation for protesting the university's laboratory animal practices and for her age.
Long-time patron bequeaths $7.6 million to UC-Davis
By Rachael Whitcomb
Davis, Calif. — A landmark donation—one of the largest ever received by the veterinary college—pulls the University of California-Davis closer to its billion-dollar fundraising goal.
Moyer honored for contributions to shelter medicine
Philadelphia — University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's Michael R. Moyer, VMA, is the recipient of the 2011 Delaware County SPCA Animal Welfare Leadership Award.
Ohio to crack down on use taxes; offers 'amnesty program' for small businesses
By Rachael Whitcomb
Columbus, Ohio — As more veterinarians buys products over the Internet from out-of-state suppliers, Ohio says it will crack down to make sure they are collecting often-forgotten use taxes.
Ohio veterinarians given sole discretion over equine tail docking
Columbus, Ohio — Only licensed veterinarians may cut or amputate a horse's tail—and only if medically necessary, according to a new Ohio law.
Pa. DVM pioneers stem cell treatment on neglect case
By Rachael Whitcomb
When police found him, Bernie had severe, third-degree burns on all four feet, and on his back and belly.
Preventive health guidelines aim to spur client communication, boost practice visits
By Daniel R. Verdon
National Report — New preventive health guidelines for dogs and cats were recently unleashed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Regional spikes in parvo cases don't signal a national trend, virologist says
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Parvovirus cases have spiked in some parts of the country, with veterinarians in New York and Arizona reporting increases of 75 percent and 330 percent, respectively.
Shelters must scan for microchips, twice
Springfield, Ill. — Animals tken into custody by animal-control officers or shelters in Illinois must now be scanned for microchips or checked for other identification within 24 hours, according to a new law that takes effect Jan. 12, 2012.
Shomer Award posthumously awarded to veterinary dean Franlin M. Loew
North Grafton, Mass. — Former dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Franklin M. Loew, DVM, PhD, was posthumously awarded that 2011 Robert Shomer Award at the AVMA Convention in St. Louis in recognition of his significant contributions to veterinary medical ethics.
Summit nets thought leaders to address professional issues
By Daniel R. Verdon
Student debt, economy and declining veterinary visits all headlined this year's 2011 Pet Healthcare Industry Summit sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital.
Texas law sets standards for pet breeders
Austin, Texas — Dog and cat breeders in Taxas have new licensing requirements.
Thomas lands NBVME award
Bar Harbor, Maine — R. Michael Thomas, DVM, of Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded the 2011 NBVME award by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
UC-Davis develops vaccines for Rift Valley fever
Davis, Calif. — Veterinarians at the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) say they have developed two genetically engineered vaccines to combat Rift Valley fever, a mosquito-borne disease that affects livestock in the Middle East and Africa.
USDA announces new directive aimed at improving humane handling enforcement
Washington — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) developed new tools and guidelines that it hopes will ensure humane treatment and slaughter of livestock.
Veterinarians honor 9/11 responders on 10-year anniversary
By Daniel R. Verdon
Jersey City, N.J. — Fifty-one members of Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) responded following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Veterinary homeopathy group sues over continuing education credit denial
By Rachael Whitcomb
Leucadia, Calif. — The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) has asked a Virginia circuit court to award it more than $70,000 in damages after its continuing education (CE) courses were denied approval by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Committee.
Webster Veterinary acquires Long Island distributor
Devens, Mass. — Webster Veterinary acquired American Veterinary Supply Corp., a full-service veterinary distributor on Long Island that serves about 2,000 veterinary practices and hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.
Work underway on vaccine to control wild horse population
Denver — A partnership between the Colorado Horse Development Authority (CHDA) and the Morris Animal Foundation could result in a fertility vaccine meant to control the population of wild horses.
Business
How to starve the energy vampire
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Keep your thoughts and actions positive to starve one of the practicing veterinarian's worst enemies.
Keep your eyes on the veterinary practice interview: How women differ from men in the hiring process
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
If you have trouble with constant veterinary team turnover and filling open positions, take stock of your communication
Re-establish your veterinarian role as teacher to boost visits and revenue
By Michael Paul, DVM
Make eye contact. Shake hands. Get to know your clients, and become the trusted veterinary authority you should be.
Roadside service for your veterinary practice
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Look to associate veterinarian compensation and location for the reasons your practice has a flat (revenue)
The veterinary business wheel needs to keep turning
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
How your veterinary practice compares to success in other industries—and why you should pay attention
Small Animal
Elimination training tips
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Helpful pointers to give clients to humanely housetrain their dogs.
Highlights in feline dermatology
By Avi Blake, DVM
A grab-bag of interesting skin diseases in cats from the CVC.
The perils of anesthesia-free dentistry
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Nonprofessional dental scaling misses serious disease below the gum line and can damage teeth.
Treating nasopharyngeal stenosis: A case study
By Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM , Chick Weisse, VMD, DACVS
See how interventional radiography and endoscopy can help you identify and treat this abnormality in this case study.
Equine
Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis: Etiology, diagnosis and treatment
By Ed Kane, PhD
Early identification is key in this widespread neurologic disease.
Humor
Madam Ouija's second opinion shouldn't be in the cards
By Michael A. Obenski
You may be familiar with the bumber sticker "Stuff happens" or something to that effect.
The true test of veterinary client loyalty
By Bo Brock, DVM
See what the human-animal bond looks like—err, tastes like
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