DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2011 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Nov 1, 2011
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On guard
By Rachael Whitcomb
Threats to personal, business and client privacy can come from all directions.
Rx debate: Washington state prescription-monitoring program causing 'huge burden' for DVMs
By Rachael Whitcomb
Olympia, Wash. — A new prescription-monitoring program that went into effect in early October is already causing so many headaches for Washington practitioners that the state veterinary medical association is pushing for an exemption for the veterinary profession.
Drug shortages: The new norm?
By Rachael Whitcomb
Drug shortages are becoming more common, and the trend could be getting worse, veterinary officials report.
CSU uses distraction osteogenesis technique to help lengthen dog's leg
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Fort Collins, Colo. — To save a dog's leg, a veterinary orthopedic surgeon tried something radical.
The Incredible Dr. Pol
By Rachael Whitcomb
Weidman, Mich. — At 69, one would think Dr. Jan Pol, a mixed-animal veterinarian, might start to take it easy.
USDA wants to toughen health requirements for imported dogs
By Daniel R. Verdon
Washington, D.C. — USDA is considering new health requirements for dogs imported into the United States.
N.Y. Senator rallies for furosemide ban
Albany, N.Y. — New York Senator Thomas Duane says he intends to introduce legislation calling for a statewide ban on the use of furosemide for any horse participating in a state-sanctioned horse race.
GAO chides federal agencies for lack of data on antimicrobial use, resistance
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — The federal agencies charged with monitoring antimicrobial use and resistance are not doing a good enough job of collecting data, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
10 tips to improve productivity and morale
By Julie Pavelich
National Report — Training: It's time consuming, some times costly, and it remains a constant frustration for most practice owners.
AAHA updates canine vaccine guidelines
By Rachael Whitcomb
Veterinary association reviews core and non-core vaccinations for dogs and cats, offers more information on adverse events.
AMC stem cell study to investigate intra-arterial injection for kidney disease
By Daniel R. Verdon
New York, N.Y. — A novel new study at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) is investigating the impact of intra-arterial injection of stem cells on chronic kidney disease in cats and protein-losing nephropathy in dogs.
AVMF earns four-star rating from charity watchdog
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has been awarded a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest independent evaluator of charities.
DVM enters plea deal on tax fraud charges
By Rachael Whitcomb
Greenville, Tenn. — A Tennessee veterinarian who operates a website supplying holistic medications for horses and companion animals entered a plea agreement with the federal government over charges he failed to pay taxes on nearly $2 million in earnings from his business.
FDA forges new outbreak response team
By Daniel R. Verdon
Rockville, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration reports it built a new network of epidemiologists and other public-health experts to improve response to human and animl foodborne illness outbreaks.
FDA funds food-safety program at UC-Davis
Davis, Calif. — A $1.3 million grant to develop a new food-safety training program for government and industry has been awarded to the University of California-Davis.
ISU, Priority Press launch veterinary law and ethics course
Ames, Iowa — A new 15-hour Veterinary Law and Ethics course is set to make its debut in January.
Ill. to allow stable owners to enforce liens to cover veterinary bills, other costs
Springfield, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers will now allow stable owners to use a lien law to maintain possession of a horse due to unpaid expenses, including veterinary care.
Nonsurgical sterilization research gives birth to new veterinary tools
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Researchers are making progress in the push to create new methods for non-surgical sterilization.
Purdue announces new wellness program for pet owners in need
West Lafayette, Ind. — Cash-strapped pet owners around Indianapolis are eligible for a new program announced in late September by the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Rewards eventually outweigh challenges of a new practice
By Stephanie Fellenstein
National Report — Veterinarians starting a new pratice in today's economy say they have learned to accept the challenges along with the rewards.
Southern California veterinary practices targeted in new thefts
By Rachael Whitcomb
Irvine, Calif. — Veterinary practices have been targeted in a string of veterinary drug and product thefts over the last few months, according to the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA).
Supply-side economics
By Daniel R. Verdon
Portland, Ore. — The greatest opportunities in veterinary medicine have yet to be realized.
UGA leaders hopeful new veterinary school will be funded next year
By Rachael Whitcomb
Athens, Ga. — The University of Georgia (UGA) is inching forward on plan to build a new veterinary teaching hospital, and administrators are hopeful that groundbreaking could begin as early as next fall.
Wisconsin EEE outbreak expands
Madison, Wis. — Twenty-five cases of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been documented in Wisconsin since late August and the number of confirmed cases is expected to grow.
Humor
A capsule in time
By Michael A. Obenski
I was just about to administer a dose of vaccine when, for some unknown reason, I took a close look at the bottle.
A veterinary client's very different meaning for "nostalgia"
By Bo Brock, DVM
When "say what you mean, and mean what you say" fails miserably in the veterinary exam room
Small Animal
Canine housetraining: FAQs from clients
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
Be ready to answer these client questions to ensure a successful housetraining process.
Caring for your anesthetic unit and veterinary dental monitoring equipment
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Tips and tricks to ensure you don't ruin this essential, expensive equipment.
Is transient ischemic attack associated with high blood pressure in dogs?
By Pierre Bichsel, DVM, Dipl. ECVN, Dipl. ACVIM (neurology) , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
This typically human disorder may occur in dogs as well.
Physical rehabilitation: How I transitioned from human to canine patients
By Shari Sprague, MPT, CCRT
A physical therapist shares her story.
San Antonio veterinary hospital, kennel battle canine influenza outbreak
By Daniel R. Verdon
About 30 cases of H3N8 canine influenza were confirmed and 60 others were suspected.
Understanding veterinary anethesia
Dr. Victoria Lukasik busts a myth and offers a tip on how to subdue a fractious cat.
Equine
AAEP releases new clinical guidelines for non-racing competition horses
By Rachael Whitcomb
The guidelines were develop to promote medical practices that place emphasis on the health, safety and welfare of performance horses.
Catastrophic breakdown in Pa. calls for tracks to better prepare for emergency veterinary care
By Rachael Whitcomb
A fatal injury of a racehorse during training has some questioning the racetrack's responsibility in maintaining a veterinarian on call even during non-racing events.
Equine epidemiology: The search for all contributors to disease
By Ed Kane, PhD
This field of science tries to encompass all potential causes, not just one principal one
The myth of equine hypothyroidism
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Evidence-based medicine calls into question whether this disorder truly exists.
Understanding the disease progression of abnormal hoof anatomy, Part 1
By Andrea E. Floyd, DVM
The mathematical needs of lower grades of laminitis.
Business
20 easy steps to better veterinary team members
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
The very best veterinary team members—and job applicants—do these things
How do our clients recognize that we care?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Eugene Nwaokorie, DVM, MS
Many of our clients won't care how much we know, until they know how much we care.
Manage veterinary clients' requests for special treatment
By Andrew Roark, DVM, MS
Veterinary clients aren't kings and queens. It's OK to react reasonably when a client insists on special treatment
Market Watch: Parasites and their impact on the human-animal bond
By Michael Paul, DVM
Parasites have always existed, but owner awareness has greatly increased as the human-animal bond has expanded.
The deadly middle: Why veterinary practices' fee structure is failing
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
"Not too high, not too low" doesn't work for fees. Veterinarians' low self-esteem could bankrupt our profession
Understand the "new normal" in veterinary-client privacy
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Be informed and protect your veterinary practice from a bevy of legal headaches
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