DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2012 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jan 1, 2012
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Jobs outlook for 2012
By Rachael Whitcomb
As competition heats up on the costs, Midwestern veterinary graduates may be the target of recruiting efforts.
Emotional damages debate heads to high court
By Rachael Whitcomb
The Texas Supreme Court will be asked to decide if non-economic damages should be awarded in a mistaken euthanasia case.
Veterinarian looks out for pets during Occupy Wall Street protest
By Rachael Whitcomb
New York City — Curiosity brought Dr. Konstantine Barsky to the Occupy Wall Street Camp at Zuccotti Park in late September. But it was concern for the camp's animl inhabitants that brought the veterinarian back for the next five weeks.
ASPCA, NYC advocacy groups call for reforms to city's carriage horse industry
By Rachael Whitcomb
New York City — A veterinarian suspended by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) after clarifying her own comments about the death of a carriage horse still has not been in contact with her employer.
AVMA condemns undercover video abuse
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) issued a statement condemning the actions unveiled in a recent undercover report airs by ABC News Nov. 18 depicting abuse at one of the nation's largest egg producers, Sparboe Farms.
Applicant pool higher than expected for new USU veterinary program
Salt Lake City, Utah — The number of applications was twice the number of available seats for the inaugural year of Utah State University's (USU) new veterinary program, which is in collaboration with Washington State University.
CAPC to direct efforts to consumer education
By Rachael Whitcomb
Bel Air, Md. — The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) believes revamping its parasite prevalence maps with real-time, localized information can help practitioners drive pet owners back into their clinics and reclaim their position as the experts on animal health.
California DVM wants clinical trial on medical use of marijuana in pets
By Rachael Whitcomb
Chatsworth, Calif. — A California relief veterinarian is polling pet owners about the use of medical marijuana in animals with the goal of using the survey's results to leverage a clinical study about the drug's efficacy in relieving pet pain.
FDA scraps 12-year-old petition to pull antibiotic approvals for food animals
By Rachael Whitcomb
Rockville, Md. — Twelve years after filing a petition calling for the phase-out of non-medical uses of antibiotics in food animals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently denied these petitions by saying withdrawing approvals for certain antimicrobail uses in food animals would consume too much of the agency's time and resources.
Judge dismisses harassment claims against former LSU researcher
By Rachael Whitcomb
Baton Rouge, La. — Weeks before a Baton Rouge court ultimately threw out a request for a protective order by a Louisiana State University (LSU) graduate student against Marc, Boudreaux, assistant director at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine Lab, the university confirmed that it had terminated the veterinary researcher.
KC Corridor elects new leadership; Kansas okays bonds for NBAF
Kansas City — The KC Animal Health Corridor has a simple vision, and the results will help shape a market for the future.
Misuse of spot-on flea/tick products fuels EPA mandate fo label changes
Washington — Manufacturers of spot-on flea-and-tick products have six months to make labeling changes, according to a new directive from the Environmental Protection Agency, to address increasing adverse events associated with the misapplication of these products by pet owners.
New York outlines CE requirements for DVMs, technicians
Albany, N.Y. — Veterinarians in New York may soon be required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years, according to a proposed amendment to the state's education regulations.
President Obama, FDA employ new strategies against drug shortages
By Rachael Whitcomb
National Report — Atropine sulfate has just been added to the list of medically necessary veterinary drugs in short supply, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Purdue plans online hub for human-animal bond studies
Lafayette, Ind. — Early next year, the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the Purdue University Press, will launch a website, called HABRI Central, to further the study of the human-animal bond.
Veterinarians review 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'
By Rachael Whitcomb
"The Incredible Dr. Pol" is earning praise from viewers, but veterinarians are offering mixed reviews.
Tufts completes reaccreditation bid
North Gafton, Mass. — Tufts University's veterinary school was recently re-accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
U.S. Department of Agriculture investigates citrus peels as antimicrobial substitute
Washington — More than a decade of research by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) indicates that citrus peels, specifically a compound called d-limonen, may be a viable substitute for antimicrobials in livestock.
U.S. Equestrian Federation modifies NSAID rules
Lexington, Ky. — The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors amended its therapeutic drug rule to restrict use to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
USU researchers look at 'pasture pharmacy' alternatives for livestock
By Stephanie Skernivitz
Logan, Utah — An agricultural researcher is investigating new pasture-management strategies to treat various conditions of livestock.
Veterinary schools partner to develop dairy medicine education center
National Report — Several veterinary schools have secured a new grant to develop and implement a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians.
Vets take the stage in new reality series
By Stephanie Fellenstein
National Report — There is a new group of reality stars, and they spend most of their time surrounded by cattle, pigs and horses.
Working to improve animal health in Africa one village at a time
By Christina Macejko
National Report — At Camp Lemonnier in Dijibouti, where U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Jill Lynn, DVM, was stationed for more than six months, temperatures climbed above 100 degrees every day in the summer.
Small Animal
MU researchers identify biomarker to speed up diagnosis of infections
By Rachael Whitcomb
Reserachers at the University of Missouri believe they have found a way to speed up the diagnosis of infections in dogs and cats.
Neuropathic pain in veterinary patients, Part 1
By Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, CVPP
A wider population of patients may be affected than previously thought.
Percutaneous transvenous coil embolization of portosystemic shunts
By Chick Weisse, VMD, DACVS , Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM
See how this minimally invasive procedure helped a Labrador puppy.
Periodontal disease: What to do about those pesky suprabony pockets
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Depending on the degree of disease, locally applied antimicrobials may help.
Equine
UF researchers uncover new keys to understanding WNV infection
A new gene microarray containing hundreds of pieces of DNA strands could be the key to understanding the brain responses of horses infected with West Nile virus.
Whip use in Thoroughbred racing: Is it necessary?
By Ed Kane, PhD
New research into this training tool brings insight—and controversy.
Featured Contributors
Market Watch: Risk assessment as a tool for vaccine decisions
By Michael Paul, DVM
Why noncore vaccination may be a misnomer, depending on a pet's situation.
Business
5 case studies of prepaid wellness plans
By Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM
If the cost of wellness care keeps pet owners away from veterinarians, then prepaid preventive plans may be the answer to bringing them back.
5 tips for New Year's resolutions that work
By Andrew Roark, DVM, MS
Anyone who goes to the gym regularly has seen the power of the average New Year's resolution.
BEP your way through the lingering recession
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
We know the real story, even though the pundits are telling is that the recession is over.
Caring about others: Drug shortages
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Eugene Nwaokorie, DVM, MS
How do our clients recognize that we care?
Next generation can retire—with planning
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
If you joined the workforce in the past 10 years, you've probably heard a lot of doom and gloom about your retirement outlook.
Sentimental value coming to a court near you
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
As I write this, litigation is taking place in Texas that brings the issue of damages from "Pain and suffering" back to the front burner of animal law.
The errand: How to make sure your veterinary practice doesn't get crowded out of clients' busy lives
There aren't a lot of second chances in veterinary medicine.
Humor
These boots were made for walking
By Michael A. Obenski
Mr. Cobbler was already shouting as he burst through the emergency room door.
The veterinarian-doctor divide
I've been a mixed-animal practitioner for more than 20 years, and I've seen some gross stuff.
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