DVM360 MAGAZINE, Feb 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Feb 1, 2006
Small Animal
Life's lessons remain a powerful teacher
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The clinical investigation team comprising our Nephrology/ Urology Center meets daily to discuss progress that has been made, problems that need solutions and plans for the day. Before we end our discussion, we take turns sharing words of wisdom. One of my favorite topics falls under the theme called "What lesson's have you learned?"
Moral care found unethical under law
By Jessica Tremayne
Alamogordo, N.M. — Dr. George L. Wiley stared at the floor in his waiting room as his hands were pulled behind his back and handcuffed by a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officer.
Heartworm infection continues its climb, survey reports
By Daniel R. Verdon
Orlando — A recently released survey documents that 250,000 dogs and cats tested positive for heartworm infection in 2004.
Hemangiosarcoma: Look for endothelial precursors as sign
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Canine hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is an incurable tumor of vascular endothelial cells. HSA accounts for 7 percent of all cancers; thus, of the 65 million pet dogs living in the United States today, between 1.5 million and 2.5 million could get HSA and succumb to it. Although dogs of any age and breed are susceptible to HSA, it occurs more commonly in dogs beyond middle age and in breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Portuguese Water Dogs and Skye Terriers. The estimated life-time risk of HSA in Golden Retrievers is one in five, illustrating the magnitude of this problem.
Watching the cues will help unlock clues to feline communication
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
The third column in this continuing series on feline communication will focus on overall body posturing and the behavioral information it provides. Because no signaling system can be removed from the context of the entire animal, using what we have learned from observation of behavioral cues from felines' faces and tails can be extremely useful when we look at the cat in its relevant social context.
Use of MRI in the neurologic patient
By Beatrix Nanai, DVM , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
In contemporary veterinary medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an important tool in the diagnosis of neurological problems.
Feline hyperthyroidism
By Noemi Benitah, DVM
Hyperthyroidism can be diagnosed in most cats based on clinical signs consistent with the disease, physical examination findings including a palpable thyroid nodule and an increased serum total T4 concentration.
Food Animal
USDA unveils plans for animal ID repository
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Federal regulatory agents, at presstime, announced plans to network the national animal identification system (NAIS), linking private and state-operated animal tracking databases.
Ignorance isn't so bliss
I was going to catch it and have it bronzed for posterity.
Ariz. Ballot campaign strikes at sow housing
By Jennifer Fiala
Tempe, Ariz. — An activist-backed ballot proposition to eliminate sow gestation stalls in Arizona stands to produce the nation's second state to ban the controversial housing system.
Teacher or technician: exploring the DVM's changing role
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
Like it or not, lay people can learn to competently perform many routine tasks.
Stud exams preserve fertility
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Much of the focus and effort put forth on breeding farms this spring will center on mares and the various reproductive problems that they experience. Stallions are often given minimal attention other than bacterial cultures and examination of early season ejaculates unless there are unusually high numbers of return "open" mares or evidence of serious problems.
Fooling Mother Nature: Induction of estrus and ovulation in mares
By Ed Kane, PhD
There are a variety of hormonal therapies available to the equine practitioner to help bring mares into estrus and hasten ovulation. They include human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), various progestin/estradiol combinations, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs, and dopamine antagonists. These hormonal therapies push Mother Nature along to help make the breeding process more efficient, reduce excessive handling of mares and stallions, and help ensure successful breeding and conception, whether a maiden, a previously barren or a cyclic mare.
Small Animal News
Unlock dermatology secrets to realize treatment success
By Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD
When appropriately administered and not continued long-term, corticosteroids are very helpful and safe.
Legendre honored for lifetime achievement
By David Frabotta
The struggle right now is to get quality people to stay in academics.
Mastering Management "Three good things" program adds zest to hospital gatherings
Denver — Hosting a holiday party or picnic that is entertaining and uplifting can be very inspirational for the hospital team.
FVMA vies to grow political muscle at grassroots level
By Jessica Tremayne
The profession doesn't have the money or numbers to alter legislation, so becoming involved is imperative.
AVMF clims out of financial decline
By Jennifer Fiala
Chicago — American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) officials report the nation's concern for animal health since last year's hurricanes led to an influx of donations into the once-struggling charity.
Bylaws cleanup sweeps leadership meeting
By Jennifer Fiala
Chicago — If framers of a revision to the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) governing documents have their way, future presidential races, should they be tied, could come down to a "game of chance."
Wyeth to comply with Senate investigation
Washington — Wyeth Pharmaceuticals plans to aid a Senate investigation after allegations surfaced that the company attempted to discredit a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officer who challenged the safety of ProHeart 6.
AAHA creates leadership acadamy
Denver— The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and Pfizer teamed up to create a Veterinary Leadership Academy.
Andrews climbs to AAHA's summit
By Jessica Tremayne
Long Beach, Calif. — Dr. Michael Andrews will become the 2006 American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) president at the annual conference next month in Long Beach.
Embryo transfer pioneer honored
Orlando — Duane C. Kraemer, DVM, PhD, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, was presented the Pioneer Award at the International Embryo Transfer Society's (IETS) 32nd-annual conference in Orlando for his contributions to the development of embryo transfer technology.
Special Envoy to the President
By Melissa Bell
George Washington had his hounds, Drunkard and Sweetlips. Abraham Lincoln had Jack the Turkey. Woodrow Wilson had a ram, Old Ike, which enjoyed the occasional chew of tobacco. During Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, a lion, hyena, wildcat, coyote, five bears, two parrots, a zebra, a barn owl, snakes, lizards, rats and roosters all called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home, thankfully not all at the same time.
Forum examines link between genetic expression, diet
Many of the leading killers of dogs correspond to diseases that trouble humans.
AVMA to establish broad welfare principles
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, ILL. — More than a year after the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) founded its welfare division, group leaders put the brakes on hiring a director in favor of first crafting broad positions on the well-being of animals.
Expert crafts system to calculate lifetime costs of animals
By Jennifer Fiala
YARDLEY, PA. — As the profession's watchdogs suggest lawsuits seeking emotional distress damages against veterinarians are on the rise, one lawyer/DVM expert has created the means for calculating and increasing pet worth apart from non-economic relief.
Idaho drops state veterinarian legislation
By Jennifer Fiala
Boise, Idaho — The Idaho State Department of Agriculture plans to shelve legislation that critics say would have demoted the state veterinarian's status in an attempt to cement the position.
Rollin Uncensored
By Daniel R. Verdon
Euthanasia and adequate control of pain top the list of ethical dilemmas for this decade.
Will mergers boost revenues?
By David Frabotta
About 45 to 55 percent of a doctor's time can be spent performing non-clinical duties.
Aflatoxin poisoning claims at least 100 dogs, Cornell reports
National Report — About 100 dogs perished due to aflatoxin poisoning, a naturally occurring toxic chemical byproduct from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops, according to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Study wrestles with food animal DVM shortage
By Jennifer Fiala
Minneapolis — In the coming months, researchers plan to unveil national statistics designed to map supply and demand of DVMs within the food animal sector.
Union prevails in landmark decision
By Jennifer Fiala
Philadelphia —Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital plans to fight a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that favors the unionization of its staff and orders the practice to pay employees thousands in back pay and interest.
Lessons in leadership: Key to success resides in organized communication
By Michele Drake, DVM
Encinitas, Calif. — Communication with staff is the key to a hospital's success, Dr. Michele Drake says.
Practice Management
Documents can't create a practice culture; people do
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
You cannot successfully create or alter a practice culture by drafting documents.
Appointments can reclaim your quality of life
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Only about 80 percent of time slots will be accomplished despite the best plans, but it's better than 20 percent without a plan.
Are you taking readings from the complaint barometer?
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Just ask a client which part of the anesthetic monitoring or pain relieving medications you should leave out to save them money at the expense of their pet's health.
The nursing debate
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Physicians once said nurses would dilute their earning power and endanger patient safety.
Dr. Obenski
A toast to Chablis, Even in death, the nutsabouts' bond might be a little too tight
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
One day last month, I was cruising along a winding, two-lane country road when I noticed a man jogging up the street in the opposite direction. A moment later, I saw a lady walking briskly along a crossroad. She was wearing earphones and apparently listening to her favorite music as she waddled her way to fitness. Within the next few minutes, I counted six more people running, walking or exercising outdoors. This adds up to a strange set of circumstances for a wintry Sunday afternoon in eastern Pennsylvania. I wasn't surprised though. You see, it was Jan. 1, New Year's Day, and all those people had undoubtedly resolved to slim down and get fit during 2006.
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