DVM360 MAGAZINE, Apr 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Apr 1, 2006
Small Animal
Two unusual cases of facial dermatitis in cats
By Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD
We are just now determining the best concentration levels to run a skin test for food-storage mites.
Changing trends in composition of feline uroliths and urethral plugs
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM , Jody P. Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
In 1981, calcium oxalate was detected in only 2 percent of feline uroliths submitted to the Minnesota Urolith Center, whereas struvite was detected in 78 percent.
Experts highlight potential pitfalls, legal risks for veterinarians
If you are not using centrifugal flotation, then you're missing the boat on fecal diagnostics.
Texas A&M finds DHA aids canine vision
By Jessica Tremayne
College Station, Texas — Researchers at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biological Sciences report a correlation between docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and its effects on visual stimulus response in puppies.
Communication cornerstone to therapeutic success
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Reduction in appetite indicates that the induction phase of therapy has been completed.
Dental extractions: Easy cues help with critical long-term medical decisions
By Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Dental extractions are among the more common veterinary dental procedures. With that said, there are key considerations every veterinarian must consider before an extraction is performed. This article explores the options.
AAFP eyes completion of 2006 feline vaccination report
By Daniel R. Verdon
Las Vegas — A comprehensive feline vaccination report from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is in the drafting stage from a multidisciplinary panel of experts.
Obenski
Mrs. Blastaway takes aim at those 'high" exam fees
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I barely got a chance to say hello before Mrs. Blastaway gave it to me with both barrels.
Practice Management
Good medicine, good business. Need time? Schedule it
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Nothing messes up a day like a steady string of interruptions.
Practice in the real world. Redundancies: Say it again and again
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Backup equipment need not just sit on the shelf waiting to step in when things break down.
Road to retirement. Leveraging investment vehicles requires careful consideration
By Mark E. Battersby
A successful financial plan should offer you the choice of allocating profits back to the practice or into a more diversified portfolio.
Ignorance of true costs doesn't make profits bliss
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Veterinarians are paid by leftovers; that is any money left over after all other obligations have been satisfied.
Risk versus reward
By Steven Fox, DVM, PhD, MBA
When you decide to invest in the stock market, keep in mind something that professional analysts must remember: Investing always requires weighing potential risk against potential award.
Playing the odds, balancing the quality of care with the need to get paid could prove a costly gamble
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Gift-certificate medicine: Go crazy with diagnostics and treatment modalities as long as you don't go over $100.
Address gripes with considerate dialogue
By Steve Dullard, DVM
This is an idea we use in our veterinary hospital whenever the chorus of complaints rise from staff and doctor. It is a good way to address complaints, such as, "The instruments need cleaning, and two people are standing around doing nothing."
News
Bird flu's march poses new risks to companion animals
By David Frabotta
National Report — Media reports on avian influenza have fanned the flames of hyperbole among the lay press in much of the world, and public officials aren't doing much to quell fears, either.
Compliance gaps swallow revenue, diminish care. Developing standards for care, electronic health records can repair the rift in quality and help grow profits
By David Frabotta
College Station, Texas — Practice owners are losing thousands of dollars due to compliance failures, and the quality of medicine at the point of care is suffering, too.
CSU leads push to engineer virus-resistant mosquitoes
Fort Collins, Colo. — A study led by Colorado State University (CSU) researcher Ken Olson shows that mosquitoes can be genetically engineered to be weapons against infectious diseases.
Mastering Management, Using a charitable fund to build communitybond
Herndon, Va. — Creating a charitable fund for use within the practice is a good way to let client and veterinary practice dollars work within the community, says Dr. Bill Swartz of Clocktower Animal Hospital.
Kentucky DVMs concerned about heightened legal status of animals
By Jessica Tremayne
We don't want what is happening in human medical professions to spill over into veterinary medicine.
Mad cow case sparks epidemiological inquiry
Montgomery, Ala. — The traceback has begun for the cohorts and offspring of the third cow in the United States confirmed to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
AAVMC study to forecast veterinary medicine's future
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Year 2025: Technicians rank as spay and neuter experts, veterinary education and licenses restrict via species, and agricultural practice exists as a mere memory.
The Molecule of Life
By Daniel R. Verdon
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a.k.a. the molecule of life, harbors an estimated 20,000 to 200,000 canine genes hidden in the DNA across from 38 pairs of chromosomes, all contributing to health and disease. Sleuthing out defects along genes nucleotides, or base pairs, seemingly turns into a numbers game that can add up into the billions.
FDA investigates adverse events tied to Greenies; maker changeslabel
By Jennifer Fiala
The vast majority of veterinarians are basically saying that they are safe.
Profession ponders supply shortfall: Foreign schools fail to adequately bolster U.S. needs, experts say
By Jennifer Fiala
We have many diverse needs in the country that aren't going to be met at foreign schools.
Chaddock makes abrupt exit from AVMA post
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington — Dr. Michael Chaddock, head of AVMA's Washington bureau, resigned following a dispute with Executive Vice President Dr. Bruce Little over what Chaddock claims were "irregular hiring practices" for an assistant director position. AVMA disputes Chaddock's account.
Wisconsin could allow techs to administer rabies vaccines
Madison, Wis.— A bill that would allow certified veterinary technicians to administer rabies vaccinations under the direct supervision of licensed veterinarians awaits the blessing from Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
WVC shatters attendance records
Las Vegas — A record crowd of 14,445 attended the 2006 Western Veterinary Conference; 6,860 DVMs and 1,664 technicians and technician students attended more than 800 hours of lectures, 20 symposia and 30 wet labs. The venue also welcomed 436 companies to the tradeshow floor.
Mild winter to unleash bigger parasite threat
By Daniel R. Verdon
Davis, Calif. — Ranking as the fifth-warmest winter on record for the United States, an expert entomologist warns it could signal a busy parasite season, thereby increasing the threat of vector-borne disease transmission.
AAHA canine vaccine guidelines revisited
By Jessica Tremayne
Denver — The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) updated its 2003 canine vaccine guidelines and added a section on shelter animal medicine.
Texas A&M courts $1 million for rural outreach
Las Vegas — Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Center for Executive Leadership in Veterinary Medicine seek a $1-million grant to fund educational outreach to middle school students in rural areas.
New York DVMs must create monthly reports for prescriptions
By Jessica Tremayne
Albany, N.Y. — A new law effective this month in New York requires veterinarians to submit information to the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, a division of the Department of Health, every time a controlled substance is dispensed.
AVMF mulls expanding its focus to include welfare societies
Collected donations could help pay for shelter education from VMAT members.
AMC head moves on to manage WVC
Conferences in 10 years are going to be 75-percent female, and "we have to be very sensitive to attract them."
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