DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jun 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jun 1, 2006
Small Animal
Tracheal collapse frustrating; minimally invasive tehniques promising
By Carl D. Sammarco, BvSc, MRCVS, DACVIM , Garrett Davis, DVM, DACVS , Tara Britt, VMD
Most commonly, tracheal collapse occurs in middle-aged to old dogs including Yorkshire terriers, Pugs, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Maltese, as well as Miniature and Toy Poodles.
Compounding: Goal remains to fulfill unmet need
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Mark G. Papich at the 2005 American College of Veterinary Medical Internal Medicine Forum (ACVIM) in Baltimore gave a lecture on the safety and efficacy of compounded drugs.
Purdue researchers test drug to save cells after traumatic injury
By Jessica Tremayne
West Lafayette, Ind. — Researchers at Purdue's School of Veterinary medicine have discovered the use of hydralazine can counteract the effects of acrolein after trauma.
Exploring The Vet Cancer Registry
Exploring The Vet Cancer Registry
Let technicians polish dental practice success
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Behind every flourishing dental practice is a great veterinary staff. If you want to move forward with your veterinary dental practice, it's time to get your technicians on board.
Food Animal
USDA downgrades BSE risk
By Jennifer Fiala
Riverdale, MD. — Government analysis shows that the nation's risk for a mad cow outbreak is so low, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ease testing protocols for the brain-wasting malady.
Tennessee strips Al from veterinary practice act
Nashville, Tenn. — Tennessee livestock producers now can perform artificial insemination (AI) without a veterinarian's OK.
Born Yesterday
I gave him some ointment and a giant pair of sunglasses I had won at the fair.
Goat parasite control requires more than cattle protocols
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
With the increasing numbers of meat goats in the United States, many bovine practitioners face questions about goat healthcare targeted toward internal parasite treatment and control.
Visuals aid timed artificial insemination
By Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, DABVP
My first use of timed artificial (AI) insemination came immediately after veterinary college. A prostaglandin product had been approved for horses, but it was expensive. By infusing a fraction of the equine dose into the uterus of a cow with a corpus luteum, it usually could be brought into estrus. Timed insemination has come a long way.
Tracking BSE
Mad cow, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle. For 16 years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conducted aggressive surveillance of the highest risk cattle going to slaughter in the United States. The following lists a breakdown of the nation's three confirmed cases.
Equine
Frankincense oil research combats melanoma
Blacksburg, Va. — John Robertson, VMD, MS, PhD, director of the University of Virginia-Maryland Center for Comparative Oncology, is experimenting with frankincense oil as a possible treatment for malignant melanoma in horses.
Derby biosecurity keeps racers afoot
By David Frabotta
Louisville, Ky. — The Thoroughbred racing Mecca was amid heightened biosecurity following recent outbreaks of equine herpesvirus and a mysterious illness that claimed the life of Kentucky Derby contender With a City.
British Columbia requires veterinarians to float teeth
Victoria, British Columbia — The Supreme Court of British Columbia issued a broad injunction that prohibits non-veterinarians from performing any dental procedures or using a title, such as equine dentist, that might lead people to believe they are registered under the territory's Veterinarians Act.
MRI propels lameness diagnosis
By Ed Kane, PhD
Though many experts believe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is underused in equine veterinary medicine, greater availability of the technology and access to interpretation experts are facilitating greater adoption, especially when diagnosing lameness.
MRI physics and its applications
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results from the effect of magnetic properties of atoms found in biologic tissues. The magnetic moment of the nuclei within these atoms interacts with the external magnetic field, the most common of which is hydrogen. Hydrogen is abundant in all tissues and has a relatively large magnetic moment, making it the optimal choice for magnetic resonance imaging.
Inside the equine stifle
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Stifle injuries should be treated like tendon or ligament injuries in other areas of the horse.
Practice Management
Justice: Who says it's fair?
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
I think it is again time to remember the distinction between fairness and justice.
Change is not an option
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Does it seem that no matter how hard you work, you just can't seem to get ahead?
Take six steps to grow services
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
The best-kept practice management secret is the rabies ratio.
Risky business
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
The cost to deliver veterinary medicine is increasing at a faster pace than human medicine.
Obenski
Secret Second Opinions sought by Mr. Nomad's clandestine city tour
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
I found Mrs. Clueless anxiously awaiting my return to the exam room as I entered with the bad news.
News Features
Status epilepticus: theoretical and clinical considerations
By Beatrix Nanai, DVM , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Two or more seizures without complete recovery of consciousness between seizures, or persistent seizure activity for more than 30 minutes constitute the definition of status epilepticus (SE) in human medicine (Treatment of Convulsive Status Epilepticus. JAMA 1993; 270:854-9).
News
Family practice counters specialist expansion
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — Dr. Al Schwartz likens general practice to a dying breed, consumed by a growing number graduates electing tracks in specialty medicine.
Commentary. What shortage? Veterinary education needs to move to private funding
By A.O. Griffiths, DVM
I don't know who Maeterlinct was, but I'll bet he would not expect the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to find anything they did not like in their study to forecast veterinary medicine's future, which is reported as envisioning the future in academic veterinary medicine.
DVM Newsmagazine Survey: Medical delivery evolves as clients, returns develop
By David Frabotta
National Report — Veterinary practices are trending toward higher-quality medicine that serves higher-quality clients.
2006 DVM Newsmagazine Survey: Methodology
Cleveland — Every three years, DVM Newsmagazine conducts a national State of the Veterinary Profession survey among veterinarians in companion animal practice. The results will appear in subsequent DVM Newsmagazine editorial articles.
Vogel, Golab, lead AVMA welfare decision
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) names Lyle Vogel, DVM, MPH, director of the Division of Animal Welfare. Next in line is Dr. Gail Golab, the division's new associate director.
Crawford reportedly faces more legal turbulence
Washington — Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Lester M. Crawford, DVM, reportedly faces a criminal investigation by a federal grand jury over financial disclosure and sale of stock while in office.
N.C. State promotes one medicine concept in center
By Jessica Tremayne
Raleigh, N.C. — Officials at North Carolina State University hope a newly dedicated research center will lead to medical advances in animal and human medicine.
Procrastination: Study investigates why people put it off until tomorrow
By Jessica Tremayne
Cleveland — Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Institutions vie for $450-million laboratory deal
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — Several veterinary programs and other institutions in at least 14 states are jostling to host a new high-security government laboratory intended to research some of the world's most dangerous diseases.
Pennsylvania proposal to enforce drug-risk disclosure
Harrisburg, Pa.— Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering tough legislation mandating drug-risk disclosure and prescreening animals prior to pharmaceutical use if recommended by a drug maker.
Spiraling Costs to Take Toll
By David Frabotta
Study groups can negotiate significant benefits from better-known vendors.
Resolutions question disaster spending
By Jessica Tremayne
Schaumburg, Ill. — American Veterinary Medical Association delegates will face three resolutions calling on association leaders to curb non-budgeted association spending following criticism of disaster relief donations.
AVMA establishes policy actions, welfare goals
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) has been recharged as part of an approved directive from a task force reviewing the group's welfare policies and framework.
AVMA seminar to focus on community involvement
Honolulu —"Bark Now or Forever Pay a Price!" is the advice of the speakers for a media and communications seminar scheduled for the 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Annual Conference, July 17.
Competition causeway: In the nation's most densely populated areas, veterinarians find the means to spread collegiality
By Jennifer Fiala
In 1936, Cameron Animal Hospital opened as the first standalone veterinary building servicing dogs and cats in the Northeast United States.
Board Oks expanded RVT duties
By Jennifer Fiala
Santa Monica, Calif. — California's registered veterinary technicians (RVT) are one step closer to holding license to perform small skin incisions to place intravascular catheters.
Partnership helps reduce Philadelphia pet population
Philadelphia — The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Veterinary Medicine and the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) partnered to help fight euthanasia of adoptable animals in Philadelphia with the launch of the spay/neuter component of the school's new shelter animal medicine program.
Going the distance
By Daniel R. Verdon
Las Vegas — He wants a unanimous decision.
DVMs: Business remains "healthy"
By Jessica Tremayne
Cleveland — Rising costs, tighter profit margins and price-shopping clients are all key issues for veterinarians in this economy.
Executive Board sinks HSUS joint venture
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill. — The American Veterinary Medical Association wants no part of any signed pact with the Human Society of the United States — even when endorsing mutually supported initiatives.
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