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Rachael Whitcomb

Associate Editor

Rachael Whitcomb joined the DVM Newsmagazine staff in May 2008 as news editor. Prior to joining DVM, she worked as an associate editor at an environmental trade publication and in newspapers. Her experience includes reporting on government, education, crime and feature news, as well as graphic design and Web site management.

Since joining DVM Newsmagazine, Rachael has covered a wide range of issues, including practice management issues and changing market trends. She also maintains the news portion of the DVM Web site, www.dvm360.com.

Rachael has a bachelors degree in journalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She resides in a suburb of Cleveland with her husband, Doug. They welcomed their first child, Joshua, in August 2010, and are expecting their second child in June 2012. The family shares their home with their dog Emma, and two cats, Fiona and Zoe. Rachael left DVM Newsmagazine in April 2012 to work on two healthcare publications, owned by DVM's parent company Advanstar Communications.

Articles
Federal judge orders FDA to start proceedings over subtherapeutic antibiotic uses
May 1, 2012

Animal Health Institute says order diverts resources from current stakeholder activity.

The changing veterinary drug model
May 1, 2012

Increasing pet owner options about where to obtain medications means veterinarians must adjust, experts say.

Tennessee lawmakers pitch new exotic ownership rules
April 1, 2012

Nashville — New legislation proposed in Tennessee would crack down on dangerous animal ownership.

UGA researchers develop 'fracture putty' from stem cells to speed up healing
April 1, 2012

Athens, Ga. — Veterinary and regenerative bioscience researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) developed a new putty that they say may significantly shorten healing times and revolutionize fracture treatment.

Massachusetts bill would exclude DVMs from prescription drug monitoring program
April 1, 2012

Boston — Veterinarians might be excluded from compliance with the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program is a proposed bill passes.

New Jersey walks away from AVMA HOD meeting
April 1, 2012

Schaumburg, Ill. — The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association made a quiet statement at the last AVMA House of Delegates meeting.

W.V. works to clarify rules for RVTs
April 1, 2012

Charleston, W.V. — Some West Virginia lawmakers want to change the requirements and scope of practice for registered veterinary technicians.

Vermont considers emotional damages
April 1, 2012

Montpelier, Vt. — Vermont is considering a new law that would allow pet owners to recover non-economic damages.

Cause of equine hyperbaric oxygen chamber explosion remains unknown
April 1, 2012

Formal certification and new operating procedures may be on the way after lethal explosion.

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