VETERINARY MEDICINE, Aug 1, 2006 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Aug 1, 2006
Features
Animal abuse: What practitioners need to know
By John Lofflin
One yellow tabby named Darwin will not soon be forgotten by anyone who knows his story. In April 2004, this 9-lb cat was presented DOA to Brooklyn, N.Y., emergency veterinarian Brett Levitzke. Dr. Levitzke knew immediately that Darwin had died as a result of trauma. "I took the woman who brought Darwin in aside and asked her what had happened," he says. "She said her daughter's fiancé had beaten the cat. I told her that I take this very seriously and that I would get law enforcement involved. She said, 'OK, I want this guy prosecuted.'"
Animal hoarding: Its roots and recognition
By Gary J. Patronek, VMD, PhD
It is a positive step for the profession, for animals, and for society that veterinary medicine has embraced responsibility for preventing cruelty to animals. But we also need to attend to a more subtle and less well understood form of severe cruelty: the chronic, large-scale neglect that occurs with animal hoarding.
AAAS symposium—Veterinary Ethics: Controversies, Challenges, and Opportunities
By Lida Anestidou, DVM, PhD , Stephanie Bird, PhD
The symposium Veterinary Ethics: Controversies, Challenges, and Opportunities, convened at the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in February, considered the diverse ethical concerns that arise from the competing and potentially conflicting interests that vie for the veterinarian's attention.
AAAS symposium—Society, laboratory animals, and the laboratory-animal veterinarian
By Jerald Silverman, DVM, DACLAM
Societal concerns about animal welfare have led to changes in the philosophy and practice of laboratory-animal medicine that are advantageous to research animals as well as to laboratory-animal veterinarians.
AAAS symposium—Wildlife in captivity: Ethics and zoos
By R. Eric Miller, DVM, DACZM
Should zoos exist? And if yes, for what purpose?
AAAS symposium—Improving the welfare of farm animals
By Temple Grandin, PhD
In my 30-year career as an animal scientist, I have focused on two areas of cattle and pig treatment badly in need of major improvement: farm housing and slaughterhouse handling.
AAAS symposium—Veterinarians and animal welfare: What role should the profession play?
By Andrew N. Rowan, PhD
The public views veterinarians favorably, regarding them as experts in animal care and welfare. But the veterinary profession has had a love-hate relationship with animal advocates.
AAAS symposium—All for one and one for all?
By David Morton, PhD, MRCVS
When advising owners, the farm-animal veterinarian has a primary responsibility to be an advocate for the individual animal's health and welfare.
AAAS symposium—Animal rights: Good or bad for veterinarians?
By John Albers, DVM
The welfare of companion animals, which are classified by U.S. law as property, is protected by special legislative measures, including anti-cruelty statutes and pet trust arrangements.
AAAS symposium—Ethical issues in companion-animal practice
By Siobhan M. Baggot, DVM, MAIS
Companion-animal veterinarians need a strong sense of integrity to navigate the complex ethical quandaries present at the crossroads of pets, owners, and society.
Departments
Guest Commentary: Now is the time to take a stand on animal welfare
By Bernard E. Rollin, PhD
Undoubtedly, the major social issues confronting veterinary medicine today revolve around animal welfare--farm animal welfare; the legal status of animals, including the concept of guardianship; and the efficacy of alternative medicine modalities.
Letters: Ehrlichia canis infection and epistaxis
In the article "Coinfection with multiple tick-borne pathogens" published in the March 2006 Veterinary Medicine parasitology supplement, Drs. Adam Mordecai, Erick Spencer, and Rance Sellon state that epistaxis has not been observed in dogs with experimental Ehrlichia canis infection.
An Interview with... Dr. William J. Tranquilli
While this professor, researcher, and well-known veterinary anesthesiologist loves teaching veterinary students, he tells graduates that they will gain the most from experience. "Most of what you will eventually know to be true about medicine and life does not come from a book or from other people."
Veterinary Voices: Discovering a new dinosaur species: Dracorex hogwartsia
By Patrick Saulsbury, DVM
In retrospect, I realize now that it all began when my grandmother gave me a mammoth's molar—my first fossil.
Clinical Exposures: A dog with a nonhealing flank wound
By Mathieu M. Glassman, VMD , Daniel D. Smeak, DVM, DACVS
A 4.5-year-old intact female Labrador retriever was presented to The Ohio State University Teaching Hospital for evaluation of a nonhealing wound on the left caudal flank.
Idea Exchange: Triage your phone messages
Our busy four-doctor mixed-animal clinic developed this phone message template to help receptionists take more effective messages.
Idea Exchange: Ease the pain of tape removal
When trying to remove a bandage or IV without ripping out fur, saturate the tape with isopropyl alcohol before sliding the bandage scissors underneath it or trying to peel it off.
Idea Exchange: A syringe makes collecting messy samples simple
A simple technique for collecting a diarrhea sample is to coat a 3-ml syringe with lubricant, slide the syringe into the rectum, and pull back on the plunger.
Idea Exchange: Side drawers can serve double duty as countertop surfaces
We created an extra work surface for our treatment and dental table by opening the top side drawer and placing a kitchen cutting board over the top.
Idea Exchange: Rubberized mats keep blankets in place inside pet carriers
I, like many pet owners, often put a towel or blanket inside my pet's carrier for comfort.
Mind Over Miller: A furry solution to global overpopulation
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Now that we are well into the 21st century, forecasts uttered decades ago seem to have become reality. The world population explodes toward seven billion. And most people live in huge cities, thanks to modern technology.

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