VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2005 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2005
Features
Performing a basic examination in fish
By Terry W. Campbell, MS, DVM, PhD
Pet fish are one of the most numerous companion animals in U.S. households, yet few fish owners consult veterinarians about fish disease partly because historically veterinarians have declined to offer them assistance. Yet all veterinarians are trained in pathology, diagnostics, animal husbandry, and pharmacology, so who better to apply the principles of these disciplines to pet fish.
Stabilizing companion birds in an emergency
By Brian L. Speer, DVM, DABVP (avian practice), DECAMS
Avian medicine in the United States and abroad tends to be more focused on crisis and intervention than on preventive care and wellness. Therefore, in this article I discuss some of the basic considerations of emergency medical care in pet birds.
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Editors' Note: Thanking our valued reviewers
Peer review is essential to ensuring the accuracy, thoroughness, and suitability of the articles that appear in Veterinary Medicine. We thank the following people who reviewed papers in 2005.
An Interview with... Dr. Lonnie J. King
With eight career changes, this dean and CDC official has experienced the profession from many angles, and he believes that veterinary medicine is at a defining moment. "We need to commit to re-establishing our societal relevance and social responsibility."
Idea Exchange: A novel way to sharpen winged dental elevators
I use a 4-in, conically shaped diamond pocket file (Woodstock International) to sharpen and repair winged dental elevators.
Idea Exchange: Velcro stops jingling tags
Adhering the tags together prevents the sound, yet they can be separated if needed.
Idea Exchange: A neat idea for hanging aprons in the X-ray room
A grab bar designed for use in handicap-accessible bathrooms makes a great rack for lead aprons.
Idea Exchange: Mark it red if it has been read
In our busy practice, clinicians can't always keep up with the many radiographs that are taken.
Idea Exchange: Keep samples cold and packages light
We fill red-top tubes with the gel from cold packs, aspirate the air out with a needle and syringe, and freeze the tubes.
Idea Exchange: Keeping calves warm (antiquated idea from March 1922)
When a calf is born in a cold place and needs an addition to its natural raiment, take a burlap sack, cut about one-third across the bottom end.
Mind Over Miller: Old dogs are the best
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
I love dogs. I always have. Interestingly, I've never been bitten by a dog, despite a career in veterinary medicine and jobs in a dog pound, a pet shop, and a kennel.

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