Ethics / Forensics / Welfare

Practice Building
Caring for Geriatric Pets in Your Practice

Mary Gardner, DVM, and Dani McVety, DVM Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, The evolution of medicine, technology, and the pet–parent relationship has created an abundance of geriatric pets. As a profession, veterinarians have many opportunities to give our aging companions and their caregivers the additional services and support needed as they navigate the unstable …

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When Animal Abuse Darkens Your Door

An Interview With Melinda Merck, DVM Dr. Melinda Merck’s name has become internationally associated with veterinary forensics. Most notably, and recently, she played a critical role in the Michael Vick case, performing necropsies on the abused dogs. Her work allowed the prosecution to put together the details of the case, leading to the NFL quarterback’s …

Veterinary Forensics
The Veterinarian as Medical Examiner

Ernest Rogers, DVM, PhD, and Adam W. Stern, DVM, CMI (IV), CFC, Diplomate ACVP Investigation of cause, mechanism, and manner of death are determined by a medical examiner or forensic investigator through the necropsy examination. This article presents an overview of the medical examiner’s role and the steps involved in a veterinary medical necropsy, including …

Are Practice Values Changing Over Time?

David McCormick, MS, and Dick Goebel, DVM, AIBA Practice owners frequently wonder about how much their practice is worth. When contemplating this, owners may consider whether, in the grand scheme of things, practice values have changed over the years? WHAT INFLUENCES PRACTICE VALUE The value of a veterinary practice is driven by the return received …

Welfare & Ethics in Veterinary Shelter Medicine

  Sherry Loveless, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program of Hunter College, City University of New York and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia Animal behavior and welfare scientists, veterinarians, and researchers from disciplines, such as physiology, psychology, and ethics have made ardent strides in understanding and improving the lives of animals in … Protection Status