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Putting a Keen Sense of Smell to Work

An Interview with Cindy Otto There is a long history of working dogs guarding the homestead and groups of domesticated food animals. However, Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD—the Executive Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC,—asserts that dogs can do so much more, particularly with their keen sense of smell, including locating bombs, …

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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 …

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Joining Forces Against the Controlled Substances Act
An Interview With Ashley Morgan

The American Veterinary Medical Association has an important tab on their website—the Advocacy tab, which leads visitors to the Congressional Action Network. This key tool: Tracks legislation affecting the veterinary profession Provides summaries of key bills Shares how legislators are voting Advises veterinary professionals on how to make a difference Currently, the most critical legislative …

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Finding Fulfillment in Feline Practice
An Interview With Elizabeth Colleran

At the 2013 NAVC Conference, the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study’s latest findings, which focused on feline care in veterinary practice, were presented by Bayer’s Animal Health Division in partnership with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and Brakke Consulting. The AAFP’s representative (and past president), Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, kindly provided insight into her …

The Back Page: The Voice for Companion Animals: An Interview With Steve Dale

Steve Dale, a certified dog and cat behavior consultant, is the author of the syndicated newspaper column My Pet World (Tribune Media Services); host of nationally syndicated radio programs Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute with Steve Dale; the pet expert at WGN Radio, Chicago; and a contributing editor for USA Weekend. A …

The Back Page: Helping Pets Live Longer & Healthier Lives – An Interview With Angela Stephens

Meet Angela Stephens—a certified veterinary technician and technician supervisor at Barbur Blvd Veterinary Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Angela submitted the winning essay for the Project: Pet Slim Down contest that featured compelling patient weight-loss stories from Purina Certified Weight Coaches. In honor of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (October 10), we interviewed Angela about her …

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Pioneering Today’s Care & Tomorrow’s Cures

The Motto of the Acvim Foundation When most of us hear “ACVIM,” we think of the organization that oversees board certification in veterinary internal medicine or the annual ACVIM Forum, a continuing education meeting for veterinary professionals that presents cutting-edge information, technology, and research. However, there is another facet to ACVIM—the ACVIM Foundation. Robin Brogdon, … Protection Status