Editors Note

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The Written Word – Spreading Ideas & Changing Lives

When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me …

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What Would Lesley Do?

Writing this is hard. How do you find the words to fully describe an amazing person like Lesley? How do you capture what she did for all her readers as the editor in chief for Today’s Veterinary Practice? In memory of Lesley, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, one of her former students at University of Pennsylvania, now a boarded emergency and critical care veterinarian himself, posted a photo of a bracelet inscribed “WWLD” on Facebook. The caption reads: WWLD (What Would Lesley Do?)…

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Innovation & Opportunity

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania As one of the staff at Today’s Veterinary Practice, I’ve been privileged to be part of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) for more than a year now. As I reflect on that association, I must tell you that I …

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Unsung Heroes

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania It was with great excitement that NAVC recently introduced its newest official journal: Today’s Veterinary Technician. Like Today’s Veterinary Practice, this journal presents peer-reviewed articles, focusing on continuing education and career development for veterinary technicians. I am thrilled to acknowledge …

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Fear: Physical Effects in Our Patients?

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), University of Pennsylvania Dr. Marty Becker’s interview for The Back Page column of this issue reminds us about the Fear Free initiative, which has been gathering momentum over the last few years. This concept prompts many questions. Of course, we all want to have happy, …

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R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania “We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human …

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Betrayal of Trust

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania Cruelty happens. Veterinarians see it every day. Often it’s a result of ignorance or neglect. It can be masked as sport, “training,” agriculture, or discovery. And sometimes there is no excuse. WHEN IS IT CRUELTY? The bow-and-arrow shooting of a …

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Hospital Zone

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC and ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania After a busy Saturday, I finally sat down for a moment with a Bombay Sapphire and tonic, and my whippet, Tristan, jumped up on the sofa to curl up next to me. Then my heart sank when I spotted some …

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Cooper’s Reincarnation

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC and ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania ROAD TRIP RESCUE “Do you feel like a drive to Virginia on Tuesday?” my friend asked.  Virginia? That drive will be about 4 hours. With Washington, DC beltway traffic! “Why are we going to Virginia?” “I’m adopting a dog from …

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