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Today’s Veterinary News
The Latest News in Veterinary Medicine

Conference AAVMC Conference Registration Now Open September 20, 2011–Registration for the 2012 Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC, aavmc.org) Annual Conference is now available. The conference will be held Wednesday, March 7, to Sunday, March 11, at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. Featured sessions include a leadership workshop and sessions on outsourcing of …

Top Ten: Ten Ways to Improve Your Orthopedic Examination

  Derek B. Fox, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS Correctly diagnosing any orthopedic condition begins with completing a thorough orthopedic examination. In a stable patient, the orthopedic examination will include a full assessment of the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems. Radiographs and other specific diagnostic tests may also be included. 1. Signalment is Your Friend The orthopedic …

Focus on Pharmacology: Ketamine
To Use or Not to Use for Pain Management

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (C/F), CVPP, & dAAPM Ketamine has been in long and routine use as a dissociative anesthetic. More recently, new pharmacologic features of ketamine have been discovered that provide novel pain modification. It’s Place in Pain Management It is well-established in human medicine that the use of adjunct medications, including …

Today’s Veterinary News
The Latest News in Veterinary Medicine

Legislation Requiring Veterinarians to Write Prescriptions July 25, 2011–HR 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011, would require all veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of prescribing a medication, regardless of whether or not the veterinarian would also be dispensing the product to his or her client. Veterinarians would also be …

Journal Club

Collection of Commentaries on Recent Veterinary & Medical Literature OPHTHALMOLOGY Canine Conjunctival Mast Cell Tumors: A Retrospective Study Fife M, Blocker T, Fife T, et al. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2011; 14(3):153-160. The canine eye seems to be a privileged site for protection from metastasis when it comes to some usually aggressive tumors, such as melanoma, hemangiosarcoma, …

The Back Page: In the Grasp of the Animal Kingdom

An Interview with Dr. Clarke Atkins In the 8 years I’ve been involved in veterinary publishing, Dr. Clarke Atkins is someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a number of articles; an author who I know is incredibly well respected for his dedication and depth of knowledge with regard to his field of …

Practice Building
Successful Remodeling

Heather E. Lewis, AIA, NCARB A veterinary hospital is more than a shell to house a practice. It is an important physical reflection of your practice philosophy. Undertaking a renovation can be a huge financial and emotional leap, but it is also your opportunity to create a space that helps you practice better, more efficient …

Consider This Case
Hepatocutaneous Syndrome in a Shiba Inu

Joel D. Ray, DVM, MS Consider This Case Overview This case report describes a 13-year-old Shiba Inu diagnosed with canine hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). The initial presenting signs were dull moth-eaten hair coat with erythema, crusts on the feet, and discoloration of pedal hairs. Diagnosis of HCS was made based on abdominal ultrasound and histopathology of …

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