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The Neutering Controversy
Understanding Data on Hormones, Behavior and Neoplasia

Vanna M. Dickerson, DVM, MS Janet A. Grimes, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA Mandy L. Wallace, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Judgment Call The decision to spay or neuter a pet should be an individual one with a thorough discussion between the owner and the veterinarian about what risks are present and …

Continuing Education: Cardiology Congestive Heart Failure in Canines

Simon Swift, MA, VetMB, CertSAC, DECVIM (Cardiology), MRCVS University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Heart failure is a syndrome of clinical signs that, although well recognized by clinicians, is difficult to define precisely. It involves the heart’s inability to maintain output sufficient to meet the body’s needs, or to do so at normal filling …

Inside NAVC
The NAVC Learning Academy: Looking Ahead

Veterinary healthcare professionals need to continuously learn about the latest in veterinary medicine in order to bring the highest quality care to their patients. The NAVC Learning Academy, a new certification-based initiative, provides the tools and knowledge to help veterinary professionals meet their continuing educational needs. In line with NAVC’s mission, the Learning Academy offers …

Editor’s Note
The Challenges of “Youth”

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN University of Georgia “Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.”— Henry David Thoreau   In our profession, there are certainly many challenges …

From the Field
How Swiss Cheese is Helping Banfield Help Pets

Marissa Rothenbaum, DVM, Senior Manager of Veterinary Quality Banfield Pet Hospital From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore …

Focus On
Ferret Distemper: What You Need to Know

Leonie Kondert, DVM Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia Distemper is an acute viral infectious disease with reported mortality rates in ferrets of 100%.1–5 Prevalence depends on the area, recent outbreaks have been documented in multiple countries.1,4 Since the invention of a vaccine against canine distemper virus (CDV) in the 1960s, the …

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