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November/December 2014

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America – An Interview with Julie Legred, CVT

Since 2013, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA; navta.net) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC; navc.com) have partnered to emphasize the critical role veterinary technicians play in animal health care. Facilitating this partnership is NAVTA Executive Director Julie Legred, CVT, who also fills the shoes of Senior Manager of Veterinary Technician Programs for NAVC. Here she …

The Case for Neutering at Five Months of Age

Richard Speck, DVM The majority of presterilization litters can be eliminated by performing neutering at 5 months of age rather than 6. In this article, Dr. Speck explains the current state of population control, benefits of early neutering, and implementing the recommendation into your practice. I graduated from veterinary school in 1982. As I look …

Canine Performance Nutrition

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN Dogs frequently engage in performance-based competitive and recreational activities, ranging from flyball to sled pulling to agility, and nutrition is increasingly used to maximize an animal’s potential and stamina. Each canine activity has unique requirements for performance, which influence the caloric requirements and metabolism of individual animals. Modification of feeding …

Heartworm Diagnostics: What Do the Latest American Heartworm Society Canine Guidelines Tell Us?

Wallace E. Graham, DVM The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine. Standards of practice in …

Reptile Radiography

Radiography of reptile patients is routinely used for evaluation of traumatic injuries and the gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts. A reptile radiography study typically includes lateral and dorsoventral views. Additional collimated views of areas of interest are obtained in specific species. For example, in turtles and tortoises, a craniocaudal view is added to complete the study. …

Veterinary Practice Software & Technology – Part 1

Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT Practice information management systems are integral to managing veterinary practices. Part 1 of this 2-part series highlights the technical aspects, system hallmarks, coming attractions, and cost of 3 of the leading PIMS used by practices today. This year’s Practice Building column has been focused on building today’s veterinary practice. The series is …

Canine Arthropods: Class Insecta

William Stich, BAS, MS, PhD & I. Craig Prior, BVSc, CVJ The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human—animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of parasitic infections. For more information, including detailed parasite control recommendations, please visit capcvet.org. With approximately …

Moving Beyond “Leader of the Pack”

Being the alpha: The belief that dogs must see us through a filter of dominance and subordination sets us up for an adversarial relationship with man’s best friend.

Focus on Canine & Feline Otic Diagnoses

Statistics extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats presented to more than 850 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2013. In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numbers correlates article topics with statistics provided by Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com). These statistics are extracted from data collected from …