September/October 2012

Table of Contents: September/October 2012

Want to view the the full digital issue? Click here. Features Cytology of Neoplasia An Essential Component of Diagnosis Anne Barger, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Canine Vaccination Guidelines: Key Points for Veterinary Practice Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) North Carolina State University’s College …

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Defeating Ticks: Practical Tips for Preventing Tick-Borne Disease in Pets

Lindsay Starkey, DVM, and Susan Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Parasitology) Veterinary practices nationwide have seen an increase in tick infestations in recent years. A number of environmental factors can conspire to result in a tick infestation surge, including higher populations of wildlife hosts, better habitat, and more supportive climate.1-4 Veterinarians need to provide solutions that …

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Internal Medicine Practice Pearls

Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC THE ART OF DIAGNOSIS To make the correct diagnosis, we need the right choices. To consider the right choices, we need the right information. To obtain the right information, we need to ask the right questions. Asking the right questions is the hallmark of clinical expertise. ~ R. …

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Are Practice Values Changing Over Time?

David McCormick, MS, and Dick Goebel, DVM, AIBA Practice owners frequently wonder about how much their practice is worth. When contemplating this, owners may consider whether, in the grand scheme of things, practice values have changed over the years? WHAT INFLUENCES PRACTICE VALUE The value of a veterinary practice is driven by the return received …

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Canine Vaccination Guidelines: Key Points for Veterinary Practice

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM(Hon) In 2011, the Canine Vaccination Task Force, sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), revised vaccination guidelines for dogs.1 These canine vaccination guidelines have an immediate impact in private practice, with emphasis on 3 key areas: Developing vaccination protocols Vaccine adverse reactions Fundamental legal concerns …

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Cytology of Neoplasia: An Essential Component of Diagnosis

Anne Barger, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP Cytology is a quick, easy, and inexpensive diagnostic tool. It is commonly used for the diagnosis of neoplastic processes. Cytology has several benefits: The risks of fine-needle aspiration are minimal Anesthesia or sedation is often not required Aspirated tissue does not require any processing—results can be obtained more quickly …

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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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Rehab RX: Early Rehabilitation Modalities and Exercises

Debbie Gross Saunders, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, Diplomate ABPTS Physical rehabilitation of dogs is becoming more common in veterinary medicine. Rehabilitation tools may be employed on many levels for the canine client, starting with basic rehabilitation practices; then expanding based on the level of care the practice would like to offer. A multimodal approach should be …

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