W. Bradford Swift, DVM


Coaching your way to the top

Learning how to coach can greatly improve your veterinary practice. Here are some tips to get you started.

Denise Lott


Thanks, Firstline

I hope you continue with this magazine—I found it very interesting and helpful! I marked the article "27 Steps to Make an Ow Visit Wow!" in the July/August issue and left it for our doctors to read.

Nora O'Donnell


5 ways to make clients feel welcome

It only takes a little extra effort to make pet owners feel special. The benefit: happy, loyal clients who appreciate your care.

R. Avery Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVS


Neutering companion exotic mammals (Proceedings)

One of the main reasons for neutering exotic pet mammals is to control reproduction. Medical and behavioral indications are also important factors to consider in making a decision to have a pet neutered.

Robert O. Schick, DVM, DACVD


Dermatologic clinical pathology for dummies

Examining the growing role of digital imaging and artificial intelligence in veterinary dermatology

Nancy Humphrey, RVT


Take a walk on the wild side

Think your practice is a zoo? Try visiting one. That's what the team at Sanford Animal Hospital in Sanford, N.C., did. Team members and their families took in the zoo at their leisure, then they met up at the outdoor pavilion for hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the fixin's.

B. Keith Collins, DVM, MS, DACVO


Client handout: 5 dangers to pets eyes

Educate veterinary clients on what signs to watch for and some dangers to avoid as they try to prevent or get in to see you faster for possible ulcers, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and more in pets.

Gretchen Lee Schoeffler, DVM, DACVECC


Traumatic head injury (Proceedings)

Trauma is a common presenting complaint in the small animal veterinary emergency room and traumatic brain injury occurs in a high proportion of these patients.

Rhonda L. Schulman, DVM, DACVIM


Update on feline asthma (Proceedings)

Feline bronchopulmonary disease (FBPD), often referred to as "feline asthma" actually encompasses a group of common, but poorly understood, airway diseases. It is estimated that bronchopulmonary disease affects 1% of the general cat population and > 5% of the Siamese breed. Cats of any age can be affected and there is no clear gender predisposition.

Ellen Jensen


Diagnosing infectious disease

Historically, veterinarians have had four options for diagnosing most infectious agents.

Laura Greer


Keep 'em guessing

Want a fun, educational way to jazz up your reception area? Post a quiz on your bulletin board, says Laura Greer, practice manager for Above and Beyond Pet Care Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Her practice uses quizzes to keep waiting clients informed and entertained. For example: I come in sizes that range from 2 pounds to 200 pounds, and I sweat through my feet. What am I? Answer: a dog.

Jonathan T. Shiroma, DVM, MS, DACVR


An introduction to DICOM

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine (DICOM), a set of comprehensive communication standards, was developed to promote interoperability of digital imaging devices in human medicine.

Kristine Suszczynski


The Pizza Principle

Here's what pizza can teach you about appreciating your veterinary practice managers and owners.

Laura Austgen, PhD, DVM


West Nile virus infection: Essential facts for small-animal practitioners

The media buzz may have quieted considerably, but West Nile virus continues to cause illness and death nationwide and is here to stay. Within six years of the initial detection of this exotic mosquito-borne virus in New York, it has spread to all continental states, through Canada and Mexico, and into Central America.

Temple Grandin, PhD


AAAS symposium-Improving the welfare of farm animals

In my 30-year career as an animal scientist, I have focused on two areas of cattle and pig treatment badly in need of major improvement: farm housing and slaughterhouse handling.

Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVB


A tip for clients whose dogs exhibit social status aggression

Dr. Benjamin Hart discusses a problem commonly encountered by practitioners--fighting between a client's dogs. Dr. Hart considers one potential cause of this problem: the owner inadvertently undermines the pack hierarchy. He describes a method for quick resolution of aggression between two normal dogs whose owner has created instability and aggression by interfering with the social order. His advice: Show the dogs that you reinforce the same social hierarchy they do. Keep in mind that there are various causes of interdog aggression and that other causes will require different interventions.

Tom Nelson, DVM


Heartworm prevention: The reminder quagmire

Forgetting that monthly preventive-it's so easy to do, even for veterinarians and their own pets (you know you've forgotten a time or two!). Here's why and how to not let clients skip a dose again.

Joe M. Howell, DVM


Who's better for veterinary medicine?

A proven advocate of the veterinary medical profession, President George W. Bush has demonstrated his support personally and politically. Through his keen understanding of the human-animal bond, his leadership in the war on terror and his continued interest in protecting the small businesses of our country, President Bush remains the best candidate to promote our interests as veterinary medical professionals.

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