Geof Smith, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Toxicology Brief: Kalanchoe species poisoning in pets

Kalanchoe is a genus of 150 to 200 plant species, most of which are native to southern Africa, Madagascar, and Australia.

Jerry Roberson, DVM


Common neurological diseases in food animal (Proceedings)

Maybe this doesn't really fit "common" but it is always interesting to hear about cases. The main thing about rabies in cattle (and other species) is that signs are quite variable and inconsistent. Certain signs should be "red flags" for bovine rabies. Oftentimes cattle with rabies will have some history of hindlimb ataxia, weakness, or paralysis (this in itself is typical of many bovine diseases but for cattle exhibiting these signs, rabies should be considered).

Gary Cohen


Surviving a weak economy

There's an old axiom in the veterinary profession that the field essentially is recession-proof.

Liz Marsh


Top 5 veterinary blogs

Save time searching for the best veterinary blogs with this Firstline-approved collection.

Kelly Saporito, DVM


A challenging case: Phimosis in a young adult dog

A 2-year-old 32.1-lb (14.6-kg) intact male mixed-breed dog from a local animal shelter was presented to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals soft tissue surgery service for castration and surgical treatment of phimosis due to a congenitally stenotic preputial orifice.

Byron de la Navarre, DVM


Common parasitic diseases of reptiles & amphibians (Proceedings)

In this presentation we will discuss the various groupings of parasites seen infesting reptiles & amphibians, how to identify them and thoughts on proper treatment to rid the hosts of these parasites.

Stephanie Davis


Job satisfaction hinges on preparation

The veterinary graduate's final assignment as a student requires research, a meticulously planned budget and the right questions.

Denise Shifflett


Celebrate Client Appreciation Week

Clients just might feel spoiled with the attention they receive during Client Appreciation Week at VCA University Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, Va.

Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (nutrition)


Mobility matters: nutritional management of canine joint disease

Osteoarthritis in dogs is often diagnosed late owing to several factors. Here’s why, plus tips for managing this debilitating disease through nutrition.

Randall C. Longshore, DVM, DACVIM


Cervical disorders of large breed dogs (Proceedings)

Disease processes of the cervical spinal cord and vertebral column and the pain and paresis produced by these disorders are a common cause of presentation to the veterinarian.

James R. Richards, DVM


Leading Off: Prepare to re-evaluate your feline vaccination protocols

More than a year in the making, the 2006 American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel Report is scheduled for publication in the Nov. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Brenda I. Santana, DVM


Q&A: So ... you want to be a relief doctor?

Answers to questions about what it takes to become a locum tenens veterinarian.

Michael Weh, DVM, DACVS


Elbow dysplasia (Proceedings)

Elbow dysplasia is a collective term for the developmental orthopedic diseases of the canine elbow. Traditionally, it refers to ununited anconeal process (UAP), osteochondrosis of the humeral condyle (OCD), and fragmentation of the medial coronoid process (FCP).

Veronique Sammut, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)


Skills Laboratory, Part 2: Interpreting the results of a neurologic examination

In this article, I help you correctly interpret the findings of a neurologic evaluation in order to answer the most important question when dealing with a neurologic problem: Where is the lesion?

Christine Olver, DVM, PhD, DACVP


Lymph node cytology (Proceedings)

You should consider three major processes when evaluating cells from an enlarged lymph node: 1) Reactive lymph node 2) Lymphadenitis 3) Neoplasia- lymphoma or metastatic.

Michael Murray, DVM, DACVIM


Climbing out of our emotional silo

Retreating to your emotional silo may feel safer, but it wont protect you long-term.

Albert E. Jergens, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Gastrointestinal motility disorders caused by esophageal disease

Esophageal diseases are an important cause of dysmotility and regurgitation in dogs and cats. Here’s what you should know about these disorders.

Heather Kirkwood


Don't debate--communicate!

Learn to take the sting out of verbal darts and head off conflicts with co-workers.

David Frabotta


Revolving credit reduces ownership opportunities

National Report -Though many veterinarians fret about student loans prohibiting them from buying a practice, the real killer is revolving credit, such as credit cards and car loans.

Kathy Henke


Thanks, Firstline

I just finished reading your September/October issue. I was quite enthralled. There was a lot of good information.

C.W. McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DACVS


Using serum biomarkers to detect early change in joint tissues in horses

Osteoarthritis is a common problem for the athletic horse and has been estimated to cause 60 percent of lameness cases in the athletic horse.

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