Dawn Roberts


Get to the heart of feline heartworm prevention

Concerned about the threat of feline heartworm infection, team members at Valley Animal Hospital in Roanoke, Va., decided to launch a campaign to educate clients.

Jon D. Plant, DVM, DACVD


Resistant pyoderma (Proceedings)

Resident bacteria are normal inhabitants and are able to grow on normal skin.



Diagnosis canine aggression-why dogs bite the hand that feeds them (Proceedings)

For many years, we taught clients who live with dogs who bite that the problem is likely 'dominance' – the dog is possessing over space, food or other resources to establish a hierarchical position. While some aggressive reactions may be due to the dog's perceived need to guard a resource, there is no evidence that interactions with humans aim at establishing rank.

Kristin Hohnadel, CVT, VTS (cardiology)


Cardiology emergencies (Proceedings)

Technicians familiar with cardiac emergencies can respond quickly and appropriately to minimize suffering and maximize the chance of success of treatment for the patient.

Mark Feltz, DVM


Internet marketing for the new generation of pet owners (Proceedings)

The days of marketing your veterinary practice solely through the Yellow Pages, word of mouth or local newspapers are over.

Keith A. Hnilica, DVM, MS, DACVD


VIN Clinical Q&A: How useful is topical tacrolimus in treating perianal fistulas?

How much success have you had using topical tacrolimus as a single agent once or twice a day to treat perianal fistulas?

Sarah Carey


Equine Influenza Virus

UF researchers link equine influenza virus to canine susceptibility

Henry Green III, DVM, DACVIM


Basic electrocardiography: Recognizing common arrhythmias (Proceedings)

The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a record of the average electrical potential generated in the heart muscle at the body's surface.

Gail Garfinkel Weiss


Are you a workaholic?

You know the type. You might even be the type-the DVM who routinely puts in 12-plus hour days, never takes vacations, can't bear to delegate, feels anxious and purposeless when not on the job.

Brenda Bishop, VMD


Fibromyalgia cases trickling into practice

In every practice, there are baffling cases that defy a traditional diagnostic approach.

Becky L. Morrow, DVM


Clinical Exposures: A perinephric pseudocyst in a cat

An 11-year-old 14.5 lb (6.6 kg) castrated male domestic shorthaired cat was presented for evaulation of a progressively distended abdomen.

Annette N. Smith, DVM, MS, DACVIM (oncology and small animal internal medicine)


Practical Matters: Ultrasonography's limits in staging tumors

Most oncologists perform staging in cancer patients to help determine treatment options and prognosis.

Chris E. Kawcak, DVM, PhD, DACVS


Surgical advances for musculoskeletal diseases (Proceedings)

There have been several surgical procedures developed in the last few years to aid in treating musculoskeletal disease in horses.

Stephanie Kottler, DVM


What you need to know regarding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Staphylococcus aureus is part of the normal flora of the skin, mucous membranes, urogential tract and alimentary tract of people.

Gary I. Glassman, CPA


Should I go for a conventional or SBA loan for my veterinary hospital?

Fixed interest rates, extended terms of payment ... uh, maybe we'd better leave this to the expert.

Nathan Slovis, DVM, DACVIM, CHT


Acute abdomen in foals: Emphasis on the ultrasound (Proceedings)

Abdominal pain in the foal can be a frustrating diagnostic challenge as the differential diagnosis are extensive. Abdominal pain can progress rapidly leading to septicemia or even death.

Byron L. Blagburn, MS, PhD


Heartworm Q&A: What do I need to know about heat-treating samples?

Dr. Byron Blagburn lays out the basics for practicing veterinariansif you suspect heartworm infection but get a negative antigen result, consider heat-treating the sample.

Robert Larson, DVM, PhD, DACT, DACVPM


Case studies: Heifer development and reproductive failure (Proceedings)

Because one goal of proper heifer development is to improve second parity pregnancy percentage, a beef producer may ask "what is the impact of higher pregnancy percentages during the second breeding season on costs and income?" Table 1 displays the effect of changing pregnancy percentage for first-calf heifers in 5-percentage point increments on the percent of the herd that must be replaced each year and the average age of the herd. In general, given the assumptions in the table, for every 5-percentage point improvement in first-calf heifer pregnancy percentage, the number of replacements needed for the herd decreases by about 1 percentage point and average cow age increases by .01 years.

Robert A. Kennis, DVM, MS, DACVD


Feline alopecia (Proceedings)

Feline alopecia is a common dermatologic presentation because of the overt clinical findings observed by the owner. Alopecia can broadly be categorized into traumatic induced, hair follicle/shaft damage, and hair cycle abnormalities.

Douglas R. Mader, MS, DVM, DABVP


Antibiotic therapy in reptiles (Proceedings)

To date there have been very few pharmacokinetic studies published in reptiles, and with only only limited numbers of antibiotics.

Julie Legred, CVT


Veterinary technician or veterinary nurse?

NAVTA calls for term change to veterinary nurse in a special announcement to kick off National Veterinary Technician Week.

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