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.

Dennis J. Chew, DVM, DACVIM


Diagnosing and managing urinary incontinence in dogs (Proceedings)

The causes of urinary incontinence classically are divided into neurogenic or non-neurogenic categories.

Jennifer E. Waldrop, DVM, DACVECC


CVC Highlights: Atypical Addison's: How will I know?

A spectrum of abnormalities-sometimes like "small blips on the radar" should raise your level of suspicion.

Eleanor Lenher, DVM


Combing all evidence

On Aug. 1, 2002, a 12-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding was observed in the field for the primary complaints of pyrexia, inappetence and colic.

Sally Perea, DVM, MS, DACVN


Q&A with Sally Perea, DVM, MS, DACVN (sponsored by Iams)

Dr. Perea discusses protein metabolism in older pets.

Denis J. Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS


Sorting facts from fiction: Canine osteoarthritis myths

Veterinary surgeon and rehabilitation specialist Denis Marcellin-Little sets the record straight about this common condition.

John Albers, DVM


AAAS symposium-Animal rights: Good or bad for veterinarians?

The welfare of companion animals, which are classified by U.S. law as property, is protected by special legislative measures, including anti-cruelty statutes and pet trust arrangements.

John Perkins


Find the right architect

The first step: Figure out what type of client you are. Then choose an architect whose strengths match your needs.

Dennis Chmiel


Slide show can help strengthen client ties

Merrimack, N.H. - A music slide show can be a unique and impressive marketing tool for a veterinary practice.

Elizabeth A. Brown


Check features when buying a radiograph

Buying the right radiograph machine takes research. Dr. David S. Biller, Dipl. ACVR, a radiology professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., suggests you consider these factors when choosing a unit:

Kara Lynch


Give feedback that makes sense

When you say apple, do others hear orange? Use these tips to give helpful feedback that others will understand and appreciate.

Michael Cross, DVM, MBA, CVPM


Does your team know you start every day $900 in the hole?

Does your team know the practice starts out every day $900 in the hole?

Amy Butzier, BS, MEd, CVT


Is team CE worth the money?

Always. Here's why the practice should invest in team member CE-with a script for approaching the boss about it.

Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Biosecurity on the farm (Proceedings)

Maintenance of excellent health and biosecurity standards at the level of the farm is the MOST effective way of maintaining an outbreak-free industry. All disease outbreaks have an index case and all index cases have a point of origin. Because horses are usually maintained at a "home" farm, then the origin of any outbreak should be traced back to the farm level.

Alicia Isenberg, Associate Editor


Avoiding layoffs (Sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health)

While cutting expenses is a critical part of a recession plan, it's not a good idea to lay off employees without fully evaluating the effect the decision will have on the business.

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