Designing animal hospitals is a pretty specific architectural niche. “There are a few firms around the country that do it [but] it’s extremely specialized,” says Sean McMurray. McMurray, AIA, NCARB, is a principal architect and partner at Animal Arts, a Boulder, Colorado-based architecture firm that specializes in designing veterinary hospitals and animal shelters from the ground up. And while a few firms around the country may do it, Animal Arts is arguably the best-known.
A Feb. 8 incident that left a Colorado morning news anchor hospitalized and sent a Mastiff to animal control is raising discussion about canine aggression and how to interpret dog behavior. The Argentine Mastiff bit Kyle Dyer, a morning news anchor, on the face as she was doing a story about the dog’s rescue from an icy pond by a firefighter the day before. Dyer was taken to the hospital and the dog impounded at the Denver Animal Shelter. The owner was cited for failure to have his dog on a leash when the dog fell into the pond, and for failure to have a vaccinated dog. Dyer was bitten as she bent her face down to nuzzle the dog’s head. Debra Horwitz, DVM, animal behavior specialist and former president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, presented her insights on canine aggression in "Understanding Canine Aggression" at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, Fla., in January. Aggressive behavior such as biting or growling, Horwitz said, is a normal part of a dog’s repertoire, and is used as a tool to change a circumstance. "Most aggression is motivated by fear and anxiety, not dominance," Horwitz explained.
Unfortunately, most businesses are at least somewhat susceptible to thievery and embezzlement. But how prevalent is embezzling in the veterinary world? Recently, AAHA NEWStat and Trends magazine surveyed a sampling of AAHA members to see how bad this problem is, what kinds of issues people are having, and what measures they have taken to respond to this threat. About 86 percent of respondents said their practice had been a victim of embezzlement, however, less than 30 percent said they had won a criminal or civil case against the thief. Most respondents (83 percent) reported that money was the thing that was stolen. Drugs and supplies each accounted for about 32 percent of stolen goods; services, 13 percent. Of those who responded, roughly one-third reported that the approximate dollar amount of the theft or embezzlement was less than $1,000. A quarter lost between $1,000 and $5,000, and only about 6 percent said they were embezzled out of more than $100,000. Close to 90 percent of practices who responded were general practices, and a majority (28 percent) reported annual revenues of more than $2 million. About 42 percent had between 10 and 20 staff members working at the practice. More than half (55 percent) said the front office staff was responsible for the theft, followed by veterinary assistants (35 percent); and practice managers/hospital administrators at 14 percent.
In an effort to try to treat two incurable dog diseases – degenerative myelopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy – University of California-Davis professor Dr. Rick Vulliet’s research ventures into the near-science-fiction realm of stem cell therapy. A self-proclaimed “agnostic” on the topic of stem cells, Vulliet has high hopes for the technology, but maintains a degree of skepticism. He noted the large number of claims in the media regarding the apparent miracle cure that stem cells offer. “If you read CNN[.com], you get a shot of stem cells and everything is OK,” he said. “Most of the claims are generally bogus.” But Vulliet is determined to try to find an effective treatment for dogs with these debilitating and terminal diseases. He has already begun clinical trials on dogs with degenerative myelopathy. To treat the dogs, Vulliet extracts adult bone marrow cells – mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) – from the patient under anesthesia. The cells are then put in a tissue culture dish for about three weeks, under conditions in which only the stem cells will grow. He then collects the cells and re-injects them into the dog intravenously. If the treatment is viable and approved, veterinarians should be able to do the majority of the treatment in their own practices. Extracting the marrow and re-injecting the cells is a simple procedure, he said, but the cells would need to be grown in a lab. “Any veterinary practice near a tissue culture facility could use this technique,” he said
Things are a long way from being anywhere near back to normal , but with many states starting to relax stay-at-home orders and allowing businesses to gradually begin reopening, employers and staff alike are wondering what that ’ s going to look like. Animal h ospitals are no exception.
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