AAHA is aiming the spotlight at veterinary surgery education with its upcoming “AAHA Live Surgery Suite” at the 2013 Yearly Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. During the conference, surgical procedures will be shown live on a massive screen while panels of experts educate the audience.
Feline hyperthyroidism (FHT), also called thyrotoxicosis, affects mostly middle-aged and older cats. It is caused by increased production of thyroid hormones from enlarged thyroid glands in the cat's neck, according to Cornell University. A new set of guidelines and related client materials hopes to better treat this disease. On May 3, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) published “The Guidelines for the Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism” (Guidelines) in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
The accidental death of a family pet that was anesthetized during surgery is causing Colorado to take a closer look at its policy of not requiring veterinary assistants to be licensed.
Given the constant new research, trends, and practices in veterinary medicine related to oncology, it’s difficult for general practitioners to keep up. Now, there’s a resource to help. Today, AAHA released its 2016 Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (“Guidelines”), a “go to” resource general practitioners can use with oncology patients. “Our goal was to provide a ‘snapshot,’ based on general consensus, about how the general practitioner can and should approach and handle cancer,” said Guidelines Task Force chair John Berg, DVM, DACVS, and Professor of Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Early in the new year, an amazing story broke about an 11-year-old boy whose golden retriever, Angel, saved him from a cougar attack in rural British Columbia. The story was picked up by Canadian and American news outlets and the boy and his dog were famous for a day. But what happened behind the scenes? The veterinarian that treated Angel was Jack Anvik, DVM, hospital director of Sardis Animal Hospital in Chilliwack, B.C. Anvik said the dog was brought in by a friend of the family a day after the attack due to bad weather and other factors. “Their examination of the wounds just showed some puncture wounds and the dog did not seem critical enough to them to get it to us right away,” Anvik said. “When Angel walked in she had a limp and some bloodstained fur on her head that the owners had trimmed and cleaned up, but the dog was in surprisingly good spirits, but hey it’s a golden retriever!”
After many months of review, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has revised its position on domestic cat declawing. The revised declawing position statement was approved at a regularly scheduled AAHA Board of Directors meeting in August 2015. The approval came after months of review and revision by the board appointed Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee.
Dr. Karla Bard, Director of Medical Operations at the AAHA-accredited Humane Society of Tampa Bay, led a presentation of landmark research findings at the annual meeting of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) on Saturday, October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. What she said wasn’t what the audience expected to hear.
The FDA has approved a new drug for controlling pain in cats.
After more than five weeks of extensive work by Florida veterinarians, a pit bull named Axel who was wounded in a brutal attack is on his way to joining a permanent home.
A veterinary technician with the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals recently attained the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia.