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Tuesday
Aug132013

If She Only Had a Brain

Entry, Experiences
Becky Zaremba, Ross University

During my undergraduate time at Purdue University I took a summer volunteer position at the large animal teaching hospital which allowed me to shadow clinicians as well as become familiar with basic veterinary skills. Since I was interested in pursuing a career in equine practice this is what was referred to as “a good life choice”! The poor life choice that followed was that I hadn’t invested in a Dorland’s Medical Dictionary sooner and, like most vet students, I had a hyperactive baby animal gene.

During one of my rotations, a four day old American Mini filly presented with a fist sized mass on the dorsal aspect of her skull. After further evaluation the mass was identified as a meningocele. A neurologic exam indicated that she had ataxia of all four limbs and that her vision was incomplete. Otherwise, she acted as if she was a normal healthy foal, but was not sufficiently nursing from a bottle as she was donated to the university as an orphan. A nasogastric tube was placed and a CT scan was scheduled in order to more closely examine the meningocele. The CT scan is when I truly became involved in the case as it was, hands down, the most interesting thing I had yet to encounter in veterinary medicine.

The CT scan had revealed that the meningocele contained brain tissue and fluid. The clinicians on the case had started discussing options for the filly and at that point they were unsure if there was anything that they would be able to do.

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Monday
Aug122013

Press Release: Partners for Healthy Pets

Partners for Healthy Pets is an alliance of more than 20 leading veterinary associations and animal health companies committed to a vision of improved overall health for pets. As SAVMA is an associate member, The Vet Gazette will be regularly posting updates. Visit thier website to learn more!

AVMA, AAHA & MORE THAN 90 VETERINARY HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO LAUNCH DIRECT TO CONSUMER CAMPAIGN URGING ANNUAL CHECKUPS FOR FAMILY PETS


CHICAGO (July 18, 2013) – With reports of pet obesity, diabetes and cancer on the rise, officials of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and more than 90 organizations across all levels of the veterinary profession have joined together to form Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP), a group that today previewed a public information campaign urging pet owners to schedule annual checkups for their cats and dogs.


“This is an unprecedented opportunity for the veterinary care community,” said Ron DeHaven, DVM, Chief Executive Officer of the AVMA and chairman of the partnership. “It’s a platform for all of us to communicate the importance of preventive care to pet owners, to enhance the relationships we share with them, and ultimately to deliver even higher quality preventive care.”

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Sunday
Aug042013

Cats at Peace

Entry, Creative Corner
Cynthia Xue, Cornell

"Cats at Peace" pencil and paper

Wednesday
Jul242013

What is SAVMA?

Check out the video our Integrative Communications and Diversity Committee made. The animation was hand drawn by SAVMA Delegate and ICDC Chair Kirk Kasuya.

Monday
Jul222013

SAVMA Symposium 2015 Announced