Catmanager received the March Veterinary Practice News on Tuesday. Although VPN does not make contents of the current issue available online, some articles from this issue might be available online at a later date. Of note in the current issue:

  • Barbaro makes the cover for a story about what went into the decision to euthanize. Included is a timeline of the key dates from his accident to his euthanasia.
  • A commentary on the letters page (2) argues that veterinarians, and veterinary schools in particular, must resist the siren song of pharmaceutical marketing. The drug company representative, with her free samples, paid lunches, and all-expenses-paid CE will lead us only into the perilous waters of conflict of interest. (Catmanager, who used to copyedit a bioethics journal that frequently discussed this issue on the human medicine side, agrees with the commentator.)
  • The Small Animal section includes two articles (18–19; 24) on thyroid problems, primarily feline hyperthyroidism. Also in this section is an article (20–21) on the use of nutraceuticals as a tool in fighting cancer. The article provides a nice summary of the debate over the use of antioxidants in patients receiving chemotherapy.
  • The author of an article on aromatherapy (22–23) neglects to indicate whether her comments apply to cats (she mentions only dogs), which is amusing because the article that follows (25) is titled “Understanding the Gap in Feline Care.” Catmanager was surprised to see how large the gap between cats and dogs had become: nearly 1.5 feline friends to every 1 canine friend. And “‘the population of owned cats is growing 25 percent faster than dogs,'” according to Dr. Patricia Olson, head of the Morris Animal Foundation. Despite this, cats consistently receive less attention from owners, researchers, and, dare I say it, small animal veterinarians.
  • Also in the Small Animal section: Dr. D. H. DeForge discusses (26–27) “Veterinary Pedodontics” (synchronicity? The current issue of Veterinary Medicine has an article on the same topic [be sure to see my review of that journal’s new online edition!]); and Dr. Kevin Hahn, who writes the Oncology Outlook column (28), explains why asparaginase is his favorite drug. He begins with a comment that is best not taken out of context: “I love doing drugs for a living.”
  • A special section called Veterinary Practice Staff includes articles on dealing with unhappy clients, how to become a certified practice manager, and hematology.
  • The Hobby Farms section (36–37) recommends species-specific diets for small herds of sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas.
  • The inside back cover features a profile of aquarium veterinarian Doug Mader.