Alternative medicine

A report in the 6 April issue of Science explains why small dogs are small and large are large. Here’s a news article on the findings. Here’s the abstract.

A British cat won a giant Easter egg.

Tune in online to Heska’s annual shareholder meeting on 4 May 2007. Info about the Webcast is here. (The press release says to “click on the Annual Meeting of Stockholders link on the front page” of the Heska Web site, however when I checked today no such link yet existed; hopefully the PR and IT departments will coordinate a little more closely in the future.)

An editorial in the Times of Malta urges the Maltese to consider setting up their own college of veterinary medicine.

A U.S. military veterinary mission in Djibouti ends up rescuing a young man caught in a flash flood. “With a powerful current of water standing between them and the injured 19 year-old man, three military members, accompanied by a local Djiboutian, tethered themselves together with a rope and made their way into the river.”

A nice story on a Columbus, WI, veterinarian whose husband is reservist serving in Iraq.

A horse in Bakersfield, CA, that got trapped in an overturned, mangled horse trailer (in pouring rain) is rescued. The rescue is caught on camera. (Or you can read a transcript here.) reports on the end of the most recent outbreak of equine infectious anemia in Ireland.

CIO Asia reports on the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s development and implementation of a veterinary management information system. “With the value of the animals being cared for in excess of US$190 million, the stakes are high.” Indeed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on caprine acupuncture.

K9 Magazine explains how the Petplan Charitable Trust, a charity operated by a British pet insurance company, works.

The Veterinary News Network deems itself newsworthy.

Donations from grateful clients to veterinary colleges (and their teaching hospitals) are climbing.

Go for the title (“Plastic Rats and Disposable Lungs”). Go for the lead image (tandem parachuters, one holding a large gray plastic dog). Go to learn about the new generation of pet mannequins being used to train veterinarians. Just go! This story from Wired has so much going for it!

A profile of Emily Hilscher, a veterinary assistant who was one of the people killed at Virginia Tech last week.


The PetsitUSA blog reports on a lab now offering aminopterin testing (although the press release from which they quote makes it sound like the lab isn’t quite set up to run the test). They also mention that Iowa State’s lab has offered to test food and pets. Catmanager spoke with a veterinarian at this lab earlier this week. I found out that Iowa is still getting set up to test for aminopterin but does plan to offer that service. They hope to be set up soon. The veterinarian I spoke with thought the test would cost under $100, but he cautioned that pricing hadn’t been set and would depend on precisely which materials are needed to run the test.

Compassion Fatigue Intervention offers advice to veterinarians on helping clients cope with the recall-related deaths of their patients.

You may be seeing what is called “complicated grief.” This type of grief occurs when the circumstances of a pet’s death make grieving more difficult than usual (as is the case with accidental death)

The therapist behind this blog offers sensible advice. Her final point: don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Veterinary professionals aren’t immune to feelings of shock, sadness, and anger over the death and illness that tainted food has caused.

(Pet Connection has also created a page of pet-loss resources.)

One of the posters at the Vet Tech blog reports on some truly novel pet foods. Canned beaver, anyone?

This guy really, really doesn’t like alternative/holistic medicine. He tells the story of his veterinarian girlfriend’s firing after questioning her bosses about the necessity of treating pets with applied kinesiology and acupuncture.

She was told something to the effect of “I do it if the patient asks. At the very worst, it’s not like it’ll hurt.”