LEADER FOR VETERINARY
PRACTICE AND BUSINESS
The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which kicks in Jan. 1, regulates the use
of medically important antibiotics in the
feed and drinking water of U.S. livestock.
While some practitioners wonder how
their world will change under the new federal
rules, the answers depend on who does the talking. Experts
say the switch shouldn’t hit food-animal veterinarians very hard
as long as they pay attention to the details.
VCA, Page 28 VFD, Page 22
December 2016 Volume 28/Number 12
By Don Jergler, For Veterinary Practice News
AAHA to change
about heart health
Technology and the equine vet Page 44
In the Middle: Speak up Page 4 I Surgical Insights: Kirby’s Rule Page 26
Dental Pearls: Chew toys Page 27 I Evidence: Herbs Page 31 I Business: Texting Page 34
When VCA All-Care Animal Referral Cen- ter needed a bigger home, it did what a
lot of veterinary practices wish they could do:
The Southern California hospital moved out
of cramped quarters this past fall to a former
Staples store less than a mile away. The new
25,000-square-foot facility, renamed VCA West
Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospi-
tal, contains just about everything a veterinari-
an could want—from shiny, out-of-the-box exam
tables to a top-of-the-line linear accelerator.
Medical director J. Michael Walters, DVM, MS,
Dipl. ACVECC, took Veterinary Practice News on
a tour of the Fountain Valley, Calif., hospital.
William Folger, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, was at a physician’s office in Houston when he began to receive emails about
a Texas veterinarian who had used a bow and arrow to kill a cat
outside her rural home.
“My first bow kill, lol,” Kristen Lindsey, DVM, wrote on her
Facebook page in April 2015, illustrating the soon-to-be-viral post
with a photo of the impaled animal. “The only good feral tomcat is
one with an arrow through it’s [sic] head. Vet of the year award …
FOR LIVESTOCK VETS,
The Veterinary Feed
Directive aims to
and human health.
By Steve Dale, For Veterinary Practice News
By Ken Niedziela
Veterinary Practice News
Dr. William Folger doesn’t regret
testifying against cat-killing vet.
‘I WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN’
VCA West Coast is one of the best-equipped hospitals in the nation.
Folger, Page 20
One of two water treadmills at
VCA West Coast Specialty and
Emergency Animal Hospital