Bird doctor, practice own- er, professional golfer,
Steven Shaw, DVM, has
accomplished a lot in his 62
years, and he doesn’t plan
to stop anytime soon.
The owner of Broadview
Animal and Bird Hospital
in the Cleveland suburb of
Seven Hills spoke with Veterinary Practice News about
his life as a veterinarian and
as a golfer on the senior tour.
News: Why not be a weekend golfer? Why compete?
Shaw: I started very
late, when I was about 35.
I wasn’t able to join a country club until we had furniture in the house, and once I
joined, I started taking it up.
I used to be a profes-
sional tennis player. My
father was a tennis pro, so
he started me at 3. I played
the Asian tennis tour while I
was in the Philippines. And
then, when I was
building up a vet-
erinary practice, I
took up golf.
From there, I had
proper training and established a sound foundation
with frequent lessons from
several swing coaches,
physical trainers for stamina, flexibility and strength,
and a psychologist/hypno-tist for the mental aspect of
All this allowed me to excel at a much faster level of
play that would take others
years to get to.
You were raised
in White Plains,
N.Y., and went to
in the Philippines. Why
Asia and why veterinary
I had worked for a vet
since I was 12 years of age,
but I couldn’t get into Cornell. I was in medical school
in Puerto Rico and then got
accepted into the university
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July 2016 Volume 28/Number 7
Imagine a world where every patient you see is relaxed
and unafraid, where the animal stands calmly for a blood
draw or willingly lies down for
In this world, clients reg-
Shaw, Page 24
By Ken Niedziela
Veterinary Practice News
Fear Free certification
strives to create a
By Jackie Brown
For Veterinary Practice News
Jerky, Page 42
9 years in, JERKY MYSTERY
Have jerky treats sickened or killed thousands of American dogs since 2007? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration still
The agency revealed that while its years-long investigation remains inconclusive, complaints of jerky-related pet illnesses have
fallen from 54 a month in mid-2014 to just 13 a month as of six
months ago. The numbers are down significantly from the fourth
quarter of 2013, when 1,600 complaints were lodged, and from
2012, when reports also spiked.
Altogether, since 2007 the agency has fielded 5,200 complaints
of jerky problems in more than 6,200 dogs, 26 cats and three people. FDA lacks proof of a connection but hasn’t ruled out a link.
By Ken Niedziela, Veterinary Practice News
Fear Free, Page 30
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a dual life:
ularly bring their pets into the
clinic, not just at times of illness
or injury but for wellness visits
and preventive care. An eager
dog wags his tail as he drags
his owner toward the front door
and a cat happily head-butts you
during her examination.
Sound too good to be true?
Marty Becker, DVM, doesn’t