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Vet contest, Page 22
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s third annual Ameri- ca’s Favorite Veterinarian contest
was suddenly canceled because of harassment of the finalists.
The Schaumburg, Ill., nonprofit organization
blamed the shutdown on activists opposed to the
declawing of cats.
Online public voting was scheduled to end
Sept. 1, but “a vicious cyberbullying attack
which disrupted and contaminated the final
election process” led to the early end on Aug.
26, the organizers reported. All 20 veterinarians
received certificates of recognition.
“We deeply regret that our contestants had to endure this
abuse and intend to take proactive steps in the future to prevent
this type of interference from impacting our activities,” said
AVMF’s chairman, John Brooks, DVM.
By Don Jergler
For Veterinary Practice News
While current treatments for con- gestive heart failure in dogs vary based on a practitioner’s personal
experiences, there are some strong favorites
in the field, cardiology specialists say.
Most veterinary cardiologists use furo-
semide; an angiotensin-converting enzyme
inhibitor like enalapril, benazepril or lis-
inopril; and pimobendan for management
of the most common forms of congestive
heart failure, said John Rush, DVM, MS,
Dipl. ACVECC, Dipl. ACVIM. Dr. Rush is a
professor at the Cummings School of Veteri-
nary Medicine at Tufts University.
For the most common form of heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy—a degenerative mitral valve disease that causes mitral
regurgitation—some veterinary cardiologists
also routinely use an aldosterone receptor antagonist, such as spironolactone, Rush said.
to treating CHF in dogs
Heart disease, Page 26
Joshua Stern, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM,
chief of cardiology at UC Davis,
examines a patient.
October 2015 Volume 27/Number 10 www.VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
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contest called off
due to bullying
By Ken Niedziela
Vets expect more from
Veterinary Practice News
By Don Jergler, For Veterinary Practice News
Diagnostics, Page 29
Veterinarians today expect sophisticated diagnostic technology that gets results quickly, those who sell the technology say.
Jane Robertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, director of
medical affairs at Idexx Laboratories Inc. of Westbrook, Maine, said most practitioners are accustomed to collecting a pet’s blood sample for in-office and reference laboratory
testing and quickly getting results.