Yorkshire with erythema and hyperpigmentation.

Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Update on Treatment Options

May 6, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Above: A Yorkshire Terrier with erythema (skin inflammation) and hyperpigmentation due to atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common cutaneous inflammatory and pruritic diseases in dogs. The treatment options have been expanding over the years, and it is important to note that not all therapies work the same way. Recommendations should always...

Dr. Tisha Harper

Coxofemoral Luxation: Tips for Closed Reductions

Apr 12, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Above: Dr. Tisha Harper is a clinical associate professor and the service head for small animal orthopedics and rehabilitation at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Traumatic hip luxations are commonly seen in dogs and cats, with up to 83% of cases occurring secondary to vehicular trauma. Other causes of coxofemoral luxation include falls, spontaneous lux­ations, and...

Faculty Spotlight: David Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM, DECVIM-CA

Apr 12, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I was raised in the industrial, rainy northwest of England near Liverpool, and got my veterinary degree from Cambridge University in the somewhat snooty, sunny, and much-less-wet southeast. My veterinary education was relatively slow paced (over 6 years) and very enjoyable after the very challenging first two years. I particularly...

Pharmacist’s Corner: Controlled Substance Recordkeeping Tips

Apr 12, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Controlled substance regulations can frequently seem confusing. However, I find that thinking about the main purpose of the regulations can help you determine compli­ant but practical methods for meeting the requirements. For recordkeeping, the goal is to document everything that happens to a controlled substance from the time it is ordered until it is administered,...


Veterinary Drug Xylazine Linked to Human Overdose Deaths

Apr 12, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Above: Xylazine, a veterinary drug used as a sedative with analgesic and muscle relaxant properties, is often used in horses. Xylazine (Rompun®, Sedazine®, AnaSed®) is a medication that is FDA approved for animals only. It is a non-opioid sedative and painkiller. Re­cent reports indicate that it is increasingly being mixed with illegal drugs, such as...

Retrospective Study of Foot Pain in 550 Warmbloods

Mar 12, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Foot pain is a common presenting complaint in Warmblood horses worldwide. Our research group recently completed a large retro­spective, cross-sectional study to determine the most common foot lesions diagnosed by mag­netic resonance imaging (MRI) in Warmblood horses used for dressage, jumping, and eventing. The study represented the largest population of Warmblood horses with foot pain...

Reminder: Necropsy Submissions Go to VDL

Mar 12, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Deceased patients submitted for necrop­sy should be presented to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), not to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. VDL requires a submission form signed by the referring veterinarian for every necropsy specimen. The form can be brought by the owners or faxed/emailed by the clinic; it establishes a VDL account for the referring...

Pharmacist’s Corner: Hazardous Drugs

Mar 11, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a list of hazardous drugs of concern in healthcare settings. The list is split into three groups: Chemotherapy drugs. Non-chemotherapy drugs that meet one or more of the NIOSH criteria for a hazardous drug. This includes drugs that exhibit one or more of the...

Staff Spotlight: Carrie Chandler, CVT, CCRP

Mar 11, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I am originally from Pontiac, Ill., and am the youngest of three children. As my family will gladly tell you, I’ve had a passion for taking care of animals since I can remember.  As a child growing up in the country, I was frequently taking in sick, stray animals and...

Ergonomics for Veterinary Dentistry

Feb 9, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Information abounds to help veterinarians develop and improve their dental diagnostic and treat­ment skills. This article, however, describes devices and techniques that can make the practice of dentistry more ergonomic, com­fortable, and easy. Loupes and Lights Loupes provide illumination and fixed magnification. The adjust­able-brightness lamp may be tilted for optimal viewing. Loupes are fitted to...