JULY 2016
Welcome Dr. David Brewer to Hope Veterinary Specialists

Hope Veterinary Specialists is very excited to introduce you to our new neurologist, Dr. David Brewer, who joins our team of specialists this month. We wish Dr. Arendse the best of luck on her future endeavors at Virginia Tech!

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina in 1999, Dr. Brewer went on to attend North Carolina State University where he graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He received his clinical training at Cornell University in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery and was awarded the ACVIM Certificate of Neurosurgery in 2014. His professional experience has included Emergency/Critical Care Clinician at the Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital in Leesburg VA from 2006 to 2007. From 2010 to 2106 he was an Associate Neurologist/Neurosurgeon and Residency Advisor at Bush Veterinary Neurological Service also in Leesburg, VA. He joined Hope Veterinary Specialist in July 2016. 

In addition to receiving the Companion Animal Faculty Clinical Proficiency Award in 2005 and the Overall Scientific and Presentation Excellence Award from Cornell University, Dr. Brewer has numerous present and past professional society affiliations and memberships. They include being a Member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine; the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network. He has held several executive positions including President of the NSCU-CVM Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is the co-founder of the NSCU-CVM Student Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. Dr. Brewer has also published numerous articles and abstracts and has authored several contributions to books on Veterinary Medicine; He is a sought after keynote speaker, lecturer and presenter at numerous seminars and syposiums relating to his particular field of expertise.
Moving Forward after Pet Loss
The death of your ever-faithful companion animal has turned life as you know it upside down and created a gaping hole in your heart.  Feelings of despair may be indescribable and greater than expected following the passing of a pet.  Life continues, but in a different way and at a slower pace, because your beloved family member is no longer by your side.  Friends and family will offer condolences, but only you truly understand your feelings and the scope of the loss, as they are distinctive to the relationship shared with your pet.

Jennifer Durn, Support Service Coordinator at Hope VS, offers some tips to share with your clients in their time of need. Hope is lucky to be one of the few private practice hospitals in the country to have a licensed professional on staff to help our families through the difficult times that come with having an ill companion as well as to be there to help celebrate positive milestones. She is available at the hospital, over the phone, or via email for all of our Hope families.

Degenerative myelopathy is a degenerative disease of the spinal cord that begins in older adulthood and progresses slowly until dogs are no longer able to walk unassisted. The cause of the disease is associated with a mutation in the SOD1 gene. It is not known exactly how the mutation of this gene leads to degeneration of the spinal cord in dogs, but the disease does interfere with the brain's communication to the limbs, resulting in difficulty walking.

Scientists test nanoparticle drug delivery in dogs with osteosarcoma
At the University of Illinois, an engineer teamed up with a veterinarian to test a bone cancer drug delivery system in animals bigger than the standard animal model, the mouse. They chose dogs -- mammals closer in size and biology to humans -- with naturally occurring bone cancers, which also are a lot like human bone tumors.

AVMA launches database of clinical studies
The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment.

Until now, there really haven't been any national databases for veterinary studies, other than the Veterinary Cancer Trials website focusing on cancer in cats and dogs, said Dr. Ed Murphey, an assistant director in the AVMA Education and Research Division. The new AVMA website encompasses all fields of veterinary medicine and all species of animals and will extend beyond the United States to Canada and the United Kingdom.