JUNE 2017
Surgical Oncology: Canine Oral Fibrosarcoma

A 10-year-old, female spayed Labrador retriever presented with a caudal maxillary and palatine mass. The owners noted a right-sided facial swelling with associated halitosis 3 weeks prior to presentation. The referring veterinarian initially suspected a tooth root abscess, but she did not respond to a 14 day course of amoxicillin-clavulanic acid. The dog was then referred for further evaluation and treatment.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a sustained increase in systolic and/or diastolic pulmonary artery pressure.  Severe pulmonary hypertension is often associated with high morbidity and mortality in humans and animals, and the diagnosis often carries a grave prognosis.  

Med school center asking for $50K in donations to support UNC PAWS
UNC's School of Medicine has turned to crowdfunding to save a program that trains shelter puppies to become support dogs for people with mental illnesses.  The alternative, if the fund drive doesn't meet its $50,000 goal by the end of June, is to suspend the UNC PAWS program, officials with the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health say.

As of Friday afternoon, with 7 days remaining in the campaign,  the UNC PAWS drive  had raised $38,116. 


Want To Speed Biomedical Research? Do It In Dog Years
Biomedical research takes a long time... Way too long for patients anxiously waiting for treatments that can keep them alive or spare them agony. So, here is an idea. How about switching research's typical drawn-out, excruciating timeline to  dog years .  Dog years?

Keynote Speaker:  Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR
Cornell University

Dr. Joseph Wakshlag is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He continued on with residencies in both anatomical pathology and veterinary nutrition from 1999-2005.  He also worked to complete a PhD in Pharmacology in 2005.  He became a board certified veterinary nutritionist in 2008 and currently serves on the board of directors of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.  His passion for working dogs and multiple publications in the area of sporting dogs led to his being a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a current board member.  He is well published in the areas of cancer biology, sporting dog nutrition and basic veterinary nutrition.  He has been working to improve the health and well-being of dogs and cats through improving and implementing dietary plans for many disease processes; as well as utilizing nutritional supplementation to improve current dietary plans for healthy canine athletes and dogs with various chronic diseases.  Dr. Wakshlag, still dabbles in sporting dog endeavors with his 4 remaining sled dogs and his Stabyhoun, Gracie.

Location: Harry's Savoy Grill- Wilmington, DE
Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits
RSVP:   https://hopevssportsmedicine.eventbrite.com

Feline Symposium
Keynote: Susan Little, DVM, DAVBP
Date: Sunday October 15, 2017
Location: TBD-Main Line Area
Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits

Veterinary Surgical Oncology Symposium
           Keynote: Sarah Boston, DVM, DACVS- University of Florida
           Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
           Location: Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, PA
           Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits
           RSVP:   https://hopevssurgicaloncology.eventbrite.com

Have a Safe and Happy July 4th!
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