MAY 2017
Pathology of Canine Melanocytic Neoplasms

Not only can melanocytic neoplasms be challenging to treat, they can also be challenging to diagnosis and to prognosticate. Providing a definitive diagnosis for poorly pigmented and amelanotic melanocytic neoplasms is often difficult based on microscopic examination alone, as these tumors can closely mimic poorly differentiated malignant neoplasms such as carcinomas, soft tissue sarcomas, and round cell tumors. It is, however, of the utmost importance to accurately diagnose melanocytic neoplasms, as prognosis and therapy vary greatly between differentials.

The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of in-person collaborative care by primary care veterinarians and board-certified veterinary cardiologists on survival time of dogs after the onset of congestive heart failure (CHF) and on associated revenue for the attending primary care veterinarians.

Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is the most common cause of bacterial skin diseases in dogs.  It was "renamed" when advanced identification techniques were used to clarify the differences between S. pseudintermedius and S. intermedius.  Any reference to S. intermedius prior to 2009 should be assumed to be S. pseudintermedius.  S. schleiferi is the second-most common cause of bacterial skin infections. Bacteria began developing strategies to become resistant to antibiotics ever since the initial usage of antibiotics.
The Emergency Service at Hope has the privilege of seeing a wide range of complex and challenging cases, many of which come in as referrals or direct transfers from our general practice colleagues.  We do our best to communicate thoroughly and frequently, both before and after a patient has been transferred, to ensure efficient and effective care throughout an acute or chronic disease process.  With that in mind, questions often arise as to who does what and when, in terms of both diagnostics and treatments. 

When Peterson entered veterinary school in 1972, feline hyperthyroidism seemingly didn't exist; today, he treats nothing else. In the intervening decades, hyperthyroidism somehow became an epidemic in cats, and no one knows why.  "I've devoted most of my time in the last 35 years to this," said Peterson, who noted that he has treated more than 10,000 hyperthyroid cats, "and I still have more questions than I have answers."

A group of doctors at Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern received an unexpected tribute from the Chester County Sheriff's Office last week - a gesture with unlikely ties to a 2014 firebombing.

The staff at the emergency and critical-care facility was poised to host a first-aid symposium for a group of K-9 handlers participating in the Chester County Sheriff's Office K-9 patrol and narcotics training course. But first, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh and members of the K-9 Unit had other plans.

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

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

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