RECOVERing from an arrest: Using the guidelines to improve CPR
If a person arrests in a hospital setting, their chance of survival to discharge is approximately 20%.  In dogs and cats, that number drops to 6%. 1   One of the reasons for this discrepancy is that human health care has evidence-based guidelines and requirements for routine training of professionals.  In 2012, the veterinary community also received evidence-based guidelines titled RECOVER (Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation).  These guidelines allow veterinary professionals to streamline their resuscitation and make it more efficient.
Packaging firm CEO pleads guilty to veterinary med counterfeiting 
The chief executive of a packaging contractor in the US has admitted selling counterfeit animal health product labels and packaging in a federal court.

48-year-old California resident Paul S. Rodriguez Jr - who was in charge of Santa Ana, California-based company Action Packing and Design - pleaded guilty to intentionally trafficking in counterfeit labels and packaging for anti-parasite products and veterinary medicines between July 2015 and December 2016.

Survival high in dogs with bloat, research shows
Gastric dilatation-volvulus, or bloat, is life-threatening, but researchers in the UK found that 79.3% of dogs that had surgery for the condition survived. "[I]t is important we raise awareness of the condition and its presenting signs, so owners recognize the condition as soon as it strikes; GDV doesn't offer the luxury of time to wait and see what happens," said researcher and veterinarian Dan O'Neill, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Royal Veterinary College.

           Keynote: Sarah Boston, DVM, DACVS- University of Florida
           Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
           Location: Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, PA
           Credits: 4 RACE approved CE credits
Canine brain scans reveal what your dog is thinking and its pretty sweet!
Dr. Gregory Berns, 53, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, spends his days scanning the brains of dogs, trying to figure out what they're thinking. The research is detailed in a new book, " What It's Like to Be a Dog."

Among the findings: Your dog may really love you for you - not for your food.

Canine umbilical cords are a source of potent stem cells, Petrucci said. Cells are easy to collect, she said, because the tissue is typically discarded after birth. Stem cells can transform into different types of cells and help repair damage.

Welcome Kristen Kicenuik, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) to the
Hope VS Oncology Team this fall!
Dr. Kristin Kicenuik was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in the Biologic Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. She then attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received several scholarships and awards.

Dr. Kicenuik completed one-year internships in small animal medicine and surgery
at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey and oncology at both Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, and the University of Georgia. She subsequently completed her three-year residency at the University of Georgia and obtained board certification in Medical Oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kicenuik's professional interests include clinical trials, translational medicine, and chemotherapy safety. During her residency, she conducted a clinical study investigating the usability of different chemotherapy administration devices. She also spent time with Oncologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to better understand  current and novel treatment strategies being used in children with osteosarcoma.
Cassie Wilcox, DVM, DACVR (RO) to join Radiation Oncology at Hope this fall!
Dr. Cassie Wilcox is our second radiation oncologist to join our team at Hope Veterinary Specialists. Originally from southern California, she graduated with a BS in Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University. She then graduated from veterinary school at the University of Tennessee (go Vols!) and subsequently completed a rotating medical and surgical internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. After completing her internship, she finished a residency in Radiation Oncology at University of California at Davis.

Her professional interests include improving patient comfort and palliative
care. She lives with her boyfriend and two adorable miniature dachshunds.