Welcome Simon Dennis, BVetMed, MVM, DECVIM (Cardiology) 
to Hope Veterinary Specialists!

Yes, yes have have officially introduced you to three new Hope specialists in the last three months! We just keep growing!  We are pleased  to introduce you to Dr. Simon Dennis, who joins our team of cardiologists this month. 

Dr. Simon Dennis was born in the United Kingdom and is a 2000 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London.  He completed a small animal internship and a Masters degree in electrocardiography at the University of Glasgow and then worked as a small animal practitioner in England for 4 years before returning to the RVC in 2005 for a 3-year residency in cardiology.   Dr. Dennis completed his residency and became board-certified in cardiology by the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2008.  He subsequently worked as a small animal cardiologist in the south of London and as a lecturer in cardiology at the RVC, completing a post-graduate certificate in veterinary education and becoming a fellow of the higher education academy in the UK.  

After becoming a well-known cardiologist and lecturer in Europe, he moved to Philadelphia to work at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in cardiology in 2013.  He worked briefly as a cardiologist in New York City before moving to Hope VS in 2016 after deciding that the Philly suburbs was the place he wanted to settle down with his wife Sherry, daughter Sienna and their cat, George Washington.

With Dogs, It's What You Say - and How You Say It
"Both what we say and how we say it matters to dogs," said Attila Andics, a research fellow at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

Dr. Andics, who studies language and behavior in dogs and humans, along with Adam Miklosi and several other colleagues, reported in a paper to be published in this week's issue of the journal Science that different parts of dogs' brains  respond to the 
meaning of a word, and to how the word is said
, much as human brains do.
Heal thyself: Colorado State University hosts veterinary wellness summit
Colorado State University in early November will host an international conference to promote personal well-being among veterinary students and professionals - people who care for animals and their owners, but at times are beset with stress, anxiety and depression.
The fourth annual  AAVMC Veterinary Health and Wellness Summit is set Nov. 4-6 and is expected to draw about 250 attendees. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges leads the summit; it will be hosted for the first time in Fort Collins by the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

VetCompass Harnesses Data to Research and Treat Ailments in Cats and Dogs
Miniature poodles live twice as long as chihuahuas. Almost half the cats that die under the age of five are killed in accidents. And for each kilogram your adult cat puts on, subtract six months from its lifespan.

They are some of the insights gained into the UK's pet population by VetCompass, a system set to deliver the benefits of big data to the cats and dogs of Australia, as well as their owners.
AVMA Addresses Hot Topic Questions Facing Young Veterinarians
Most veterinarians who graduated 15, 20, 30 or more years ago paid only a small part of the total cost of their education. Higher education was more heavily subsidized through public funding - taxpayer dollars - primarily through state legislatures. Across veterinary colleges, in-state tuition has increased 300% over the past 16 years.

Challenges in Feline Cardiology
PVMA District 7 Meeting- Sponsored by Hope Veterinary Specialists
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Location: The Gables at Chadds Ford, Chadds Ford, PA         
Credits: 1.5 hours PVMA approved CE credit

The First Goodbye: Supporting Children through Pet Loss for the Veterinary Professional
            Date: Tuesday November 1, 2016
            Location: Hope VS, 40 Three Tun Road, Malvern, PA
            Credits: 1.0 hour RACE approved for Practice Management/Professional Development

2016 Neurology Symposium
            Date: Sunday November 13, 2016
            Location: Chubb Hotel and Conference Center, Lafayette Hill, PA
            Credits: 5 hours RACE CE

2017 CE in the CITY- Focus on: Dermatology
            Date: Sunday April 2, 2017
            Location: WHYY Studios, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA
            Credits: 5 hours RACE CE

Attending Penn Annual Conference this week? Be sure to visit our booth!