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Congratulations Dr. Harvey: 2018 Global Scientific Achievement Award

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dr. Colin Harvey

Champion of Veterinary Dentistry to receive the 2018 WSAVA Scientific Achievement Award

PVMA wanted to congratulate one of our members, Dr. Colin Harvey, as he has been awarded the WSAVA 2018 Global Scientific Achievement Award that will be officially presented to him at the upcoming WSAVA Congress in Singapore at the end of the month. Dr. Harvey has devoted his career to veterinary dentistry in small animals and made many great advancements in the field. In addition to this, though, he has also been a champion for animal health and welfare in all areas. PVMA President, Dr. Bryan Langlois, first met Dr. Harvey when they were both appointed to the Canine Health Board as part of the revamped Dog Law in 2008. Bryan found him to be incredibly knowledgeable and fair in all aspects we were asked to deal with during that time. Always one to give back, he has also been a regular volunteer at events like the PA Farm Show PVMA booth, answering questions and sparking young minds that will hopefully go on to follow in his footsteps to make animals happier and healthier, one pearly white tooth at a time. PVMA cannot think of a more deserving recipient of such a prestigious award!

About the Award Recipient:

Excerpt from official press release

Emeritus Professor Colin Harvey is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his work to highlight the importance of veterinary oral and dental conditions in companion animals and in developing tools to support the incorporation of dental procedures and dental preventive strategy into daily veterinary practice. The Award, given annually to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal medicine, will be presented during this year’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 25-28 September in Singapore.

Colin Harvey graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences before completing an internship and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He was trained in dental procedures by faculty of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Until his retirement in 2013, he was Professor of Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, a position he held for 33 years. As a Boarded Specialist in both Surgery (ACVS, 1972) and Dentistry (Charter Diplomate of AVDC, 1988), he introduced a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures into clinical, teaching and research activities. This led to improvements in the major oral surgery reconstructive techniques necessary for cancer patients, as well as in the management of oral trauma and congenital and acquired oro-nasal defects. On his retirement, the Penn Vet Dental and Oral Surgery Operatory was named in his honor.

His interest in the relationship between oral health and systemic health in companion animals led to collaborative work that resulted in confirmation of the epidemiological findings in humans that worsening periodontal disease is associated with distant organ (kidney, liver, heart) pathology. He developed the Penn Canine and Feline Periodontal Scoring spreadsheet, which takes into account the wide variation in the size and shape of teeth in dogs and cats when scoring the severity of periodontal disease; this spreadsheet is now in use by veterinarians around the world. As a result of Emeritus Professor Harvey’s passion for veterinary dentistry, he was a founder member of the first veterinary dental organization, the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). He was also a member of the Organizing Committee and first President-Elect of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), later serving as Secretary of AVDC for 14 years. He also organized the group that founded the Veterinary Oral Health Council®, of which he has been Director for 20 years. VOHC is an independent product recognition entity that awards its Seal of Acceptance to products that meet or exceed its standard for retarding accumulation of dental plaque and/or calculus in dogs and cats.

During WSAVA World Congress, he will give one of a series of lectures presented by 2018 WSAVA Award winners. His lecture is entitled: ‘Periodontal Disease – Systemic and Distant Organ Associations in Dogs and Cats; Facts or Conjecture’. Commenting on the Award, Professor Gad Baneth, Chair of the WSAVA’s Scientific Advisory Committee, commented: “Professor Harvey has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of veterinary oral health and has influenced both the science and practice of veterinary dental medicine worldwide."

 

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New Brucella Canis Tests Available At PADLS

Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, June 1, 2018

Brucella canis bacteria

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons 

New Brucella Canis Tests Available At PADLS

Authored by: David L Thompson MS, PhD, and Deepanker Tewari BVSc PhD DACVM

Canine brucellosis is an important, incurable reproductive disease of dogs that is caused by Brucella canis. Natural transmission of canine brucellosis can occur by several routes. B. canis organisms are present in abundance in aborted material and vaginal discharge. Shedding of B. canis may occur for up to six weeks after an abortion. Semen, seminal fluid and urine from infected males have also been shown to be sources of infection. The organism can be present in blood, milk, saliva, nasal and ocular secretions, and in the feces. Carrier animals shed the organisms intermittently and present a risk to other dogs and even for humans. The carrier animals must be identified and removed from the breeding population to stop the spread of disease.

Diagnosis of canine brucellosis is best accomplished by use of diagnostic aids such as serology, PCR and culture.  PADLS-Harrisburg now offers both serology and culture tests for B canis detection. The lab has recently expanded serology test offerings for detection of canine brucellosis.  The Rapid Slide Agglutination Test (RSAT), both with and without 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME), will continue to be used as an initial screening tool.  While this test produces few false negative results, false positive results are common.  Previously, a serum sample yielding an “RSAT pos./RSAT-2ME neg.” result would prompt a request for a client to resubmit another serum sample after 4 weeks to distinguish an acute from a chronic infection. In an infected animal, this follow up testing conducted after 4 weeks normally will show the RSAT-2ME test to be positive following conversion of IgM to IgG antibodies against Brucella.  However, in a number of scenarios we examined, when a second sample was received, no change was seen in the original reactivity.  This result prompted us to introduce additional tests during primary screening in our testing algorithm to address false positives.  In addition to the RSAT -/+ screening test, clients can now request the B. canis indirect immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) test.  The IFA test, is a supplementary screening tool and can help resolve false positives seen with the RSAT test--particularly when RSAT is positive and the RSAT-2ME is negative.  Generally, an “RSAT pos./RSAT-2ME pos.” result indicates infection.  These samples were previously forwarded to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory for performance of the Tube Agglutination Test (TAT+2-ME) confirmation.  The TAT+2-ME test is a semi-quantitative test with increased specificity.  The TAT+2-ME test has now been validated by PVL and is offered as a follow up test.  This new test reduces both the turn-around time and the client shipping fee required for forwarding samples. The serological testing strategy used at the lab is summarized in the diagram (below). 

B canis serology algorithm at PADLS

The isolation of B. canis from a clinical specimen remains the diagnostic gold standard, but because of intermittent shedding, up to 3 consecutive cultures may be necessary to rule out the disease in suspect animals. Recently, PVL added culture option too to enhance the B. canis diagnostic test options. Clinicians should consider B. canis anytime reproductive problems occur whether chronic or acute and all dogs for breeding purposes should be screened for brucellosis.

For more details, visit PADLS.org.

 

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PADLS-Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory is located at 2305 N Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA.

 

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Veterinarians to Share the Love for Chester County Senior Citizens' Pets

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Veterinarians to Share the Love for Chester County Senior Citizen’s Pets

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), the charitable arm of PVMA, will be hosting a Share the Love event on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center located at 153 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. This veterinary care event is for dogs and cats of local senior citizens and will feature local veterinarians and technicians sharing the love of their profession and animals by donating their time to provide:

  • Basic exams,
  • Vaccinations,
  • Flea and tick treatment,
  • Microchipping, and
  • Nail trims.

This event coincides with World Veterinary Day, which is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. Share the Love will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

PVF began sharing the love for senior citizens in Chester County in 2016 when it created its Henry’s Helping Paws Fund. This pilot program began with a partnership with Meals on Wheels in Chester County. It provided free pet food to senior citizens’ pets, which allowed owners and their beloved pets to stay together. In an effort to expand the program to not only offer pet food, but to also provide veterinary care grants to the animals, PVF was able to secure a grant from PetSmart Charities®. This grant made the Share the Love event possible, along with The Last Chance (TLC) Fund, PVF’s grant program that helps to pay for veterinary care for animals in need.

Who qualifies for a free veterinary exam?

Seniors, age 62 and over, who are on a fixed or low income and are located in Chester County, PA are eligible for this event. Seniors who would like to take advantage of these free services are encouraged to call PVF at 888.550.7862 to make an appointment for their pet or click here. This is an appointment-only event, and unfortunately, cannot accommodate walk-ins. This event will provide basic care for pets. PVF will provide a care voucher up to a certain amount that can be redeemed at a participating veterinary practice in Chester County. 

How can PVMA members you help? Sign up to volunteer that day!

We are looking for veterinarians, CVTs, veterinary assistants and CVPMs to help us at the event. To sign up as a volunteer, click here.

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