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“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.

We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

–Brené Brown

In 2016, The Oiho State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) began a strategic planning process systematically evaluating 6 crucial domains: 1) institutional culture and sustainability of its people, 2) education and success of our students, 3) innovative and impactful research, 4) features of a highly successful referral veterinary medical center,

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Antimicrobial stewardship has been defined for the veterinary profession as “the actions veterinarians take individually and as a profession to preserve the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs through conscientious oversight and responsible medical decision-making while safeguarding animal, public, and environmental health.” 1 These actions may include making a commitment in one’s veterinary practice by assigning a staff member to track stewardship activities, selecting antimicrobials in a judicious and evidence-based manner, or attending continuing education about antimicrobial use (AMU) decision-making. The

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Overview of Outcomes Research

Outcomes research entails the application of clinical- and population-based research methods to optimize the end results of health-care practices and interventions, delivering benefits and value to stakeholders. 1 Widely used in human health care, outcomes research principles can assist health-care providers and their patients in making decisions regarding medical costs while weighing available treatment options. The overarching goal of health-care providers should be to achieve clinical outcomes and improve value for patients. Value, however, is not the same as low cost. Porter and Lee 2 defined value as the health-related outcomes that matter to

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Veterinary education is becoming more and more complex, but the ultimate goal—providing an education that will prepare students for entry-level positions in the profession—remains the same. Often, hands-on work with living animals aimed at achieving core competencies is relegated to the final year of the veterinary curriculum. But, incorporating honeybees allows introduction of these important concepts during earlier years of veterinary student training. In addition, honeybees are under severe threat from a multitude of health problems, and this has dire implications for our own food supply. Veterinarians need to be actively involved in addressing this health crisis. Ever since the US FDA implemented its Veterinary Feed Directive rule, which dictates how certain antimicrobials can legally be administered in the feed or water of food-producing animals, and made changes to its policy on the use of medically necessary antimicrobials on bees, honeybees have fallen under the direct purview of veterinarians, highlighting the need for greater literacy in honeybee health. The present manuscript describes reasons why and ways how honeybees can play a larger role in the education of veterinarians in the United States.

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The past several decades have seen substantial advances in clinical veterinary medicine, including widespread specialization, access to more complex diagnostic testing and imaging methods, and increased availability of advanced treatments. However, these advances, in conjunction with the increasing costs of veterinary education, medical equipment, and general practice operations, mean that veterinary care can be financially out of reach for many pet owners.1 A recent survey2 of pet owners in the United States found that 28% had experienced a barrier to veterinary care in the previous 2 years and that the overwhelming barrier, for all types

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Technological advances are creating an ever-widening array of options for detecting pathogens and diagnosing diseases of concern in clinical and regulatory veterinary medicine. New technology can facilitate timelier responses and, in some instances, move assays from laboratory-based to patient-side. However, these technological advances can also create confusion in selecting the most appropriate tests and interpreting their results. The present article discusses the process of diagnostic test validation and the use of molecular diagnostic tests in clinical and regulatory veterinary medicine. For the purposes of this article, the term molecular diagnostic tests refers to tests that detect molecular components, including

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“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.”

John Holt

In his more than 25 years of general practice, Dr. Mike Dyer has seen the many challenges new veterinary graduates face. He and his partners employ approximately 20 veterinarians in 9 practices in the tristate area encompassing southeastern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, and western West Virginia. Typically, he says, it takes about 2 years for a new graduate to become fully prepared for practice. “It's like we've had to complete their clinical training once we hired them,” says Dr. Dyer, whose Appalachia-based practices

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Phosphorus is the 11th most abundant mineral on earth and is present in all living organisms. It is found in every part of the cell, including the phospholipid bilayer membrane, the mitochondria, and the nucleus. Phosphorylation is important for regulation of enzyme activity and results in both activation and inactivation of various key enzymes. The largest pool of phosphorus in vertebrates is skeletal tissue, which acts as a storage depot and may release or absorb phosphorus as needed. Overall, phosphorus comprises about 1% of the total body weight of an adult person, with 85% in skeletal tissue and bone,

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Mental health and stress have become increasingly important concerns for veterinarians 1,2,3,4 and, especially so, veterinary students. 5,6,7 A study 5 in Australia, for example, found that veterinary students self-reported greater levels of personal stress than medical students, junior medical officers, practicing veterinarians, and the general public. Some studies 5,7 have described the transition into the veterinary curriculum (ie, the first and second years) as most stressful, whereas others have described the preclinical and clinical years (ie, the third and fourth years) as

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Over the past 15 to 20 years, we have seen what we believe to be an increased incidence of copper-associated hepatopathy in dogs. The onset of this increase appears to have coincided with a change in the type of copper used in premixes added to commercial dog foods. And, more recently, the increased incidence may have been exacerbated by consumer-driven desire for pet foods formulated with a high content of animal-based ingredients (eg, evolutionary diets), including certain organ meats, that might introduce additional copper and by trends favoring foods containing vegetables with a high copper content (eg, sweet potatoes).

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