ISU Vet Pulse

New Clinical Services – Internal Medicine (Urology)

The Small Animal Internal Medicine Service is pleased to offer cystoscopy procedures for dogs and female cats with urinary disorders.

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Criticalist Joins LVMC Staff

Dr. April Blong joined the clinical sciences faculty as an assistant professor April 25.

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Creating a Cat-Friendly Practice

At the 2016 IVMA winter meeting, Dr. Joyce Carnevale, Dipl. ABVP (Canine/Feline), shared some tips to create a more cat-friendly practice based on the AAFP’s Cat-Friendly Practice Program.

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New Equine Flooring

The large animal hospital has seen a lot of horses walk through the receiving ward since the facility became operational in early 2009. Not surprising, the floor was beginning to see the wear and tear. Last month, contractors put a coating of heavily textured polyurea on the floors. “It’s similar to truck-bed liners,” said Derek Kraayenbrink, large animal hospital veterinary technician supervisor. “It’s a long-lasting, textured coat that provides traction and helps prevent slippage. The new seamless coating is easy to clean and disinfect.” He added, when a high-traffic area wears out, it can be easily be re-sprayed, rather than re-coating the entire floor.

Respect the Line

Biosecurity and infection control have always been a critical operational component at the LVMC’s Large Animal Hospital. “Infections are a constant threat,” said Derek Kraayenbrink, large animal hospital veterinary technician supervisor, “and clearly we want to protect our patients, staff and students. With the peak seasons for calving and foaling on the horizon, we took a hard look at our processes in January – what worked, what didn’t – and implemented protocols that could be easily and consistently followed.”

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Upcoming Studies in Feline Medicine

This summer, Dr. Laura Van Vertloo, board-certified small animal internist at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, will be conducting two feline medicine studies: chronic kidney disease and low-stress handling & blood pressure measurement.

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New Clinical Rotations for VM4s

Two new, elective clinical rotations are available to fourth-year students this academic year: poultry medicine and veterinary dentistry.

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Spring 2016 Vol 3. No. 1

From the Hospital Director

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is rapidly approaching one of the most exciting times of the year. On Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother’s Day, 142 students will make their families proud and will become Doctors of Veterinary Medicine. For many of these young veterinarians, this will be the culmination of a lifelong dream. For all of them, it will be the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

Those of us who have been in the profession a while know that their work has just begun. Lifelong learning is a hallmark of every professional. This learning will include the science and the true art of our profession. The challenge as new graduates is to develop client communications skills, interpersonal relationships, and strive to find work-life balance. The focus will change from
“book learning” to “people learning.”
The College of Veterinary Medicine is charged by the AVMA Council on Education with assuring that all of our graduates have demonstrated that they are competent in 132 procedures. We who have had the privilege of guiding these new Doctors of Veterinary Medicine take our responsibility very seriously and hope we have successfully trained these young professionals to contribute to the profession and society.
To all of our graduating students:Congratulations. To the supporters of these new doctors and to the supporters of our college: Thank you.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Dr. Tom Johnson
Director of Hospital Operations, LVMC



Heather Brewer, Tracy Ann Raef, Dave Gieseke

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