News & Info
Click here for the November 2013 issue of The Kansas Veterinarian newsletter.
Click here for the minutes from the November 2013 KVMA Board of Directors meeting.
K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Newsletter Available
December 4, 2013
As a service to our members, the KVMA emails the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory's Diagnostic Insights newsletter for your information. Click here for the November 2013 issue.
Lifelines - December 2013
The December 2013 issue of Lifelines, the official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is available online. here.
Employers Must Supply Notice of Health Care Options to Employees by Oct. 1
September 18, 2013
All employers, regardless of size, must supply information to their employees by Oct. 1 on health care options available on health care exchanges (Marketplace) provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Two sample notices are available on the U.S. Department of Labor website. Click here for more information.
KVMA Officers Installed at June Conference
September 1, 2013
KVMA installed officers for 2013 – 2014 during its annual meeting at the recent June Conference for Veterinarians at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan.
Dr. Rick Tanner, Topeka, is KVMA president for 2013 – 2014. He attended Larned public schools and graduated from the K- State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After practicing veterinary medicine for a number of years in Kansas, he now works for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Topeka.
Dr. Tanner has represented the KVMA in the past on the Kansas Statewide Animal Response Team and was appointed in 2008 to the Veterinary Prescription Monitoring Program Task Force. Dr. Tanner and his wife, Kathy Gross, Ph.D., have three children, Kara, Weston and Kaycee.
Dr. Beth Davis, Manhattan, is the 2013 – 2014 KVMA president elect. Dr. Davis graduated from Florida University with a DVM degree in 1996 and from K-State with a Ph.D. in 2004.
Dr. Davis is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – large animal. She was an assistant professor at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine from 2003 to 2006. She was an assistant professor and head of the equine medicine and surgery section at the College from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Davis is currently an associate professor and head of the equine medicine and surgery section at K-State.
Dr. Marty Vanier, Manhattan, is the new KVMA vice president. Dr. Vanier is director of operations for KSU’s National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, designed to develop, coordinate and implement programs to address threats to the ag economy and food supply.
She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from K-State in 1979 and a DVM degree in 1981. Dr. Vanier first joined K-State in 1989 as a research assistant for the Food Safety Consortium. From 1992 to 1999, she was executive director of the Kansas Agricultural Alliance.
Dr. Vanier was named Kansas Veterinarian of the year by the KVMA in 2009 and received the KVMA President’s Award in 2002 and 2012.
Dr. Aaron White, Norton, is the KVMA trustee at large for 2013 – 2014. Dr. White grew up on a farm near Kingsdown, Kansas and graduated from Minneola, Kansas High School.
He received a BS degree from Sterling College in 2000 with a major in biology and a minor in accounting. Dr. White graduated from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM degree in 2004. He owns Norton Animal Health Center.
Dr. White has served as KVMA northwest district trustee and as a member of the KVMA State Fair Committee. He is active in the Norton community and the Norton Christian Church. Dr. White and his wife, Sarah, a veterinarian, have three children, Gideon, Isiah and Genesis.
Dr. Bill Bayouth, Lawrence, is the 2013 – 2014 KVMA treasurer. Dr. Bayouth graduated from K-State with a BS in biology in 1972 and with a DVM degree in 1974.
After practicing veterinary medicine in California and Colorado, Dr. Bayouth returned to Kansas in 1977 to practice at Animal Hospital of Lawrence where he remains currently.
He presently serves on the advisory board of the Ballard Center and is on the Douglas County Animal Response Team. Dr. Bayouth has been named Lawrence Public Schools Outstanding Citizen and has received the Ballard Citizenship Award.
Kansas Veterinary Quarterly Available
August 7, 2013
The KVMA News Online is making the summer issue of the Kansas Veterinary Quarterly, published by K-State Research and Extension Service and the College of Veterinary Medicine, available to KVMA members.
Click here for the complete issue of the Kansas Veterinary Quarterly.
Kansas Board of Veterinary Exminers Seeking Director
July 15, 2013
Two of the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners long term employees are retiring from their current positions with the agency. Dr. Dirk Hanson retires from the Executive Director position after serving twenty years in that capacity. Mr. Larry O’Hara retires from the Inspector position after serving fourteen years in that role.
To help with training and transition, and do agency casework, Dr. Hanson will remain employed by the Board in the position of agency case Investigator.
The Board now begins search efforts for a new Executive Director and a new Inspector.
Interested persons are encouraged to provide a letter of introduction and resume to the attention of Board Vice-President Mark Olson, DVM at the agency office by mail to KBVE, PO Box 242, Wamego, KS 66547 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus
July 15, 2013
KSVLD has developed a duplex real-time PCR assay for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv):
- Samples: feces, intestinal content or a piece of intestine
- Please ship the samples on ice packs for overnight delivery
- The current price for the test is $30 per sample
- We do not have the test listed on the submission form yet; please write "PEDv PCR" on the submission form.
If you have questions, contact Dr. Jianfa Bai at email@example.com or 785-532-4332 or Dr. Dick Hesse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-4457.
Kansas Animal Health Newsletter June/July 2013
July 15, 2013
Click here to view the Kansas Department of Agriculture's June/July 2013 Animal Health Newsletter.
K-State Seeking Canines for Osteoarthritis Study
April 29, 2013
Investigators at the KSU Veterinary Health Center are seeking lame, osteoarthritic dogs for participation in a clinical trial of dextrose prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is the injection of a substance into joints or tendons in order to stimulate repair. Prolotherapy was improved joint stability, range of motion, comfort and reduced joint swelling in several clinical trials in humans, but has not been tested in veterinary medicine.
What patients are eligible?
Dogs with lameness and radiograph-confirmed osteoarthritis of the elbow, shoulder, tarsus or stifle will be enrolled. Dogs that are non-responsive or partially-responding to conventional medical treatments are ideal candidates. Dogs must weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds), have a detectable lameness on initial force mat analysis, have no analgesic medication changes in the two weeks prior to enrollment, and must not have had any orthopedic surgery within 6 months prior to enrollment in the study. They must remain on their currently prescribed medications for the duration of the study.
Dogs will be initially evaluated at the KSUVHC by veterinary lameness examination, measurement of range-of-motion, radiographs, post treatment owner questionnaires, and objectively evaluated utilizing a Tekscan Pressure Sensing Walkway. The Tekscan Walkway is a non-invasive, sensitive measurement of weight bearing in dogs.
After enrollment in the study, the affected joint on the lame limb will receive an intraarticular injection of the prolotherapy agent or a placebo agent at the initial visit and the 6 week visit. Evaluations, including the objective walkway, will be repeated at 6 and 12 weeks post initial-injection. Owners will bear the cost of initial examination and radiographs, but the costs of subsequent visits are covered by a grant funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. This study has been approved by the KSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
For further information, contact Dr. Matt Sherwood at: 785-532-5690 or email@example.com.
Kansas Areas VMLRP Designated
April 29, 2013
The Kansas Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment (VMLRP) Working Group is very pleased to announce seven Kansas areas were accepted for VMLRP designation. Applications for these positions will be accepted until May 31, 2013. Several members of this committee are willing to review applications and are available for guidance in the application submittal process.
Please contact Randy Norton, DVM, firstname.lastname@example.org; Paige Ayers, DVM, email@example.com; or LewAnn Schneider, DVM, firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/animals/in_focus/vmlrp_13/vmlrp_shortage_situation_kansas.html to view the Kansas map of designated areas. These are Large Animal shortage areas and must provide at least 30 percent Large Animal services (12.5 hours per workweek).
Veterinarians, clients key to preventing prescription errors
By Jen Nigro
December 18, 2012
Chances are when you send a client home with a prescription for their pet, you have checked and double-checked to make sure the type and dosage of the medication are correct. You trust the pharmacist to follow your instructions to the letter- but that may not always happen. The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association has received several reports recently of human pharmacists making changes to veterinary prescriptions. They, in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association, are working with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy to make sure action is taken when this happens.
The push started last summer when the AVMA sent a letter to all 50 state boards of pharmacy expressing concern over reports of pharmacists changing dosages or drugs on veterinary prescriptions without consulting the prescribing veterinarian. The KVMA then sent a letter of its own to the state board detailing several examples. One involved a pharmacist in the Johnson County area reducing the dosage on a thyroid medication to meet human standards, thereby rendering it ineffective for the animal receiving it. Another involved a Kansas City, Kan., pharmacist telling a client they could substitute Ibuprofen for Rimadyl after the client expressed concern at the cost.
The letter, written by Dr. Tom Jernigan, DVM, noted that though human pharmacists are uniquely educated to deal with humans, they aren’t specifically trained to treat non-human species. “The KVMA respectfully requests that pharmacists be directed to communicate directly with referring veterinarians before making any therapeutic or management recommendations or suggestions for alternative animal medications or dosages,” he wrote. In addition to contacting the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, Gary Reser, Executive Director of the KVMA, met with the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners along with Dr. Beth Davis, Dr. Shirley Arck, and Dr. Marty Vanier.
Board President Jim Garrelts responded to the KVMA’s concerns with a letter of his own, stating the board would take the concerns seriously and investigate any complaints filed with them. He also expressed a willingness to collaborate with the veterinary profession to educate Kansas pharmacists about medication dosing and use in animals. “The Kansas Board of Pharmacy reaction to the KVMA letter and visit was extremely enthusiastic,” said Reser. “We are very pleased with how it turned out.”
Regardless of which side of the state line you live on, complaints should be made to your state’s Board of Pharmacy. On the Kansas side, you can do that by visiting www.ks.gov/pharmacy. Click on the Legal Division link on the left side of the page, then Consumer Complaint Form. Once filled out, send the form to Kansas Board of Pharmacy, 800 SW Jackson, Ste. 1414, Topeka, KS 66612. In Missouri, go to www.pr.mo.gov/pharmacists.asp. Choose the “Complaint Form” link on the right side of the page. Once filled out, send the form to Missouri Board of Pharmacy, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 625, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0625.
Board of Pharmacy Letter
September 11, 2012
The following letter was hand delivered by the KVMA to the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. The Board has indicated it will take the expressed concerns seriously, due at least in part to a solid, long term relationship with the KVMA. The examples in the following letter were provided by KVMA members.
Dr. James Garrelts, president
Kansas Board of Pharmacy
800 SW Jackson, Suite 1414
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Dear Dr. Garrelts:
The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA), like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), strongly believes that the pharmacy and veterinary communities share a common goal of protecting pet health when dispensing medications.
Pharmacists are uniquely educated to deal with the human species. Veterinarians, of course, are trained to treat non human species and are aware of their particular physiological and pharmacology needs.
The KVMA respectfully requests that pharmacists be directed to communicate directly with referring veterinarians before making any therapeutic or management recommendations or suggestions for alternative animal medications or dosages.
In a spirit of providing helpful illustrations of problems that have arisen in Kansas from changing medications or dosages without consulting with referring veterinarians, the KVMA offers the following:
It has been verified that a Walmart in southeast Kansas is selling a form of zinc suspension insulin in the $20 range, which goes back to 1980’s prices. There is no prescription required to obtain this product. This poses a lot of questions about a highly sensitive dose and use related drug. There appears to be potential for abuse with serious consequences for humans.
A Johnson County veterinarian sent a script with a client for the generic L-thyroxine 0.6 mg bid. The largest dose on the human side is 0.3 mg. The pharmacist decided that was too much and changed it to 0.3 mg. Needless to say, when the veterinarian checked the thyroid level of the patient the next month, there had been no improvement.
A Kansas veterinary client expressed surprise at the cost of rimadyl at Costco after taking a veterinarian script there. The pharmacist told the client that he could use another NSAID such as ibuprofen. Fortunately the client contacted the veterinarian before filling the script, as a single dose of ibuprofen can cause perforating gastric or duodenal ulcers in dogs.
A Kansas City veterinarian had a Walmart pharmacist attempt to convince a veterinary client to switch from a prescribed insulin to another one that would have been harmful to the veterinary patient. The same veterinarian was required to give a target pharmacist a DEA number before a script was filled. That should not have been required for an antihistamine.
A pharmacist told a client the thyroxin dosage the veterinarian recommended was too high, alarming the client and causing her question the veterinarian’s judgment.
The KVMA’s primary concern in communicating with you on this matter is the well being of veterinary patients. The KVMA welcomes the opportunity to work with you to address these issues.
Please contact Gary Reser at the KVMA office, 816 SW Tyler, Suite 200, Topeka, Kansas 66612, email@example.com to let the KVMA know how it can assist.
Yours very truly,
Tom Jernigan, DVM
President , Kansas Veterinary Medical Association