PRESIDENT: Audra Sutter VP: Natalia Martinez SECRETARY: Kristen Hanlon TREASURER: Gabriela Iglesias– Mendoza EVENTS: Megan McCarthy HISTORIAN: Katie King ADVERSTISING: Andrew Vidot
10/16 - 10/30
Dr. Colom of Tuscawilla Animal Hospital will be coming to speak to us about his journey into vetmed, applying to vet school, and some case studies! Originally the practice owner, Dr. Suero, was coming to speak but unfortunately he just had to undergo a double knee replacement surgery so Dr. Colom, his associate, is coming in his place. Dr. Suero and Tuscawilla Animal Hospital also graciously sponsored our club this year so we are very appreciative!
Just a reminder--this fall semester is winding down so coming to meetings are some of the last ways to earn points! Points will determine your eligibility to attend limited-access events, such as the symposium in Spring.
It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone. So goes the caption to an irresistible LOLcat image I keep on my smartphone. It’s one that serves to underscore the immense pleasure we humans seem to get from subjecting our pets to the “cone of shame.” Variously known as the “E-collar” (short for “Elizabethan collar”), the “lampshade,” the “satellite dish” and “that ungodly torture device that goes around her neck,” the ubiquitous plastic cone is by far the most common solution to the problem of postoperative incision complications and other areas in need of self-trauma avoidance. That’s because most pets have a thing about licking at their incision sites, pawing at their itchy ears, rubbing their irritated eyes and generally scratching and chewing at body parts they shouldn’t. But what’s worse than having to force your pet to wear the cone? Having to deal with the ravages inherent to self-trauma situations in pets. After all, restitching incision sites isn’t fun for anyone. And blowing beaucoup bucks on antibiotics after she has overdone it on what was once a simple scratch is no fun either. Given these alternatives, keeping one of these devices on your pet would seem to be the lesser of two evils.
When E-Collars Don't Work
But let’s say you have a pet who performs one of the following tricks when he’s sporting an E-collar:
Takes aim at the nearest fragile item and barrels headlong into it Thinks your knees look like a reasonable enough alternative to the aforementioned breakable Spends every minute in its thrall in a state that approximates utter agony — this is the dog who howls, paws, turns in an endless circle, does alligator death rolls on the ground, etc. whenever he’s wearing one Kills the cone in one fell swoop (or a few) — dogs who destroy the edge of the cone, rendering it useless, are not uncommon (I own one)
Assuming your pet is like one of the previous examples, for whom the cone seems a solution far worse than the cure it’s designed to effect, you should know that you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the wider family of devices known as ―avoidance‖ tools: 1. The BiteNot collar. This is, effectively, a neck brace. But, at the outset, let me just offer that if the satellite dish lacks appeal because it seems more like a cumbersome instrument of torture than a medical device, this ginormous neck brace alternative is not going to win you over. Nonetheless, the BiteNot collar does work well for some pets — especially for lesions on the upper limbs and torso (not so much for pets who chew at their feet and tails and definitely not for scratching issues). At the very least, it isn’t likely to be misused as a weapon of mass domestic destruction. 2. The blow-up neck pillow. You know those pillows you buy last minute at the airport whenever you realize you’ve been rescheduled onto an evil red-eye flight? Picture a blow-up, neck-circling device that keeps creatures from turning full-circle. I like it because it seems more comfortable than either an E-collar or a BiteNot, and it works a little like both. In my experience, however, it doesn’t work as well for highly destructive big dogs. They tend to pop it pretty quickly. 3. The paper collar. If heavy-duty plastic is frustratingly and painfully firm, try a soft collar (the E-collar ―lite‖). Some pets
do well with these firm-paper alternatives. Surprisingly. They wear out faster and they won’t work for the truly motivated, but they’re an option for the more relaxed pets among us. 4. Boxer shorts, sweaters, booties, baby onesies and bandages. Garments and bandages can be amazingly helpful for keeping pets away from their areas of excess interest. Unfortunately, however, they’re not usually sufficiently effective on their own — with or without no-lick sprays (which have never worked very well for my pets but may work for yours). Nonetheless, these tricks are always worth a try. What’s more, when they’re paired with some of the other above approaches they tend to yield results for some of the more avid lickers. 5. Full body armor. Consider this a variation on the garment approach above. Some pets will always still manage to reach the spot. And when all else fails, body armor is the next step. Several companies make these outfits with the extra-motivated chewer in mind. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.
Have a Better Idea?
In case this laundry list of highly imperfect avoidance options doesn’t make it obvious, let me come right out and say it: The world could use some better solutions for pets who self-traumatize. Veterinarians, at least, would be eternally grateful. Perhaps you have a solution we need to hear about. If so, now’s your turn to speak up!
These are the dates of our upcoming meetings, a more updated schedule with the description of each meeting will be found online on the Facebook page or our website. Please note that any of these dates, times, or activities are subject to change.
November 7th November 13th
Ask-A-Vet-Student Meeting 6
The New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University was founded in 1894. It was the first statutory college in New York. Before the creation of the college, instruction in veterinary medicine had been part of Cornell's curriculum
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University values its leadership position in academic veterinary medicine. Advancing veterinary medicine at the interface of discovery and application is the college's unifying conceptual framework. Discoveries identified at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels ultimately inform the practice of medicine. In a parallel fashion, the organization and conduct of medicine influence the type and behavior of research. The college values scholarship across the full spectrum from molecule to medical application and demonstrates this commitment through research, educational programs and professional service. The college will continue to excel in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy. The college strives to advance animal health through discovery-based research, the delivery of excellent clinical care, and continued vigilance against the spread of disease. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University endorses the concept of one biology in advancing the understanding of both animal and human health, encourages and fosters open collabora-
tion across disciplines and institutional boundaries, and seeks to integrate discovery and application in order to deliver the greatest possible benefits to society. Cornell is one of the only three Veterinary Medicine schools in the North East; it includes a curriculum mixed with problem based learning and traditional lectures. It contains several hospitals and diagnostic centers that are considered staples and leaders in the veterinary community in the United States. Cornell is consistently ranked as the top veterinary school in the nation, their resources and values produce some of the best and brightest young doctors in the nation. They also own and operate the largest veterinary complex in high learning in the US. They offer several degrees including a DVM/PhD and a Masters in Public Health. For their students, Cornell offers several extra-curricular opportunities to enrich a DVM student’s education, including chances to work and become involved with Aquavet, research, dairy farms, and international studies.
OPPA: The Office of Pre Winter Park Veterinary Hospital is Professional Advising also offering shadowing opportuniwww.oppa.ucf.edu ties. The shadowing will be set up Building 7G, Room 203 to allow for 1 student per six week (407) 823-3033 session. There is a three step screening process: UCF Pre-Health Advisement Office: (1) Interview with Frank Lohttp://med.ucf.edu/phpao/ giudice. Health & Public Affairs I, Room 124 (2) Participate in a group orienOrlando, FL 32816-2360 tation tour and interview at W.P.V.H. (407) 823-2670 (3) Submit a personal stateFrank Logiudice: Undergraduate ment. Coordinator and Instructor Dr. Brian Martin is interested in [email protected]
having students shadow with him Office: Biology building 301 while he is (407) 823-2495 performing spaying and neutering University of Florida College of Vetproce dures fro Brevard County Anierinary Medicine mal Control. Any student who is http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/ interested should meet with Frank EXPERIENCE Logiudice (BL 301c). Hands-On Wildlife Safari
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