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Compendium January 2006 (Vol 28, No 1)

Editorial: "Welcome to 2006!"

by Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, Michelle G. Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian), Lisa A. Tell, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACZM

    As I welcomed in the new year, I realized that it has been 25 years since I graduated from veterinary school. They say, "time flies when you're having fun," and I must agree. What a great profession we have! Not a day goes by that I am not thankful I chose veterinary medicine as my profession. No day is the same as any other, and in doing what we love to do, veterinarians bring much joy into people's lives.

    I especially enjoy working with veterinary students in their clinical training. Their enthusiasm and excitement is contagious. I know many of you in practice have experienced the joy of seeing a young child who loves animals become a volunteer and then an employee in your practice before he or she finally goes to veterinary school. We all see ourselves in these bright-eyed children, who are just "chomping at the bit" to start practice.

    As I look back over my 25 years in veterinary medicine, I know that Compendium has played a big role. As a new graduate, I perused every issue to expand my growing knowledge base. Then, after completing my residency training, I found Compendium to be the most reliable source of comprehensive review articles when I was studying for my boards. After I passed my boards and began teaching at a veterinary college, I continued to read Compendium and used it in preparing lectures. It continues to help me stay abreast of the ongoing changes in our profession as new diseases, treatments, and techniques are discovered.

    Compendium continues to provide quality review articles on cutting-edge topics. In 2006, we will have review articles on the latest developments and treatments in acute liver failure, gallbladder surgery, acute renal failure, pancreatitis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, canine influenza, digital radiology, blood pressure measurement, and lactate monitoring—to name a few. You won't want to miss a single issue! A perk for Compendium subscribers is the ability to download PDF files of the past 5 years and access the entire archive of Compendium articles since its inception. If you haven't taken advantage of this feature, I encourage you to go online to CompendiumVet.com, where you can search for articles by topic, key words, or author.

    I hope you like our current format. In addition to our quality review articles, every issue contains a lively editorial by Executive Editor Beth Thompson, VMD, News Bites (which highlights scientific findings that impact veterinary medicine), Abstract Thoughts (which reviews the latest research), Clinical Snapshots (which provide case challenges), and Market Spotlight (which showcases new technology). We are also launching a new behavior therapy column this year. How are we doing? We love to hear from you. We thank you for your dedication to lifelong learning and your loyalty to Compendium. May God bless each of you in 2006.

    Douglass K. Macintire, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC

    Small Animal Editor


    We would like to personally welcome all of you to 2006! "Back to basics" will continue to be the main focus of the exotics section for 2006—articles concerning physical examination, nutrition, and practice management of specific avian and exotic species. Our goal is to provide you, your colleagues, and your hospital staff with up-to-date review articles, special focus papers, and Clinical Snapshots covering topics in avian, reptile, aquatic, and exotic mammal medicine and surgery. We'll also strive to cover important and timely topics in emerging diseases and the medical/surgical diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions and syndromes.

    As always, we welcome your suggestions for topics and hope that you will submit manuscripts and Clinical Snapshots to be considered for publication. We wish you the best in 2006 and look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian)

    Exotics Editor

    Lisa A. Tell, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACZM

    Exotics Editor

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