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Dr. Mary Beth Leininger, her face wet with kisses from the white terrier puppy she is about to vaccinate, remembers when women were vastly outnumbered by men in veterinary schools. Now, she says, the pendulum is swinging the other way. Just ask the current Miss America, Debbye Turner, who soon will join the ranks of women attending to the medical needs of the nation's pets and livestock. Leininger and her veterinarian husband, Dr.
April 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The American Humane Assn., which oversees the treatment of animals on television and movie sets, has named its first chief veterinary officer and also added a veterinarian to its board of directors. The moves come in the wake of increased concern from animal rights activists about whether the AHA is being aggressive enough in policing how animals are used in entertainment. Tapped as chief veterinary officer is Dr. Kwane Stewart, who will also act as the National Director of the association's Humane Hollywood division and its "No Animals Were Harmed" program.
July 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of World War II dogs--including 25 killed in action--have been recognized for their heroic service on Guam. A statue of Kurt, a Doberman pinscher who saved the lives of 250 Marines when he alerted them to Japanese soldiers, was dedicated at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.
May 3, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A judge on Monday postponed until September the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with pop star Michael Jackson's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the delay was necessary to ensure that Murray receives a fair trial. Murray's defense asked for a delay, saying they needed time to consult additional experts in microbiology, pharmacokinetics and possibly even veterinary medicine to understand what exactly happened in Jackson's body when he died June 25, 2009, after being injected with a powerful surgical anesthetic.
April 23, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Dog groomers would be able to clean canine teeth--a job now limited to veterinarians--under legislation approved 56 to 4 by the Assembly. The bill would let dog groomers use metal instruments to remove tartar and smooth and polish dog teeth. The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, would undo new state regulations promulgated by the Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine that limit the use of metal scrapers to veterinarians and their assistants.
February 27, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS
Animal regulation officials on Monday charged a Lake View Terrace man with practicing veterinary medicine without a license. George Bernard Shaw, 65, is scheduled to be arraigned March 26 in Van Nuys Municipal Court on seven counts of unlicensed veterinary practice, two counts of animal neglect and one count of unlawful possession of controlled substances. He may face up to six months in jail for each charge and/or a fine of $1,000.
January 9, 1999
An ex-veterinarian, who was ordered to do 1,000 hours of community service in 1996 for animal neglect and practicing veterinary medicine without a license, surrendered Friday to begin serving a one-year jail term for continuing his illegal practice, Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn said. George Bernard Shaw, 68, was sentenced Nov.
After a long and ugly battle for accreditation, a private university in Pomona on Monday learned it has won initial approval to open the first veterinarian school in Southern California. Once it enrolls its first students in 2003, Western University of Health Sciences will join UC Davis as one of only two vet schools in California, a state with a growing shortage of veterinarians. "Southern Californians have great difficulty in finding access to veterinarian medicine," said Shirley D.
As a remarkably well-behaved group of dogs looked on, groomers and their supporters gathered on the Capitol steps Monday to protest new state regulations that would allow only professional veterinarians or their technicians to clean animals' teeth.
November 27, 1995
Q: Is a dog's mouth really more sanitary than a human's? Many people believe that if you are hurt in the woods, you should have a dog lick your wound because the dog's saliva contains an antiseptic. A: A dog's mouth is no cleaner than yours, according to veterinarian Don Low of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In fact, dogs lick so many different things that their mouths are probably much less sanitary, he said.
January 16, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
When Sarah Harper took her cat, Pete, to Banfield, the Pet Hospital, she was encouraged to sign up for one of the company's "optimum wellness plans." For an enrollment fee of $69.95 and $16.95 in monthly payments, Harper was told, Pete would receive regular vaccinations and exams, as well as discounts on a variety of medical services from the nation's largest chain of veterinary facilities. "They were talking about 'wellness' and 'healthcare,' " she said. "It seemed like insurance." It wasn't.
April 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Eli Lilly & Co., which built its reputation on insulin and antidepressant Prozac, launched its first prescription drug for pets. The company will market Reconcile, a beef-flavored chewable tablet that helps treat dogs for separation anxiety, in the U.S. The medicine is supposed to be used in combination with behavior management training to help dogs that have difficulty being separated from their owner or family members.
April 9, 2007 | Karen Ravn, Special to The Times
They can sit, and stay, and fetch. They can sniff out drugs, guide the blind, dial 911. Maybe they can even cure cancer -- or help cure it, anyway. Many scientists see cancer in dogs as an excellent model for cancer in humans, and evidence is growing that they're barking up a very useful tree. Late last month, a vaccine to treat canine melanoma won conditional approval from the U.S.
January 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Perky, the ring-neck duck that survived being shot and spending two days in a hunter's refrigerator, has now had a close brush with death on a Florida veterinarian's operating table. The 1-pound female duck stopped breathing during surgery to repair gunshot damage to one wing. The vet revived her by performing CPR. "I started crying, 'She's alive!' " said Noni Beck of the Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.
January 23, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
Back in Pennsylvania on Monday, a horse named Barbaro remained full of life, eating well and checking out the female horses. All things considered, he has a good quality of life. Here in Los Angeles, the people most responsible for that quality of life were getting a day's worth of public pats on the back for actions in the last 8 1/2 months that have turned a potentially devastating horse racing story into a "possible" positive. If Barbaro lives, the positive stands alone.
May 23, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Barbaro was on his feet Monday in his 12-by-12 stall in Kennett Square, Pa., and that's where he'll be for the next few days, the next few weeks and probably the next few months. With a fiberglass cast on his right hind leg and a staff of veterinarians keeping a 24-hour watch, standing is the best thing, the only thing, the stricken Kentucky Derby winner can do.
July 25, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
A Lake View Terrace man was sentenced Wednesday to 1,000 hours of community service after pleading no contest to animal neglect and practicing veterinary medicine without a license, authorities said. George Bernard Shaw, 66, was sentenced by Van Nuys Municipal Court Commissioner Mitchell Block after Shaw entered his plea to two counts of animal neglect and one count of unlicensed veterinary practice, said Mike Qualls, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
August 9, 1997 | JIM HOLLANDER
Dr. Robert LaBounty has an ear for his calling. LaBounty, a Studio City veterinarian, has built a practice out of performing ear croppings on about 20 varieties of dogs such as schnauzers, pit bulls and Great Danes. Some of L.A.'s most notable canine owners, from the current Mrs. Hugh Hefner (Doberman pinscher) to Cuba Gooding Jr. (Great Danes) to Carrol O'Connor (miniature schnauzers) have hired him to sculpt and tend the ears of their pets.
May 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Arrest warrants have been issued for a pharmaceutical executive and two of his employees on charges they sold counterfeit veterinary drugs smuggled from Mexico. Veterinary Pharmaceuticals Inc. President Harold Des Jardins, James Mann and Marilyn Bracy were named in a criminal complaint in federal court. The firm sold about $2.5 million in counterfeit drugs from 2001 to 2005, the complaint said. The firm declined to comment.
December 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Sacramento Zoo is getting its first on-site veterinary hospital, and visitors will be able to watch as animals are treated. Groundbreaking for the $2.5-million hospital is today.
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