Entries in Small animal (35)


Cutaneous Mass: A Case Report

Honorable Mention, Cases/Abstracts
Jacquelyn Horner, University of Georgia

1. Subjective:


4 YO male neutered boxer

Wt: 29 kg

Resides in Georgia

Chance is a blood donor for the UGA CVM Teaching Hospital. He undergoes yearly health screenings, which include physical examination, vaccination, and parasite testing. He is presenting today for his annual visit. He is bright, alert, and responsive. There are no abnormalities noted on physical exam, with the exception of a small, cutaneous mass on the lateral right hind leg. He has a BCS of 4/9. His lungs are clear and his heart is loud and strong. The owner states that the mass has been present for at least one year and has not changed in size during that time. It does not seem to bother Chance. The owner has noticed that upon manipulation, the mass undergoes temporary changes such as swelling and redness.

Chance was previously seen for routine bloodwork to be evaluated as a canine blood donor candidate approximately 6 months ago. A series of blood/diagnostic tests were run including: CBC, chemistry, urinalysis, tick panel, parasite smear, fecal flotation, heartworm test, and blood typing. There were no abnormalities found. The superficial mass was noted in the records at that time, but was not further evaluated.

Due to the patient history, breed, and physical exam findings, a fine needle aspirate was taken from the cutaneous mass.


Chance has a cutaneous mass measuring 1cm X 1cm on his right lateral stifle. The fine needle aspirate cytology (Wright’s stain) revealed large numbers of round cells with purple intracytoplasmic granules:

Fine needle aspirate was attempted at the regional popliteal lymph node as well, but it was unsuccessful.

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Chronic Quadriceps Contracture in an Adult Cat

Winner, Cases/Abstracts
Ashley Nichols, Ross

Cloe is my three-year-old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair, feline that was adopted in 2010 at the age of one. When Cloe was adopted from the shelter, she displayed a hind limb deformity. The right hind limb deformity resulted in a permanent extension of the right hind limb (Figure 1). It was suggested by the shelter that the “cat was abused or hit by a car prior to arrival.” Subsequently, I have not seen nor taken any radiographs of the right hind limb. Since 2010, there have been no clinically observable changes in the condition of the right hind limb and Cloe has been up to date on all medications, and vaccines. On December 17th, 2012, Dr Paula A. Schuerer DVM saw Cloe as a new patient. She was seen for a physical exam and baseline radiographs.


Physical Examination

Cloe’s weight, 9 lbs, and body condition score (3.5/5) put her in the overweight category.  Nevertheless, with exception to abnormalities being in the muscular skeletal system, the rest of physical exam findings were within normal limits. Examination of Cloe’s movement demonstrated an abnormal gait. Yet, she had no difficulty in moving around the exam room, including an attempt to jump off the exam table. When in a sitting position, it was observed that Cloe’s right hind limb was in a fixed position and abnormally protruded from the body.

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Ready for Anesthesia

By: Melissa Baker

Ross University, Class of 2012

If only they could come to school and make all those dots for you!


Christmas Karma

By: Scott Dudis

Cornell University, Class of 2014

Remembering perspective is, perhaps, the best way to deal with stress. As exams were wrapping up this December, I was thinking about wrapping up presents and packing a suitcase as I bragged to “less fortunate” classmates whom I knew were scheduled in the clinic on the holiday. I boasted that I would be home, with my family, enjoying my time off. Instead of surprises in the form of many glorious gifts, I was visited by the Ghost of Christmas Irony as I, too, spent several hours at the emergency animal hospital with my own dog, all night on December 25th. In short, she apparently decided it was Santa who had left her a small box of Dove Dark Chocolate Truffles under the tree, not one of my relatives who had, in fact, accidentally left it unattended while we were all away.

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"Tubology" Wetlab

By: Alli Biddick

Oklahoma State University, Class of 2012

This Spring, the Oklahoma State University SVECCS Chapter was awarded a grant by SAVMA Education and Professional Development Committee to hold a wetlab for the students entitled "Tubology". We believe that SVECCS provides students with an invaluable opportunity to get practice with hands-on techniques. We strive to teach students how to do practical things in a clinic setting (that they won't get to do in class), with an emphasis on emergency techniques! The wetlab was held on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Thirteen students attended, with the majority being first and second year veterinary students. We had four instructors present: three clinicians in our teaching hospital (Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital) and the head RVT at the teaching hospital.

We had cadavers set up at four different stations. At one station, the students learned how to properly place and suture chest tubes. This is vitally important for animals who present with pneumothorax and are in need of emergency chest evacuation! The next station was set up to allow students to practice inserting urinary catheters into male and female dogs (a technique every veterinarian will learn to love). The third station was all about esophagostomy tubes! This is a very important procedure in critically ill animals who cannot eat on their own. The final station, led by our head RVT, taught the students how to place central lines in the jugular vein of dogs. The students had so much fun learning about the various "tubes" and when they are indicated. The lab was a great hit for all who attended! The students feel they now possess extra knowledge that will help them when they are working this summer, when they are fourth year students, and of course throughout their career! OKSTATE SVECCS would like to thank SAVMA EPDC for helping make this lab possible!!