In June of this year, the Duchess Fund again sponsored the attendance of swine expert, Bruce Lawhorn, DVM, MS of Texas A&M; University at the Sixth Annual Pet Pig Symposium at Iowa State University. This was hosted by John Carr, BVSc, DPM, PhD, MRCVS, who did a marvelous job. This was an awesome symposium with great speakers and many interesting and unusual surgeries. It really is encouraging to see this kind of education happening every year to
benefit our pet pigs. We look forward to next years symposium at the
University of Tennessee.
Dr. Bruce Lawhorn has accepted a position as a swine consultant with VIN (Veterinary Information Network) once again helping to educate other veterinarians about medical care for pbp’s. Dr. Lawhorn and Dr. Lisle George team up and respond to swine questions posed by veterinarians needing assistance and input. This “member only” information service is for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students for a monthly fee. The website is http://www.vin.com.
We still have sera samples at Iowa State University. This frozen sera can be stored indefinitely. We will keep these frozen until we have sufficient funds as well as a clear direction as to what tests should be done. To read about previous blood chemistry studies go to “Research” on the Duchess Fund website.
For the benefit of newcomers not familiar with the Duchess Fund website and database, the medical database now houses hundreds of medical records. The website is http://www.duchessfund.org and on the left you will see “database”. You click on that which takes you to the database where you sign in. If you want to browse all of the cases, you may do so. If you are looking for cases with a specific diagnosis, you put in that diagnosis in the diagnosis field, such as “erysipelas” and it will list all of the erysipelas cases. Do NOT put in anything in the “symptom” field if you are searching by diagnosis. If you are searching by “symptom” put in a symptom such as “vomiting” in the “symptom” field but do NOT put anything in under the “diagnosis” field. This will list all the cases on erysipelas (diagnosis) or vomiting (symptom). List either “symptom” or “diagnosis” when searching for specific cases but not both.
To find various articles, click on “library” on the left and it will list the categories of the articles, “General Care”, “Diseases”, “Nutrition”, “Training” and “You and the Vet”. Each one of those categories contains related articles.
To add your pig’s medical record to the website, click on “Add Records of Your Pet Pig to DF” (again, on the left) and it will take you to the medical release form. Simply copy it, sign it and give to your veterinarian and this authorizes him or her to send us the records. You should follow up with your veterinarian and make sure the records were actually sent to us or
inquire with us to see if we have received them. Remember, that all medical records remain confidential. When someone orders a copy of a complete case, all identifying information including pig name, owner name and veterinarians name is removed first. In the “Case Histories” portion of the website you will find some interesting cases that include photos.
The Duchess Fund has a board of directors as well as 5 panel members. The panel members vote on medical expenditures, primarily necropsies and diagnostics. This ensures that expenditures are made wisely and with careful consideration adhering to the Duchess Fund goals. People that donate to the Duchess Fund find this practice to be prudent and responsible.
Our donors are reassured that their donations are being utilized wisely.
In addition to the directors and panel members, we also have an advisory board consisting of five veterinarians and one attorney. We call on them when we need their assistance and direction. All of these participants are volunteers and we feel very fortunate to have the support from them.
Necropsy and diagnostic reports as well as the website and database maintenance is all supported by your donations. We hope you consider giving this Holiday Season. When you give to the Duchess Fund, you give to pigs everywhere!
We now accept credit card donations on the website through PayPal.
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