The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine

Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX

Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD

Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD

Dr. Beall received her veterinary degree from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then worked in small animal practice and in laboratory animal medicine before entering a graduate program in Comparative Medicine at Cornell University. Over the last 14 years at IDEXX she has contributed to the development and launch of the vector-borne disease, pancreatic lipase and NT-proBNP diagnostic products. As a Medical Affairs veterinarian, she currently supports Rapid Assay products and Cardiopet proBNP at the Reference Laboratory.

Warning: Tick exposure is the tip of the iceberg

Tick encounters are increasingly hard to avoid. After all, these eight-legged blood suckers are spreading diseases throughout the United States. To protect our pets and ourselves, we need to stay alert to the risks right under our noses. That means regularly screening pets—including asymptomatic or seemingly healthy ones—to identify exposure to infected ticks.

New research identifies FeLV/FIV test with best overall performance

More than 5 million cats across the U.S. are affected by feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), placing them at risk for disease and premature death.1 These are preventable, contagious retroviruses. Identifying and segregating infected cats is the key to controlling the spread of disease. As a result, positive cats are often euthanized based upon the results of a pet-side test.