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A Look Inside
Sept. 2013
Something for Everyone
Research Reveals HCAI and Zoonotic Infection Risks
New Internal Medicine Services
Meet Internal Medicine Specialist Suzanne Fincham-Gray, DVM, DACVIM
IBD in Dogs and Humans
Innovation Tip: The Yammer Experience
Mobile/Outpatient Endoscopy
Endoscopy Nuggets
CT Rhinoscopy is Here
Educational Opportunities and Videos
What's Your Diagnosis?
Research Reveals HCAI and Zoonotic Infection Risks

Although veterinarians are exposed to health risks daily, new research findings reveal that many are not as vigilant about disease prevention in their practices as they should be.  In the May/June issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Paul S. Morley of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University charges that vets often fail to act on "universally" accepted risks for infectious disease in patients, their pet owners, and the people who are in contact with the animals.

New Internal Medicine Services    
Outpatient and Mobile Endoscopy 

As a national leader in veterinary imaging innovation, VICSD has achieved another first in San Diego veterinary medicine with its new mobile endoscopy service. VICSD also offers outpatient endoscopy to provide veterinarians and pet owners with choices and convenience. The new endoscopy service is part of VICSD's internal medicine offerings that also include CT rhinoscopy and internal medicine virtual consultsWith board-certified internal medicine specialist Suzanne Fincham-Gray, DVM, DACVIM, VICSD integrates expert radiology diagnostics with internal medicine services to provide veterinarians and pet owners with more clinical services at competitive prices.

Meet Internal Medicine Specialist                   Suzanne Fincham-Gray, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Fincham-GrayEducation: BSc (Hons) BVetMed (Hons), DACVIM (SAIM)


A native of the UK, Dr. Fincham-Gray graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2000. She then ventured across the pond to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Board certified since 2004, she practiced in Baltimore, MD for two years before moving to the West Coast. She has been practicing internal medicine in the San Diego area since 2005, and has served as a chapter representative on the Board of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.


Read more about Dr. Fincham-Gray.

IBD in Dogs and Humans

A study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology investigated the commonalities and differences in IBD in humans and dogs. One finding has already been proven in human medicine: bacteria in the small intestines in dogs with IBD differ from bacteria in healthy dogs, leading to the theory that like humans, there is a correlation between microflora and IBD in dogs.

New Innovation Tip: The Yammer Experience

Yammer is a free, fun online social network that improves internal communication within businesses. You can create groups within your clinic, post messages, upload and share documents, and reduce email volume. Feel free to contact VICSD if you have questions about launching a Yammer network for your clinic.

(858) 634-5430 

Mobile/Outpatient Endoscopy

Dr. Suzanne Fincham-Gray performs GI endoscopy, gastroduoendoscopy and colonoscopy to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal stricture, gastric or duodenal ulcers, colonic polyps or masses, intestinal lymphoma and other intestinal neoplasia. Dr. Fincham-Gray uses state-of-the-art anesthetic protocols and monitoring to ensure the safety of your patient. VICSD's mobile endoscopy service brings this procedure directly to your clinic. Please call us with your questions. Our staff is always available to help you and your clients. (858) 634-5430


Endoscopy Nuggets

The top 5 items surgically removed from pets' gastrointestinal tracts are socks, underwear, pantyhose, rocks, and balls, according to claims submitted to VPI Pet Insurance.



Here are the top indications for endoscopy. 

CT Rhinoscopy is Here

During outpatient rhinoscopy, Dr. Fincham-Gray diagnoses nasal conditions and diseases and removes nasal foreign bodies. State-of-the-art anesthetic procedures and protocols are used to ensure your patient's safety. At VICSD, our expertise enables us to perform CTs with sedation only for many patients, providing them with the safest care.


Read about indications and diagnoses. 

Educational Opportunities 

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Featured CE Course

Online I-131 CE Course 

Veterinary professionals worldwide are enrolling in VICSD's I-131 one-hour online CE course "Feline Hyperthyroidism: The Disease, Imaging, and Treatment."  Tuition is $50. The course is accredited by RACE and veterinary professionals earn one CE credit for completing the course.  The course is provided as a complementary service for local veterinarians and technicians who can call VICSD to register. (858) 634-5430 

To learn more about the course and to enroll, click here.  



"Veterinary MRI" was created by John Posh, R.T. (R)(MR), Director of the MRI Internship Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The course consists of 13 video lessons, short exams, and a technical portion. Students can enroll at any time and must complete and pass all 13 exams and fulfill the technical portion requirement to receive 14.5 CE credits approved by RACE. Tuition: $1,500

CE Credit: 2 Hours
Instructor: Candi Stafford, RVT
Open To: Technicians Working w/ Radiation Equipment
Cost: $50/person
Fulfills requirements for California radiation safety mandate

CE Credit: None
Open To: Veterinarians
Cost: $75/person

CE Credit: None
Open To: Veterinarians and Veterinary Sonographers
Two options are available.


CE Credit: None
Open To: Veterinarians
Cost: $1,500 for one week; $2,500 for two weeks

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This challenge involves a 10 year-old Ridgeback with tooth infection and Cushings (treated with Melatonin and HMR lignan). The VD was to be done on the day of the dental, under sedation. Two lateral chest radiographs are provided for your interpretation. 


for a chance to win a pizza party for your clinic. 

Thanks to Dr. Laura Greenlee-Johnson from All Creatures Hospital for submitting this case.



Congratulations to the winners of our last challenge:  

*Dr. Jennifer Hamlet, The Drake Center

*Dr. Michelle Schexneider, Pacific Pet Hospital

*Dr. Grant Mayne, Arrowhead Animal Hospital
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