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A Vet’s View: Warning - Heath will talk about dog dentistry!

Our local veterinarian Heath McNutt, whose blog, ‘Vet’s View’, has built up a veritable reference guide on pet health over the years,

Warning: Heath has been to more dental continuing education!

This will be my 12th blog about dentistry in veterinary medicine. Caution: run on sentence ahead. There is so much that I want to illustrate for you and teach you about what goes on in your pet’s mouth and what you and I can do about it together that I could and just might spend the rest of my life writing and talking about it. What I am going to do today is break down the top 7 reasons people aren’t aware of how big a deal this really is. I will try to provide external third party links where applicable.

1. Veterinary schools do little or often nothing to prepare veterinarians for dentistry. Today during a lecture a board certified veterinary dentist stood in front of a group of veterinarians, technicians and practice managers and said, “When I graduated veterinary school my dentistry education can be summed up in one sentence. Dogs and cats have teeth.” Not a lot has changed since then, this means that the majority of veterinarians out there don’t know how to recognize and treat many dental problems. Unless your vet has had extensive training in dentistry after graduation they might be missing the early more easily treated stages of periodontal disease.

For the full post, visit Heath at his blog here.
Heath McNutt is a veterinarian at Riverside Veterinary Care in Rutland and Ludlow, Vermont.

UVM head seeks smaller tuition hike

BURLINGTON — University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan has recommended that next year’s tuition increase be less than 3 percent.
Sullivan’s call for a limit was part of a plan he presented to the board of trustees at its meeting Wednesday.
Last fall, interim President John Bramley urged a limit of 3.5 percent on the tuition increase for 2012-2013, which was approved.
The board usually adopts an annual budget and sets new tuition rates at its May meeting.
Sullivan said an increase of less than 3 percent for the 2013-2014 academic year would be the lowest jump at UVM in 36 years.
The current tuition rate is $13,344 for Vermont residents. Out-of-state residents pay $33,672.

Three arrested in burglary string

MONKTON — Three people have been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in homes and businesses in Vermont.
State police say the burglaries spanned from Salisbury to Burlington.
They said 32-year-old Royal Palin, of Burlington, was arraigned Nov. 2 and is being held without bail. Mildred Martin, 29, of Burlington, was awaiting arraignment.
Twenty-five-year-old Chad Cook, of Monkton, was arrested Wednesday and had a court appearance scheduled Thursday on charges of burglary, possession and sale of stolen property, and larceny.

Elks lodge recognizes vets

A luncheon at the Rutland Elks Lodge on Saturday will pay homage to veterans.
According to the Rutland lodge, since 1917, hundreds of thousands of Elks and their families nationwide have given generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of ill and aging veterans will be enhanced.
The Lodge on Pleasant Street will host the lunch from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Roast turkey and ham will be served with a large array of side dishes, dessert and coffee.
All veterans may dine free of charge.
Guests are $10.

Man convicted of sexual assault

BRATTLEBORO — A jury has convicted a Vermont man of sexually assaulting a woman he had met over the Internet.
David Piquette, of Brattleboro, was arrested in December after the woman told police he forced her to have sex with him.
Court records say the woman met the 45-year-old Piquette online in August 2011. They met in person in September in Massachusetts. In October, she visited him in Brattleboro and then this month, after she lost her job, she moved in with him.
The two began arguing over money. The woman told him she wanted to leave, but then he grabbed her keys and sexually assaulted her.
Court records said he was accused of striking and choking her. She eventually left.

Man charged with growing marijuana

BENNINGTON — An Arlington man is facing a felony charge after the mother of his children complained to police in September that he was growing marijuana at the home where the children, who are 1 and 2 years old, were living.
Shane Leland, 22, of Arlington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court Monday on a felony count of cultivation of more than three marijuana plants. Leland, who pleaded innocent, was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Trooper Lauren Ronan of the Vermont State Police said Neila Yardley, Leland’s ex-girlfriend, had come to the state police barracks in Shaftsbury on Sept. 17 with a marijuana plant. Yardley told police she had pulled it from the ground of Leland’s home at 855 Butternut Gutter in Arlington.
Ronan said Yardley told her she had come from her home in Brattleboro with a stuffed toy for one of the children when she saw the marijuana plant and claimed there were at least 10 more.
According to the affidavit, Yardley said Leland had grown and sold marijuana during their relationship when they lived together.
After getting consent from Leland and his mother, police searched the grounds of the home, also on Sept. 17, and seized 10 plants which weighed about 13.5 grams. Ronan said police also found that Leland had converted a closet in his bedroom to an “indoor grow room.”

Sheriff’s open house today

The Rutland County Sheriff’s Department is hosting an open house at its new home on Grove Street in Rutland today.
The 4,800-square-foot former TV repair shop at 88 Grove St. was renovated this summer and Rutland Sheriff Stephen Benard moved into the two-story building about a month ago.
But the event today, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m., marks the first time that the new station has been open for public tours of the converted space.
Members of the public who attend will have an opportunity to see the building, meet officers and staffs, watch demonstrations of equipment and learn about services that the agency provides.
At 5 p.m. a contingent of local officials will be on-hand for a ribbon–cutting at the site.
Light refreshments will be available.
The sheriff’s department had been housed on Wales Street in Rutland before the move to Grove Street.

Rape trial moved to January

BARRE — The Barre man accused of repeatedly raping a young female relative and making an agreement with the girl’s mother to get the girl out of the country has agreed to a prosecutor’s motion that his trial be delayed until January.
Maggie Vincent, the attorney representing Reco A. Jones, 52, filed paperwork in Washington County criminal court Thursday stating that Jones has no problem postponing the trial originally scheduled for December. Jones also withdrew his motion to be permitted to have contact with the girl’s mother.
Deputy State’s Attorney Megan Campbell asked Judge Thomas Zonay for more time on the case Monday because, among other reasons, her office had just received 46 letters written to the alleged victim’s mother and CDs of more than 250 phone calls between Jones and the mother.
Jones is court ordered not to have contact with the mother and was arraigned Monday on six counts of violating his conditions of release.

Police: Woman stole jewels

WINHALL — A Chester woman was cited by police in the theft of $8,000 to $10,000 in gold and jewels from a house in which she worked, according to Sgt. Thomas Crowe of the Winhall Police Department.
January M. Nelson, 30, of Chester, was cited to be arraigned in Bennington criminal court on a felony count of grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
Crowe said the owner of a Winhall Hollow Road home in Winhall reported the items missing, including a large amount of gold jewelry and precious stones, on Sunday.
Police believe the items were taken Oct. 22 but no one noticed their absence until recently. Continue reading

Concert at Grace tonight

The Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium brings together the choruses of five Vermont colleges for a performance of Gabriel Faure’s beloved setting of the Requiem Mass with chamber orchestra.
The performance is set for tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church on Court Street in Rutland.
The five Vermont college choruses performing are from the University of Vermont, Castleton State College, Johnson State College, Middlebury College and St. Michael’s College
The event is free.
Donations will benefit Volunteers for Peace.