Publisher’s Note

In this month’s issue of I’d like to announce that Germinder & Associates is a proud co-sponsor of the first Kansas City Animal Health Corridor Homecoming 2006 event. The event is the official launch of the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute to establish the corridor between Columbia, Mo., and Manhattan, Kan., as home to the animal health industry. Germinder & Associates provided strategic counsel and outreach support and will continue to participate in the initiative in the future. To learn more, read our News Releases.

Columnist Steve Dale has two new stories on the importance of teaching your new kitten how to, well, be a GOOD kitten! Steve has not only held his own Kitty-K classes, but has conducted extensive interviews and research with renowned veterinarians and feline practitioners on the most up-to-date information to make sure new can owners get off to a great start.

We are also highlighting a program by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). “Healthy Cats for Life” is an educational campaign to inform veterinarians and cat owners about the importance of twice-a-year wellness exams. The Top Story features information about the campaign. To learn about Subtle Signs of Sickness to look for in your cat, read our Special Features.

Dr. James R. Richards is the official media spokesperson for “Healthy Cats for Life.” A past president of the AAFP, Dr. Richards is currently the Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. To set up a media interview or to read Dr. Richards’ complete biography, visit What’s New.

Veterinarians and physicians worldwide are constantly researching new and emerging diseases to help protect the public from potentially fatal illnesses. In our Special Features, T.J. Dunn, DVM, looks at some of the emerging diseases in the veterinary world.

Please take some time to visit our Forum, moderated by Susan Little, DVM, ABVP. Dr. Little is president of the Winn Feline Foundation and is board-certified in Feline Medicine and Surgery by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. As the first permanent veterinarian member of, she provides members and guests with answers to their pet health questions.

In order to keep our site fresh and contemporary, we are offering new sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations in the animal health industry. These opportunities include issue sponsorship, newsroom sponsorship and online advertising. For more information on these opportunities, please contact me at


Lea-Ann Germinder, APR


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