The Expert Vet ®

Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, is The Expert Vet! This show is for dog and cat owners as well as vet techs and other veterinarians, who need help diagnosing, understanding and treating complicated medical conditions and nutrition issues. The show offers detailed explanations of medical conditions and Dr. Donna’s opinion about chronic, complicated or unusual problems, advice about pain management, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and even how to avoid unnecessary vaccinations. Dr. Donna Spector is a board-certified veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist who is also an active member of the Association of Holistic Veterinarians, knowledgeable about traditional Western medicine as well as alternative therapies and points of view. Dr. Donna is widely recognized for her role as consulting veterinarian and her widely-quoted dog and cat health advice in print and on radio. Dr. Donna practices Internal Medicine in the Northern Chicago area.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Dr. Donna Spector


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Intra-Species Research Seredipity Provides Unexpected Cures

The Expert Vet (03-27-2017) #5067: Guest Dr. Terry Beardsley is not an “expert vet” but rather a research scientist searching for remedies to human medical challenges who has managed to find dramatic cures for animals along the way. Dr. Beardsley started out looking for a cure for human AIDS, using cats that already had FIV and FeLV viruses — which serendipitously led to his finding a T-cyte treatment for those cats, which became the only way to save their lives! He discusses the serendipity of where research outcomes lead in intra-species research, since another project he conducted looking for protection for people against the avian flu, led to an accidental discovery and development of a promising treatment for osteoarthritis in dogs.