Jan
17
2019
Oh, sweet relief! Just one year after launching its Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program, Banfield Pet Hospital has contributed more than $4 million to help reduce student debt for its more than 3,600 associate veterinarians, and enabled more than $10 million in student debt refinancing. ...more
Jan
16
2019
Open-heart mitral valve repair on dogs is a tricky procedure at best, and the usual success rate is 60% to 75%, depending on the dog’s size, age, heart status, and overall health at the time of surgery. Japanese cardiologist Masami Uechi, DVM, can boast a success rate of 90%. Soon, he'll be teaching US veterinarians how he does it. ...more
Jan
10
2019
The numbers are grim. According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), female veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than members of the general population. And while female veterinarians account for two-thirds of US veterinarians, their suicide rate is more than twice that for male veterinarians. ...more
Dec
10
2018
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine recently approved Pexion (imepitoin tablets) to treat noise aversion in dogs. It’s a common condition—one study found that 40% of dogs may suffer from some degree of noise aversion—and one with possibly serious health implications, indicates a study that shows that noise aversion in dogs could be a sign of serous pain. ...more
Nov
28
2018
“Veterinary nurse” is one step closer to being a legally recognized job title. In a future-focused move, AAHA last week came out in support of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). In 2017, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) formed the VNI coalition to unite the profession under a single title—including credentialing requirements and scope of practice—with the goal of instituting a single, standardized title in all 50 states. ...more
Nov
19
2018
If you know someone who’s thinking of gifting a pet for the holidays and you’ve educated them on the four rules for gifting someone a dog or cat (which include checking with the giftee first to see if they’re up for a 10- to 20-year commitment), make sure to educate them on the best place to buy the pet, too. Shelters, rescues, and reputable breeders are good places to look. Cyber Monday sales are not. ...more
Nov
12
2018
Seriously—she needs to forage. Especially if she’s overweight. That’s the consensus of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and they explain why in a new statement, “Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing,” published last month in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. ...more
Nov
5
2018
If someone brought an injured red-tailed hawk to your hospital but the bird was too far gone to save, and euthanasia was the only option to relieve his pain and suffering, would you know what regulatory agency to call for permission to end his life? It’s a trick question. Veterinarians don’t need permission to euthanize a wild animal in cases like that. And if you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. ...more
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