Oct
18
2016
Sometimes, evolving also means revisiting and revising a course of direction. So it is with AAHA. Over the next two years, AAHA will transition to an accredited only hospital membership model. That transition will be completed by June 30, 2018. Nonaccredited practices have until July 1, 2017 to enter into an agreement to become AAHA accredited. Any nonaccredited practices that have not switched voluntarily will have their membership converted to an individual membership for the practice owner/medical director. ...more
Oct
12
2016
Whether you’re just graduating from veterinary school or recently sold your practice and want to do some moonlighting, you may want to consider heading to the east or west coasts, or an island beyond, according to some new statistics. On Oct. 3, Insider Monkey, an evidence-based investment resource, released statistics on the 11 highest paying states for veterinarians, based on its analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics report....more
Oct
6
2016
In 2015, 58% of cats and 53% of dogs were identified as overweight, according to the 2015 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). Has that number risen? Here’s your chance to help find out. APOP is conducting its annual pet obesity survey on Oct. 12, Pet Obesity Awareness Day, or any day in October, and is asking veterinary clinics to record information for each pet the practice performs a routine exam on in October. ...more
Oct
4
2016
Emergency preparedness and disaster recovery services are critical. But changing times demand new strategies that optimize resources. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently announced that its Board of Directors has decided to phase out the AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) program over the next 12 to 18 months to optimize the association’s strategic use of resources. The AVMA will continue to advocate for the protection of animal health and welfare and public health during disasters but will do so in other ways. ...more
Sep
26
2016
Comparative oncology is gaining attention as human patients, pet owners, and the medical community understand the similarities in cancer across species, and the benefits to be gained from working together. A new documentary highlights this approach. “The Answer to Cancer May Be Walking Right Beside Us,” produced by Colorado State University (CSU) and Rocky Mountain PBS, will air on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. MST. The documentary’s theme is “opportunity.” ...more
Sep
21
2016
Behind every hero, there is a team that enables that heroism. In the case of hero pets, that team often consists of veterinary professionals. Now, some of those behind-the-scenes heroes are being recognized. On Sept. 11, during the American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Ca., two AAHA accredited practices' staff members were honored with hero awards of their own during a special ceremony. ...more
Sep
12
2016
On Sept. 9, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) announced the findings of a new survey on how knowledge of the scientific benefits of the human-animal bond impacts the way pet owners care for their companion animals. The survey asked pet owners about their awareness of research that shows pets improve human health and found that this knowledge motivated them to take better care of their pets, including a significant, positive impact on veterinary care. ...more
Aug
29
2016
Behavioral changes in your patients can indicate pain. And this month is the perfect time to identify it. In September, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and advancing pain management in animals, is sponsoring the second annual Animal Pain Awareness Month. Scheduled to coincide with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month, its theme is, “Because their pain is our pain.” Practices can download free resources from the IVAPM website. ...more
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