Jul
26
2018
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine.

Laboratory services provided at veterinary hospitals continue to evolve. Just look at the changes over the last 40 years: Parvo used to be identified by clinical signs and nearly absent white cell count, and red blood cell counts were done by a human (using a hemocytometer). Now, blood samples are simply placed into a piece of equipment to produce the counts. Evolution can be a good thing. New tests are being developed for old diseases, and new diseases are requiring new tests. The way diagnostic lab services are provided is evolving, and it is not slowing down. ...more
Jun
21
2018
Trends needs your photos of technicians at work in your practice! Each October, Trends magazine highlights our profession’s terrific technicians with our annual Techs@Work photo feature. Send your high-resolution pictures to Trends editor Ben Williams, and we will print the best ones in the October issue of Trends. ...more
Jun
20
2018
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine.

Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) have been around for more than a century in the human medical realm. But as more corporations dominate the business world, GPOs have expanded into other industries, including veterinary medicine. This article looks at the various GPOs that veterinary practices can join, including AAHA’s own version of the GPO, AAHA Advantage.
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May
24
2018
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine.

Whether they have worked on your team for years or are just starting out, your employees may find that eventual retirement is only a dream. Why? Many Americans, especially younger ones, are not saving for retirement or taking full advantage of employer-match contributions. Sixty-five percent of AAHA-accredited practices offer a retirement plan to employees. But for employees eligible for such plans, some choose not to contribute much, if anything. For those with a company-match benefit—where the employer will match employee contributions up to a certain percentage—that means free money is left on the table....more
May
10
2018
Saturday, May 12 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the importance of planning for pets’ safety before disaster strikes. This story of one AAHA-accredited hospital employee’s work as an animal disaster first responder originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of Trends magazine.

When animal disaster strikes, the team at AAHA-accredited Metzler Veterinary Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, is ready to roll—and Judy Baum drives the semi. ...more
May
2
2018
A veterinary education does not often come with instructions on how to care for the humans on the other end of the leash. Fortunately, Connexity by AAHA keynote speaker and UnMarketing president Scott Stratten has an important (and refreshing) message for veterinary professionals in this predicament: Believe it or not, you’re not as far behind as you think. ...more
Apr
26
2018
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine.

There are over 94 million pet cats in the United States. Yet animal hospitals face challenges in attracting and retaining cat-owning clients. This article explores options for counteracting the trend through exceptional feline-centric client service, such as being designated a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Experts interviewed for the article include representatives from successful CFPs; AAFP President Paula Monroe-Aldridge, DVM; CATalyst Council Executive Director Jane Brunt, DVM; and Ted Gannon, head of Pet Care Digital Marketing for Zoetis.
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Apr
18
2018
If you don’t know Heather Loenser, DVM, yet, you will. AAHA’s senior veterinary advisor, social media maven, and guidelines guru is taking on a brand-new role this fall as Connexity’s official content weaver, which, as Loenser explains it, is like “an emcee on steroids.” ...more
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