Mar
13
2013
The economy is continuing its slow and steady march toward recovery, and the average animal hospital is keeping pace, said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, executive director and chief executive officer of AAHA, at the 2013 AAHA Yearly Conference. ...more
Jan
30
2013
Veterinarians who are dealing with declining feline patient numbers might have one untapped source of feline patients right in their neighborhoods. ...more
Jan
23
2013
Veterinary dentistry was a common theme shared between several lectures at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC). More specifically, speakers pointed out that dentistry is absent from far too many practices in the United States. ...more
Nov
14
2012
Veterinarians have a tall order in front of them when it comes to managing the health and mental well-being of their patients, their clients, their co-workers - and themselves.

To help practices protect the well-being of staff and clients, AAHA Vice President Kate Crumley, DVM, MS, worked with an ad-hoc committee to develop an interactive document titled "Human Support in Veterinary Settings." ...more
Oct
17
2012
The debate over animal sentience has been going strong for years, but many animal health organizations have been hesitant to publicly define their stances on the controversial topic.

That may change now that AAHA has made it clear where the organization stands. ...more
Oct
12
2012
“Today, with everything being paperless, you could literally lose your whole business in the snap of a finger if you don’t have the right backups.”

Those words weren’t spoken by someone trying to market a high-tech solution to manage veterinary practices’ digital data. They came from Mike Krajewski, practice manager at Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., who came out on the losing side of a battle with a malicious Russian hacker.

Krajewski, who acknowledges that he knows “quite a bit about IT,” had a seemingly solid plan in place to secure and store the animal hospital’s data. It worked well, until the international hacker launched a sneak attack that could easily threaten any similarly vulnerable hospital.

Although Krajewski basically had to start from scratch after the hack, he learned some valuable lessons that he shared to help other hospitals protect themselves. ...more
Aug
29
2012
Some of your clients may have been caught off guard by the fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters that have affected the country. Sadly, many pets can die or become lost during the chaos of these events.   It is important for pet owners to be prepared for natural disasters so that they and their animals make it through alive and well. You can do your part to help your clients by sharing these emergency and disaster evacuation tips with them. ...more
Aug
29
2012
A large-scale shortage of mentorships and externships is leaving many veterinary students with frustration and disappointment as they seek guidance and hands-on experience outside of school.   American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) President Mark Russak, DVM, CVJ, said one of the biggest reasons for scarcity of external learning opportunities is that veterinary practices are hesitant to assume the considerable legal liability stemming from hosting interns and volunteers who are at risk for bites and other injuries. Another reason is that practices that normally operate efficiently fear they will be bogged down while working with students, Russak said.   Despite these barriers, there are opportunities waiting for you if you make an effort to find them. Consider using the following tips to greatly increase your chances of success. ...more
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