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
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
“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
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
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
In the past 10 years, use of the Internet has more than doubled as a provider of pet care information, according to a report by Trone Brand Energy.

The report, presented at the BlogPaws pet blogging conference in June 2012, sheds insight on how the modern pet owner seeks pet care information for their animals.

The data showed that 42 percent of pet owners spend more than 30 minutes per week reading about or researching pet-related topics.

What does this mean for veterinarians?

Pet bloggers and online information sources are becoming recognized as authoritative sources for information on pet care, meaning that veterinarians are increasingly sharing the center stage in providing pet care information.

However, the report gives hope to veterinary clinics that strive to provide online resources about pet care. ...more
Follow our newly launched AAHA Vets Facebook and Twitter pages for breaking veterinary news from AAHAs news team! ...more
If you’re not offering a wellness plan or planning to do so in the near future, you’d better get cracking.

This is the advice of Ron Brakke of Brakke Consulting, who highlighted recent trends, news and developments in the veterinary world at the Animal Health Breakfast Roundtable in Kansas City, Mo.

"If a vet doesn’t do it, he’s going to be out of business," Brakke, president of Brakke Consulting, said to a group of industry and professional leaders Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Brakke spoke at the first Animal Health Breakfast Roundtable, hosted by Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP. Brakke and Susan Warren, also of the Brakke consultancy, highlighted the trends and developments over the past six months. The event took place in the law firm’s office in Kansas City.

Here is a summary of major trends to look for in 2012 and going forward, based on Brakke’s presentation.


Diagnostics is one of the hottest and most promising fields in companion animal health, Brakke said. With the increased focus on preventive health care and the rise of prepaid wellness programs, diagnostics will take center stage at practices.

Spending on diagnostics has increased nearly threefold in the past seven years, according to Brakke figures. In 2005, $685 million was spent on diagnostics. Currently, that number is close to $2 billion – and most of the spending is directed at companion animals. ...more
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