Energize your team and get them all pulling in the same direction regarding preventive care. By utilizing the first AAHA/AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, along with a suite of tools, you can align your entire team around preventive healthcare protocols.

Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP), an alliance of more than 100 veterinary associations, veterinary colleges, and animal health companies focused on preventive care, is offering free, downloadable tools to help your practice implement the preventative care guidelines in a simple step-by-step process.

Developed jointly by AAHA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), these guidelines provide information for veterinary professionals on the care and treatment of feline and canine patients.

The two-sided, single-page guidelines are in PDF form and easy to download. They feature an easy-to-use, checklist-style format that offers information on recommendations for frequency of visits, assessment components for a health evaluation, and a client communication and education plan.

Some tools to help you implement the guidelines include:

Getting Started video
This video gives a brief intro about the various tools available to practice staff for implementing the guidelines.  In the video, each tool is clearly explained with a visual map of how all the tools work together.

Focus Your Clinic on Preventive Pet Healthcare webinar
This webinar provides answers to all why and how questions about inspiring and organizing a practice team to improve preventive pet healthcare and client communications. Hosted by Mike Paul, DVM, the webinar also provides an overview of the 10 Steps to Success handout, providing a process of how to organize your practice team. The handout can be used as reference notes for the webinar or to give you ideas on how to apply implementation to your own practice.

Sharpen Your Axe video
Or, as a way to get the team fired up, try the Sharpen Your Axe video, an inspirational presentation by Andy Roark, DVM, designed to reignite your passion for your work with pets and the people who love them.

Team Meeting Guide
This six-meeting guide was designed for veterinary team leaders who want to prioritize preventive pet healthcare in their practice. An agenda of topics has been prepared for each meeting, designed to last no more than 45 minutes. The team meeting guide also include suggestions for short individual assignments to keep team members thinking about preventive pet healthcare and client relationships.

Practice PowerPoint presentation
This ready-to-use PowerPoint will help guide your team through discussions around prioritizing preventive pet healthcare and strengthening client relationships. The presentation also offers team leader the option of editing and customizing the slideshow to suit their selected content and presentation style.

Practice Action Plan
This workbook works in conjunction with the Team Meeting Guide and PowerPoint presentation. It provides a place for the team leader to record the team’s core values, strengths and opportunities for improvement, and a protocol for implementing the AAHA/AVMA Preventative Healthcare Guidelines.

Preventive healthcare is an important aspect of veterinary medicine, and with the AAHA/AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for Dogs and Cats and a series of free, downloadable tools from PHP, you can take the steps to help ensure your practice is focused on the best care for your patients.

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