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Trends Digital Issue

July 2018

July 2018

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Articles in this issue

Inside AAHA

Adam Hechko, DVM, director on the AAHA board, discusses the importance of properly evaluating infectious disease and biosecurity protocols in your practice. Practical steps for reducing risk, taking the proper precautions, and educating clients are included to help you provide the best quality care to patients and keep staff and clients safe. Inside AAHA also features an interview with Connexity keynote speaker Curt Coffman.
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The opening article in this month’s Notebook discusses a study conducted by American Humane that confirms therapy dogs are not adversely affected by their interactions with hospital patients and their families. A sidebar talks about the optimum number of times to let the phone ring in your practice before answering, and a brief discussion of workplace habits includes advice on how to best prioritize tasks and build your reliability with your boss. Another article talks about the shortage of veterinary college graduates at Ontario Veterinary College in Canada and what’s being done to lure graduates back to Canada. A brief box highlight shows a mention of heartworm in dogs from an 1853 British newspaper. A quick Excel tech tip that helps increase efficiency is included, and an interview with AAHA director of finance, James Heard, MBA, provides tips on benchmarking and KPIs in veterinary practices.
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How to Maximize Your Laser with Patients Who Are Cats: Managing Feline Pain with Therapy Lasers and Letting Cat Owners Know It’s Not Science Fiction

This month’s feature article discusses the benefits of laser therapy for pain management and recovery in feline patients. Numerous testimonials from a variety of AAHA-accredited practices nationwide discuss the incredible benefits of laser therapy and its increasing acceptance and use in the treatment of pain, especially since cats are better at hiding pain than dogs. Pet owners typically see improvement quickly, and are happy to have an alternative to drugs or surgery to care for their pet. Included is a list of specific techniques can help determine how best to implement laser therapy for feline patients in practices.
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Caring for Pets of Homeless Owners: Taking Veterinary Medicine to the Streets

This article provides a thorough and detailed overview of the challenges faced by pets with owners and caregivers experiencing homelessness. Oftentimes, pets are a critical and lifesaving contact for their homeless owners, but homeless pets typically receive less care due to the challenges of living on the streets. The article profiles four organizations dedicated to helping homeless pets get the care they need and includes contact information and ways to get involved.
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That Crucial Biosecurity Strategy: 5 Things to Consider When Making Your Plan

Biosecurity is gaining importance in companion-animal practices and this article covers five major areas to incorporate into any plan you create. A sidebar contains a list of databases that can be consulted for additional information as well as details on the new Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines from AAHA. Practices should also make sure that any plan created fits their hospital; a seven-step checklist provides good advice on this task. Staff education, testing for cleanliness and disinfection, and ways to keep any plan flexible and dynamic round out the article.
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Emergency and Critical Care Spotlight: Why Your Parvo Patient Should Be Fed Right Away

This article examines whether feeding is better than fasting for patients with canine parvovirus. Though it has traditionally been thought that food should be withheld from a patient who is vomiting, this article covers a variety of reasons where feeding can be of greater benefit. Various tubing methods for administering food and nutrition to patients are covered, as is an extensive plan for successfully administering nutrition to aid in patient recovery.
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Veterinary Group Purchasing Organizations Offer a Wide Variety of Savings and Benefits

A detailed article on the expanding role and benefit of group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in the veterinary industry. A list of the major GPOs, their history, benefits, and other details are included in the article as well as advice about choosing the best GPO for your practice.
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In the Community: Not One More Vet

Spotlighted in this month’s In the Community is the organization Not One More Vet. Veterinarians have twice the suicide rate of dentists and physicians, and Not One More Vet is dedicated to preventing suicide and helping to promote mental health in the veterinary industry. The organization is all-volunteer and provides one-on-one support, grants, lectures, and workshops.
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