Facing compliance facts
Each month in NEWStat, we highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine. Mention “inventory management” to some veterinary professionals and you’re liable to hear some groans—about the detail required, the neverending monitoring, and the inevitable inventory bloopers, like the time you realized that the eye ointment your practice sells had conflicting prices.
In a recent survey, only 14% of veterinarians said they perform feline muscle condition score (MCS) evaluations during physical exams. The survey was conducted with 111 veterinarians by Kindred Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company, at the 2018 Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX).
It’s been known for some time that samples tested immediately, in-house, provide better results than those tested later. As more practitioners use in-house equipment to review samples within minutes of collection, the case for the trueness of in-house readings is resounding louder. Are you convinced yet that an in-house laboratory could be a valuable part of your veterinary practice? Whether you have one or you are thinking about acquiring one, make sure that you follow these five steps to a better lab.
It’s a cautionary tale about making assumptions. When a three-year-old mixed-breed dog in Colorado developed a fever and began acting lethargic last December, his owner took him to a veterinarian, who treated him with antibiotics. When the dog started coughing up blood and the owner mentioned that the dog had been sniffing a dead prairie dog, the veterinarian decided to test for plague.
Sometimes, a huge gap exists between what a veterinarian tells a client and what the client actually hears. For example: 73% of practices assess dogs for pain but only 45% of clients believe they do. If you’re thinking, “But they were standing right there when I did the assessment!” you should read “The Opportunity” white paper.
Double defense heartworm protocol is an approach that protects dogs from mosquitoes and heartworms.1,2 This standard of care means that every dog should be on a macrocyclic lactone year-round and a mosquito repellent. Groundbreaking studies by a third-party investigator, John McCall, MS, PhD, supports double defense heartworm protocol in the fight against heartworms.
Prevention is key to improving the lives of our patients and their owners. Learn how preventive care can make a positive difference in your practice with the Preventive Healthcare Certificate Program from Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP). This free, 10-module online course provides veterinary students, technicians, associate veterinarians, and practice owners with information on how to provide preventive healthcare in conjunction with yearly visits.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is one of Benjamin Franklin’s most famous sayings. And it’s as true of pet care as it is of anything else. Learn how preventive care can make a positive difference in your practice with the Preventive Healthcare Certificate Program from Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP). This free, 10-module online course provides veterinary students, technicians, associate veterinarians, and practice owners with information on how to provide preventive healthcare in conjunction with yearly visits.
This week: The mysterious origin of waving cat statues, a daring canine jailbreak, and Washington, DC, counts cats.