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July 18, 2013

Partners for Healthy Pets unveils campaign to boost annual checkup numbers

During the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention in Chicago, Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) revealed its ambitious public information campaign to help veterinarians communicate the value of preventive care to pet owners, which will result in increased annual checkups and overall healthier pets.

April 26, 2013

AVMA study confirms excess capacity in the veterinary profession

The veterinary profession is experiencing a problem with excess capacity, and the AVMA expects that problem to persist at least through the next decade if the industry doesn't take action. According to the 2013 U.S. Veterinary Workforce Study released by the AVMA, the U.S. currently has excess capacity of 12.5 percent for the veterinary profession as a whole, and 18 percent for the small animal sector alone.

March 13, 2013

AAHA State of the Industry address gives reason for optimism

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.

January 23, 2013

Dentistry dominates the discussion at 2013 NAVC

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.

November 14, 2012

New resource helps practices safeguard mental health of staff, clients

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."

October 17, 2012

AAHA position statement classifies animals as sentient beings

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.

August 16, 2011

What We Were Saying

Too many veterinarians? Read what we were saying 25 and 50 years ago.

February 20, 2011

DVM applicants up in 2011

Applications to U.S. veterinary schools are back up again, after a decrease in applications last year.

July 21, 2009

AVMA selected highlights

The American Veterinary Medical Association held its 146th annual convention in Seattle from July 11-14. The following are a few briefs on some of the topics covered at the conference. Connecting with clients “’Have a nice day’ is over,” says Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM. “The standard has floated up.” Veterinarians and staff should strive for a high level of customer service, and doing so requires tapping into and empathizing with the emotional needs of your clients, Gavzer said. A genuine, personal relationship with your clients is one of the best ways to connect with them and keep them coming back. That includes building trust and rapport with clients by giving them personalized recommendations and being authentic with them. “If you fail in being empathetic, you will never reach your full potential,” she said.

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