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March 09, 2016

Nominations sought for veterinary licensing board positions

If you’ve thought about leveraging your veterinary expertise and doing good at the same time, now may be your chance. The National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) is seeking three board members, whose terms will start in late June 2016, for its Examination Development Advisory Board (EDAB). Nominations are due by May 2. There will be three open positions on the EDAB: one Canine (also Pet Bird), one Feline (also Other Small Animal), and one Equine.

February 02, 2016

NBVME survey to launch in early March

The Collaboration for Veterinary Assessments consisting of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) periodically surveys practitioners to ensure that the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE®) reflects the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed by entry-level veterinarians. Given that the last practice analysis was completed in 2009, the NBVME will send a new Practice Analysis survey to a carefully selected sample of veterinarians from all aspects of veterinary medicine throughout the United States and Canada, including potentially AAHA members, in early March.

January 06, 2016

IDEXX Cornerstone® Software is pleased to announce seamless integration of AAHA Diagnostic Terms

In 2013, IDEXX introduced the AAHA Diagnostic Terms for all new Cornerstone customers. With the growing popularity of consistent diagnostic codes among providers, IDEXX has now created a mechanism to provide all Cornerstone customers running version 8.3 or higher the ability to integrate the AAHA Diagnostic Terms with automatic updates, further enabling them to take advantage of multiple benefits to their practices.

December 31, 2015

Top pet products of 2015 awarded

Pet related spending in 2015 is expected to top $60 billion, according to American Pet Products. And as you might guess, innovation is leading the way and mirroring, in many respects, the times we live in. Pet Business announced the winners of its 2015 Pet Business Annual Industry Recognition Awards this month.

December 29, 2015

AVMA seeks Counsel of Education candidates

If you’re New Year’s resolutions include volunteering in 2016, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) may have what you’re looking for. The AVMA Council on Education (COE) Selection committee is seeking interested and qualified AVMA members who are clinical practitioners to serve on the COE. Specifically, in the spring of 2016, the COE will be filling the position of “Private Mixed Clinical Practice.”

December 21, 2015

HABRI releases new study on relationship of healthcare savings to pet ownership

Veterinary professionals don’t need a study to tell them that pets are good for your health. But now, there is quantitative data to prove it. On Dec. 14, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) released a new economic study that quantifies the healthcare cost savings associated with pet ownership. The economic analysis, conducted by researchers at George Mason University, calculated an $11.7 billion savings in U.S. healthcare costs as a result of pet ownership.

December 14, 2015

Grants awarded for feline health studies

What do your feline patients want for Christmas? Besides treats and toys, good health is no doubt on the list. And lucky for felines, grants were recently awarded toward that end. On Nov. 23, the Winn Feline Foundation awarded four grants totaling $118,137 to three universities, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of California-Davis, and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

November 03, 2015

AVMA awards nominations now open

The veterinary profession abounds with dedicated pioneers and practitioners—in research, education, community service, public service, advocacy, and more. And now, veterinary professionals have the opportunity to recognize some of them. On Nov. 1, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) opened nominations for its Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards, to recognize AVMA members and non-members who have contributed to the profession. Nominations will close on Feb. 1.

October 08, 2015

Veterinary hospital is hero in wake of Northern California fires

In the wake of the Northern California fires, contained last week, an AAHA-accredited practice is rising from the ashes as one of its heroes. Angels Camp Veterinary Hospital (Angels Camp) boarded over 100 animals for evacuees of the fire, and treated over 30 cats that were either burned or affected by the fire, some with stress-related issue, Alice Sunseri, Practice Manager, told NEWStat.

September 08, 2015

AAHA revises position on domestic cat declawing

After many months of review, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has revised its position on domestic cat declawing. The revised declawing position statement was approved at a regularly scheduled AAHA Board of Directors meeting in August 2015. The approval came after months of review and revision by the board appointed Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee.

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