With more people seeking complementary treatment options for their pets, you may be considering integrative medicine for your practice. If so, you likely have questions. Can I incorporate integrative medicine into my practice? Will my clients approve? What type of training is involved? Do complementary treatments actually work?
Compounding drugs for animal patients is regulated by 50 different state boards of pharmacy and murky federal laws. Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are allowed when approved drugs are not available or suitable for the intended use. Veterinarians should remember a few key things in order to stay safe and on the right side of the law. Potency, safety, efficacy and bioavailability are not guaranteedCompounding from bulk chemicals is in a “regulatory void”Compounds may only be distributed to the patient for which they were prescribedCompounding to make a cheaper version of an approved drug that already exists is illegal Use a PCAB-accredited compounding pharmacy when possible
NAVTA launched its Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) in 2017, with the goal of promoting professional standards for education and expanding career potential for technicians. But the initiative has been somewhat controversial, and much of the VNI debate centers (and stalls) on the word nurse itself, even while VNI proponents say that is not the real focus of the initiative.
Culture is important in order for employees to feel connected to an organization, but just as important are leaders who ensure the mental wellbeing of their teams.
While ketamine dosages are not an exact science, this case documents the use of a ketamine infusion as a pain management tool for a dog with a neck injury.
If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that it is better to take significant precautions than to suffer grievous consequences. Risks and hazards surround us every day, so the precautions we take make a difference to our health and survival. This article describes the key things technicians should know about safety around chemotherapy drugs.
As more AI-powered products and services become available, those who work in veterinary medicine may want to play a role in shaping the future. Four experts in the field discuss how AI is and could be interacting with veterinary medicine from daily practice to educating future practitioners.
The inherent challenges of the veterinary profession have been compounded in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest. This article interviews veterinary professionals and wellness consultants about ways to boost morale in animal hospitals, nurture wellbeing for both leadership and support staff, and promote an inclusive culture.
Veterinary staff will come in from the curb, and clients with them. Things will return, if not to normal, then to something that looks closer to the way they used to be. But what will that look like? And how long will it take?
Becoming and staying profitable is harder than it used to be, so a business needs to understand and regularly measure the metrics that define financial success.