In this guest column, Center for Pet Safety Founder/CEO/Chairman Lindsey A. Wolko sheds light on how her organization is addressing current safety issues involving traveling with pets, as well as offers safety tips that veterinarians can communicate to clients.
It’s almost time for champagne toasts, terrible sweaters and awkward visits from relatives. But to ensure you can enjoy the end-of-year holidays to the fullest, take some time to assess your financial health, and get your practice all set for a great 2014. Here is a checklist of some things to think about as you wrap up for the year, pulled from sources around the Web.
Up to 59 percent of dogs and cats are overweight, making it the most common nutritional disorder identified in veterinary practice. Now, the American Animal Hospital Association’s '2014 Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats' is offering small animal practitioners guidance in tackling weight problems with their patients.
Veterinarians who are ready to gain the leadership skills and experience needed to make a larger impact within the profession still have time to apply for the AVMA's 2014-2015 Future Leaders Program.
The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is offering emotional support to people who have lost a pet with a new program called Together In Grief, Easing Recovery (TIGER).
A newly announced partnership between NAVC and NAVTA will focus on supporting the professional growth and success of veterinary technicians and entire veterinary teams.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2013, AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals or those hospitals aspiring to gain accreditation will be required to anesthetize and intubate all dental patients in order to pass the AAHA accreditation evaluation. The standard applies to all dental procedures, including dental cleanings.
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.
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.
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.