Hurricane Gustav’s arrival in the United States on Sept. 1 marked an important milestone in companion animal history. For the first time, pets and service animals were allowed to evacuate hurricane-threatened areas with their owners. And at least one group of veterinary technicians was an integral part of it. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, signed into law by President Bush in 2006, requires pets to be included in disaster evacuation plans. OSU instructor Dana Call, RVT, VTS (ECC), was the leader of a team of technicians and students that were sent to the shelter to attend to the non-human evacuees. She received a call from Scott Mason, DVM, coordinator of the Oklahoma State Animal Response Team, putting her on alert that the evacuees were arriving Sept. 1. Call said about 1,800 people arrived at the Oklahoma shelter on Labor Day, along with about 30 cats and dogs, a cockatiel, a fish and two gerbils.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) announced yesterday the results of its 2018 Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Survey.The results are encouraging, including a 99% satisfaction rate among participants.
The AAHA Austin 2016 Yearly Conference begins Thursday, March 31, and it is shaping up to be one of AAHA’s best conferences yet. AAHA plans to release several announcements during the conference’s Opening Session ceremony on Thursday. “We have some exciting announcements to share with our members and the veterinary industry in Austin,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (C/F), chief executive officer of AAHA.
Each year, the AAHA conference promotes a local charity that strengthens the human-animal bond by helping both animals and people. This year’s charity, Hounds 4 Heroes, is a Tampa Bay charity that provides fully trained service dogs to assist military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disabling conditions. AAHA will match up to $5,000 of the money raised for Hounds 4 Heroes at AAHA Tampa 2015.
The topical application to cats of flea control products marketed for dogs containing permethrins constitutes a major portion of feline toxicities reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) has designated nine U.S. veterinary hospitals and clinics as Veterinary Trauma Centers. The trauma centers will collaborate to define high standards and care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiencies and outcomes.
Authors of several AAHA Press publications turned up in the bookstore during the AAHA Yearly Conference in Phoenix last month to meet with and answer questions from readers. The authors were: Marsha L Heinke, DVM, CPA, CVPM; Philip Seibert, CVT; Linda White; Rebecca Rose, CVT; and Carin Smith, DVM. The books cover a wide range of topics, from practice management to behavior issues to career options for technicians
Some veterinarians might dream of the day when a 9-year-old goes home to educate his or her parents about the importance of heartworm prevention and regular wellness checks. Staff members at Tiger Tails Animal Hospital in Duluth, Ga., are working to make that dream a reality.
While the hotbeds of heartworm disease haven’t changed dramatically in the past three years, the incidence numbers reported by participants in the 2016 American Heartworm Society (AHS) Incidence Survey indicate that the average number of positive cases per veterinary clinic has been inching upwards.
The American Animal Hospital Association revealed plans for a fresh, intimate veterinary conference during the AAHA Nashville 2017 Opening Session. In 2017, AAHA announced plans to transition to an accredited-only membership model. Connexity will be a more intimate, interactive learning experience with limited attendance to only 700 attendees from AAHA-accredited hospitals.