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.
Cheryl Smith, CVPM, a director on the AAHA board, discusses the humanity in veterinary medicine in this time of social distancing. Other Inside AAHA content includes: Dear AAHA addresses an overheating technician; the hidden benefits of AAHA membership; and an obituary of Ray Pahle, AAHA past president.
News briefs from across the industry and beyond. This month’s articles include: Bad boss behavior; beyond random acts of wellness; make a new habit stick; Google team study; Banfield launches free suicide-prevention training; actions that set the tone for workplace culture; and how to disagree with someone more powerful than you.
Staff turnover is a larger problem in the veterinary profession compared with the rest of the country, Here are some stats to put things in perspective.
Most hospital managers or administrators don’t have the luxury of being a department of one focused exclusively on HR. Instead, HR is just one of the many hats they wear throughout their day. This article provides 10 tips for creating an HR strategy without having an HR manager.
Learn about multimodal pain management for a black-handed spider monkey, our first case involving a nonhuman primate.
AAHA-accredited Tennessee Avenue Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, donates time and goods to the Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser.
Trustworthiness, clear communication, collaboration, courage, and the ability to embrace disruption are all critical leadership elements that become more obvious, especially when lacking, during challenging times when leadership is needed the most.
Stressed veterinary teams and clients can make for a volatile mix. Veterinary social workers provide the coping strategies and healthy communication needed. This professional attends to human needs at the four main intersections of veterinary and social work practice—the link between human and animal violence, grief and loss, animal-assisted interactions, and compassion fatigue and conflict management.
Veterinary professionals of all ages and in all roles run the risk of repetitive stress injuries. This article discusses the most common injuries, based on workers’ compensation claim data, and strategies for preventing strains, sprains, and pain.