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The Veterinary Nurse Initiative: The Crux of the Debate

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.

Inside AAHA: June 2020

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.

Notebook: June 2020

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.

Staffing by the Numbers

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.

Developing an HR Management Strategy Without an HR Manager

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.

In the Community: June 2020

AAHA-accredited Tennessee Avenue Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, donates time and goods to the Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser.

Veterinary Social Workers: Supporting Teams and Clients Through Trauma and Grief

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.

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