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December 02, 2023

Get involved to better prepare graduates for practice

You are invited to join the Spectrum of Care Initiative Advisory Community (SOCI), which is seeking practitioners who work with a socioeconomically diverse clientele to help better prepare veterinary school graduates for the challenges of practice.

January 05, 2024

Animal hospital employee union ratifies its first contract

Paid time off, better working conditions, and pay transparency were on the table in the two-year negotiations to ratify the first contract for the ACAH Alliance, only the second employee union at a US animal hospital.

March 07, 2024

Reducing turnover: Which approach is right for you?

How you increase employee retention might be practice-wide or it might focus on specific job roles where you see the highest turnover. AAHA’s “Stay, Please” white paper has the data to inform your next move, regardless of which strategy you choose.

January 16, 2019

World’s most successful mitral valve repair surgeon to teach his technique in the US

Open-heart mitral valve repair on dogs is a tricky procedure at best, and the usual success rate is 60% to 75%, depending on the dog’s size, age, heart status, and overall health at the time of surgery. Japanese cardiologist Masami Uechi, DVM, can boast a success rate of 90%. Soon, he'll be teaching US veterinarians how he does it.

January 11, 2019

Study: Rise in veterinary opioid prescriptions could contribute to human opioid epidemic

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine reviewed all opioids dispensed at the veterinary school for from January 2007 through December 2017. The findings show that prescriptions rose 41% annually, while the number of patient visits rose only 13%.The researchers found the ratio worrisome.

January 10, 2019

Study: Female veterinarians more prone to suicide

The numbers are grim. According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), female veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than members of the general population. And while female veterinarians account for two-thirds of US veterinarians, their suicide rate is more than twice that for male veterinarians.

December 05, 2018

Article: Grain-free diets are “market-driven fads” with no proven link to dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs

Who knew eating peas could be trendy? Last July, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating a potential link between heart disease in dogs and the consumption of grain-free pet food.That announcement set off a firestorm of confusion and (often) misinformed debate among those who advocate for unconventional diets such as grain free, raw, home prepared, vegetarian, and boutique commercial pet foods.

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