Veterinary Practice Biosecurity Tracker As the saying goes, “we treasure what we measure.” By using this simple tracker, your team will be able to measure your progress towards optimal infection disease control in your hospital by tracking which tactics you have fully, partially or not yet implemented .
One of the common questions that many veterinarians are asked has to do with pet food choices; clients want to know what’s best for their pet. The topic of grains—and corn, in particular—as an ingredient in animal food often comes up.
It’s been known for some time that samples tested immediately, in-house, provide better results than those tested later. As more practitioners use in-house equipment to review samples within minutes of collection, the case for the trueness of in-house readings is resounding louder. Are you convinced yet that an in-house laboratory could be a valuable part of your veterinary practice? Whether you have one or you are thinking about acquiring one, make sure that you follow these five steps to a better lab.
One of the most important things veterinary staff can do is to help animals in pain. Technicians and assistants can help the veterinarian assess and alleviate pain in an animal that is suffering. They can also teach pet owners how to recognize when their pet has pain, so owners can manage the pain at home. Are you up to date in your understanding of pain management? Take the following quiz to find out! 1. Pain after surgery or injury is an evolutionary device that is beneficial to animals because it limits their movement and prevents more injury and pain. A. True B. False
Compounding drugs for animal patients is regulated by 50 different state boards of pharmacy and murky federal laws. Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are allowed when approved drugs are not available or suitable for the intended use. Veterinarians should remember a few key things in order to stay safe and on the right side of the law. Potency, safety, efficacy and bioavailability are not guaranteedCompounding from bulk chemicals is in a “regulatory void”Compounds may only be distributed to the patient for which they were prescribedCompounding to make a cheaper version of an approved drug that already exists is illegal Use a PCAB-accredited compounding pharmacy when possible
Therapeutic lasers, or cold lasers, are a big investment, and several questions need to be considered if you are planning to purchase one. Or maybe you already have a laser and the monthly payments are not being covered by the money that is coming in from utilizing it. Perhaps your laser is paid for and gathering dust. No matter what group you are in, this article will address these issues and help inform your decision either to buy a laser (or not) or to dust off the laser you have and give it one more try.
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 topics include: personality isn’t permanent, identifying burnout at work, dogs can detect heat with their noses, pig ears and Salmonella risk, why cats are better at surviving snakebites, canine and human brain cancer similarities, and racial equity in action.
While there can be misconceptions that veterinary hospitals at nonprofit animal shelters are practicing subpar medicine, that is not the case. In this article, veterinarians from AAHA-accredited shelter clinics discuss the unique challenges and rewards of serving their communities through their life-saving work.
In the face of a global pandemic, animal hospitals across the country acted quickly to implement strategies to stay connected with clients, inform pet parents, and provide safe ways to treat patients. The most successful were able to leverage these strategies to keep clients engaged and coming back.