In August 2020, Garth Jordan, MBA, CSM, CSPO, was hired as AAHA’s new CEO. Jordan, a lifelong Coloradoan, has no formal veterinary training, but comes to the position from the association leadership side. Trends spoke with Jordan about his life and career path before AAHA, and about some of the plans he has for taking AAHA into the future.
News briefs from across the industry and beyond. This month’s articles include: CAPC issues appointment guidelines, Cryptosporidium study on gut cells, first-ever stem cell treatment on a nonhuman primate a success, Jesse Brandon named president of LVMA, Fort Drum drive-through clinics, NAIC developing pet insurance model law, mummified Yukon wolf pup, survey on barriers to veterinary care, and rapid language learning in dogs.
Despite tramadol’s popularity as an oral analgesic in veterinary medicine, experts have debated it’s efficacy for years. And a new study has added fuel to the fire. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that tramadol was ineffective in relieving pain associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. The researchers compared the use of tramadol with both placebo and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in 35 dogs with osteoarthritis of the elbow or knee in a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled crossover study.
Most canine weight loss interventions involve a change in diet, but the authors of a new literature review wanted to know whether interventions that used behavior change techniques (BCTs) to modify pet owners’ behavior could be effective, too. The authors’ conclusion, based on the findings of the 14 studies they analyzed: Um, probably.
Move over, preventable diseases: A new player is joining the fight for preventive pet health. The Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare is announcing its plans to rollout Partners for Healthy Pets, a program designed to provide support for the veterinary healthcare team. The group plans to officially unveil the new program at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention in August. The Partners for Healthy Pets program is a result of the collaborative efforts of Partnership members to emphasize preventive pet health. The Partnership is an alliance of more than 20 leading veterinary associations and animal health companies committed to a vision of improved overall health for pets. Members include the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the AVMA, and other industry leaders and associations. In light of declining veterinary visits and statistics showing an increase in chronic conditions, these organizations have teamed up to ensure that pets receive the care they need. In early May 2012, Banfield released its 2012 State of Pet Health Report. The report showed that chronic conditions, especially obesity, are on the rise across the United States over the past five years. According to the Banfield report, overweight pets and obesity, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and heart disease are all on the rise.
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Adam Hechko, DVM, AAHA’s president-elect, talks about the importance of recognizing and utilizing veterinary technicians to their full potential. Plus, four courses you didn’t know were on AAHA Learning, social media images to help celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week, AAHA celebrates 25- and 50-year accredited practices, and Dear AAHA provides suggestions for marking National Veterinary Technician Week.
Dermot Jevens, DVM, MVB, DACVS, AAHA secretary/treasurer, explores the human side of technology, namely the people who purchase, implement, and operate the practice’s technology on a daily basis. Also, some trivia on the AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award finalists, a recap of AAHA Day 2020, and Ask AAHA answers a question on accreditation for mobile practices.