From the Editor

In the veterinary world, we often note February as Dental Health Month. But in the larger scope, February is also Black History Month, and so we wanted to celebrate that by bringing you inspiration from our friends at blendVET™, who are creating pathways into the profession for students who may not otherwise see those opportunities.

Growth and Learning

In the veterinary world, we often note February as Dental Health Month. That’s why we have articles this month from dental expert and Instagram rock star Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, (find him on IG @dr_brook_niemiec) about the best ways of sharpening your dental tools and a special In Practice illustration on proper cleaning techniques. But in the larger scope, February is also Black History Month, and so we wanted to celebrate that by bringing you inspiration from our friends at blendVET, who are creating pathways into the profession for students who may not otherwise see those opportunities.

Speaking of individuals who face challenges in the profession, our second feature explores some of the barriers that people with disabilities face in vet med. Ever optimistic, we also look at some ways that your practice can help to remove some of the stigmas around disabilities and help to accommodate those with disabilities who want to be in the profession.

The Trends Employee of the Month Contest—Everybody Wins

There will still be $500 in gift cards to claim each month, courtesy of CareCredit, to be divided between the nominator ($100) and the winner ($400). Go to aaha.org/EOTM to nominate one of your co-workers.

Coming Next Month

March will be our first single-themed issue of 2024, with the Behavior Issue. We’ll look at the role of telehealth and some of the top behavior issues to look for in the postpandemic era; we’ll also do a deep dive into how to start your own podcast—and whether or not you should.

As always, let me know what you think at trends@aaha.org.

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Ben Williams
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