Trends®

January 2024

In this issue: Natives in VetMed; Techs and Telehealth; What You Should Know About AI; Staff Retention Survey; and more!

Cover of January 2024 Trends. Illustration of two Native American women and veterinary professionals cuddling a dog and a cat.

From the Editor

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January 2024

From the Editor

We have been planning a re-design for a couple of years, but the pandemic put things on hold. But now, after months of hard work and planning, we are proud to offer our readers a new look and feel (in the print version), as well as some new contents.

The Scoop, January 2024

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January 2024

The Scoop, January 2024

AAHA board member Gregory Carastro, LVT, CVBL, discusses the power of the team in the first View from the Board of 2024. This month’s Scoop news articles include: First dog-fox hybrid ; 11 technologies veterinary practices can adopt today; FTC chair discusses veterinary trends at AVMA economic meeting;  Amazon considers offering veterinary telehealth as it looks to compete with Walmart; and more!

5 Questions for a Dental Specialist
Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, performing a dental procedure.

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January 2024

5 Questions for a Dental Specialist

In this new series, we ask a different specialist 5 questions about their specialty and what it means to them. This month we talk to Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, owner of Hometown Animal Hospital & All Pets Dental in Weston, Florida, who is one of the few board-certified veterinary dentists in the country.

Employee of the Month, January 2024
Jillian Shenkel, Customer Care Representative Supervisor

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January 2024

Employee of the Month, January 2024

This month’s prize winner is Customer Care Representative Supervisor Jillian Shenkel, of Rose City Veterinary Hospital, in Portland, Oregon!

Case Report of the Month
Close-up of a dog's eye with idiopathic immunemediated uveitis.

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January 2024

Case Report of the Month

In an attempt to avoid the systemic side effects associated with oral steroids for chronic bilateral uveitis, a bichon frise was given oral cyclosporine after discontinuing the oral steroid. However, the cyclosporine was also discontinued one month later, because of severe vomiting. Read on to find out if oral leflunomide is a viable treatment option for canine idiopathic immune-mediated uveitis.

An Extra Wind: Natives in VetMed
Illustration of two Indigenous veterinary professionals cuddling pets.

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January 2024

An Extra Wind: Natives in VetMed

A new group offers camaraderie and support for Indigenous veterinary students and professionals. With help from the nonprofit Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE), Natives in VetMed is rapidly expanding. Already, members represent 33 tribes from the United States and Canada.

Telehealth After COVID

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January 2024

Telehealth After COVID

Virtual care offers huge benefits for your patients, clients, staff, and bottom line. These include increased workflow efficiency, improved work-life balance, better and more thorough care for patients, and added convenience value for clients. It is no surprise that the lynchpin of well-implemented virtual care begins and ends with veterinary technicians, assistants, and care coordinators.

Stay, Please
An illustration of a fish in a small fish bowl jumping over to a larger fish bowl to represent poor staff retention efforts

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January 2024

Stay, Please

A new AAHA survey on staff retention got a massive response. People had a lot to say—and they wanted to be heard. After months of sorting through the data, consulting with data analysts, and looking at these findings from various angles, we’ve landed on some illuminating findings.

Artificial Intelligence in Vet Med

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January 2024

Artificial Intelligence in Vet Med

The rapid progression of AI has been facilitated by the enormous increase in data capture and availability, computer storage and processing capabilities, and neural network architectures. As governments, businesses, and organizations are struggling to keep up with the pace of developments, it begs the questions: What is on the horizon for veterinary medicine, and what will be the impact of AI?

Elevating Veterinary Excellence: A Path to “Leveling Up”

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January 2024

Elevating Veterinary Excellence: A Path to “Leveling Up”

Amanda Shelby RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) joined Central Line: The AAHA Podcast at AAHA Con 2023 in San Diego, to share her insights and passion for the veterinary field, discussing her unique journey as a VTS and the importance of pushing the boundaries of knowledge and expertise.

In Practice

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January 2024

In Practice

In Practice is a new feature in our newly redesigned Trends. Each month the final page of Trends will feature a useful and practical graphic that can be downloaded from the Trends website. This month, we have an infographic on the ins and outs of telehealth.

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