Trends®

July 2024

A guy with a chinchilla walks into a veterinary practice. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but what would you do? Find out the answer as we explore exotics, exit strategies, a root canal on a bear, and more in this month’s issue of Trends!

Cover of July 2024 Trends—A veterinarian is looking confused at the bird she is holding.

From the editor
Photo of Trends editor, Ben Williams, next to the July 2024 Trends print magazine

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July 2024

From the editor

Exotic pets run the gamut from mice all the way up to ball pythons with everything in between. If you live in a large urban area, chances are there is an exotics vet near you. But, in this month’s cover story, our expert writer talks about “exotic pet deserts” and how general practitioners can fill in the gap for care of exotics in such locations.

The Scoop
3 photos: AAHA president, Mark Thompson, DVM, CCRP, a hungry yellow lab salivating as he eats kibble, and photos of Katrina Mealey, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, DACVIM, and Rance Sellon, DVM, PhD, DACVIM.

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July 2024

The Scoop

AAHA president Mark Thompson, DVM, CCRP, talks about the importance of end-of-life care in ensuring a dignified and compassionate departure for our beloved animal companions. The AAHA Community debates the pros and cons of using AI. This month’s Scoop headlines include: Retrievers have a gene mutation that may cause excess hunger; State of the workplace health report; WSU veterinarians receive awards for teaching and research, and more!

5 Questions for a Nutrition Specialist
Martha G. Cline, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition)

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July 2024

5 Questions for a Nutrition Specialist

Nutrition specialist Martha G. Cline, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition), Senior Manager for Veterinary Technical Communication at Nestlé Purina PetCare, answers the five questions.

Employee of the Month
Jade Petrie, RVT

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July 2024

Employee of the Month

Jade Petrie, RVT, Technician Supervisor at VCA Welborn Animal Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, is this month’s Employee of the Month.

JAAHA Case Report of the Month – Tibial Nerve Neuroma
Photos taken during surgery on a tibial nerve neuroma.

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July 2024

JAAHA Case Report of the Month – Tibial Nerve Neuroma

A new case report in JAAHA describes how surgeons managed a painful tibial nerve neuroma that developed relatively quickly after the nerve was damaged during a previous medical procedure.

Exotic Pet Care Deserts
A collection of photos featuring exotic pets receiving veterinary treatment—a parrot, hamster, frog, guinea pig, and a duck.

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July 2024

Exotic Pet Care Deserts

We could define an “Exotic Pet Care Desert” as an area where there are no veterinarians with skills or interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery. In such an area, how can a general practitioner provide compassionate care to an animal they are not familiar with? Let’s start with some basics.

Practice Ownership Exit (and Entry) Strategies
An illustration of an open glass door with the veterinary caduceus on it. Light is shining through the door.

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July 2024

Practice Ownership Exit (and Entry) Strategies

Many practice owners start thinking about selling too late—whether they hope to sell to an individual or a corporation. That’s because finding a practitioner-buyer other than an associate can take several years, and consolidators typically require sellers to keep working for years. So what do you do?

Snuffle, Cough, Snort: Beyond the “Wrong Tube”
A photo of a pug coughing next to a bowl of dry kibble.

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July 2024

Snuffle, Cough, Snort: Beyond the “Wrong Tube”

Historically, veterinary medicine has primarily approached respiratory and gastrointestinal clinical signs as independent problems. However, given the shared anatomy of the upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, it is impossible to separate these disorders.

What Does Exceptional End-of-Life Care Look Like?
Photo of a technician lovingly petting a cat laying in a cat bed

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July 2024

What Does Exceptional End-of-Life Care Look Like?

End-of-life care for pets has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years. Modern-day practices offer many different services around this sensitive time, going beyond the traditional, limited options.

Paying It Forward
Critter Fixers stars Vernard Hodges, DVM, (left) and Terrence Ferguson, DVM. Both are wearing t-shirts that say

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July 2024

Paying It Forward

Innovative youth outreach and scholarship programs support students to diversify and strengthen the veterinary profession.

Unbearable Tooth Trouble
Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP (Canine & Feline) performs dental work on an anesthetized black bear while a technician listens to the bear's heart.

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July 2024

Unbearable Tooth Trouble

When a local zoo veterinarian called to request a tooth extraction for a North American black bear, Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP (Canine & Feline), and his team discovered the bear had a fractured right lower canine tooth, common in bears due to their powerful jaws and the demands of their natural foraging behaviors.

Empowering Veterinary Care Through Inclusivity
An image of a happy veterinarian listening to a dog's heart, plus stills from an episode of Central Line: The AAHA Podcast showing Katie Berlin, DVM, and Esmeralda Cano, DVM.

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July 2024

Empowering Veterinary Care Through Inclusivity

Esmeralda Cano, DVM, joined Central Line podcast to discuss the mission of Vetspacito, a platform aimed at breaking down language barriers in veterinary care.

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