Trends®

September 2023

In This Issue: Veterinary Social Workers; Humor Therapy; Debate Over Noncompete Clauses; Telehealth and Dental Care; and more!

Cover of September 2023 Trends—Paper cutout illustration of 3 silhouettes that depict a spectrum of emotions

Inside AAHA September 2023
Margot Vahrenwald DVM and various images from the September publicity toolbox

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September 2023

Inside AAHA September 2023

Margot Vahrenwald DVM, AAHA’s president for 2022–2023, shares an anecdote that illustrates the toll that poor mental health can take on a team, and how a caring attitude can unite the team. The Community shares memories of accreditation and its importance, 90 years after AAHA began.

Notebook: September 2023
3 images: Clemson University, Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW, and 2 dogs playing with a tennis ball

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September 2023

Notebook: September 2023

News briefs from across the veterinary industry and beyond. This month’s articles include: Pet Insurance Industry Surpasses $3.5 billion; New Center for Veterinary Social Work; Clemson Approves New College of Veterinary Medicine; Research Finds Dogs Have Better Health Outcomes With Another Animal in the home; and Veterinary Supplier Sentenced for Misbranded Drugs.

JAAHA Abstracts
Microscopic view of a mast cell tumor

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September 2023

JAAHA Abstracts

Abstracts from the latest issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Beyond the EAP
Illustration of 3 silhouettes that representing the different states of wellbeing and a range of emotions from anger to happiness to sadness.

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September 2023

Beyond the EAP

Veterinary professionals can “give ‘til it hurts,” sacrificing their mental health and wellbeing while helping pets and the people who love them. In this article, veterinary social workers and other wellness experts share tips on ways to bolster mental health in the day-to-day and why it’s so important.

Laugh to Lighten the Load
Photo of a calendar image of a dog and cat with googly eyes over the dog and cat's eyes

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September 2023

Laugh to Lighten the Load

It can be hard to find humor in a profession filled with burnout and high rates of mental health issues. But some professionals say that is precisely why it is so important to bring the element of humor into vet med.

Noncompete Clauses and Veterinary Practice
Closeup photo of non-compete clause paperwork on a clipboard with a pen on top of it

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September 2023

Noncompete Clauses and Veterinary Practice

A proposed FTC rule could ban noncompete clauses. The debate is fierce and ongoing. This article explores some of the challenges and repercussions of the proposed ban.

Improving Patient Care with Diagnostic Dental Imaging
Photo of a hand holding a pen pointing to dental x-rays on a computer screen

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September 2023

Improving Patient Care with Diagnostic Dental Imaging

Internationally recognized veterinary dental expert Brook Niemiec, DVM, DADVC talks about the benefits of dental teleradiology for the practice, the patient, and the client.

Pain Management Is a Team Sport
Pain management starts at the beginning: A CSR checking in a feline patient and talking to the client

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September 2023

Pain Management Is a Team Sport

The prevention and management of pain in veterinary patients is a core responsibility that should be shared by all members of the veterinary team. This article explores creating a team that is focused on pain management—from the CSR to the client.

Stress First Aid for Veterinary Teams
Stills from Central Line of Katie Berlin, DVM, and Melyssa Allen, MA, DACLM

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September 2023

Stress First Aid for Veterinary Teams

Melyssa Allen, MA, CHWC, DACLM, aims to make first aid for stress just as second-nature for veterinary professionals. Allen describes the Stress First Aid framework, first developed for the US military and now available for healthcare workers, and why it should be part of every veterinary practice, just like antihistamines, Band-Aids, and an eye wash station.

Employee of the Month, September 2023
Ericka Ivey

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September 2023

Employee of the Month, September 2023

This month’s prize winner is Practice Manager Ericka Ivey, from All for Pets Veterinary Clinic in Cabot, Arkansas!

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