About the Author
Kara Burns is an LVT with master’s degrees in physiology and counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and a poison specialist for humans and animals. Kara is the founder and president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She is the editor in chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse. She also works as an independent nutritional consultant, and is the immediate past president of NAVTA. She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.
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Personal/Professional DevelopmentNew articles on imaging positioning, nutrition math, and opioid-free analgesia; open applications for 2024's Rippie Scholarship; and an exclusive look inside a veterinary assistant program at a California correctional facility.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentHelp us celebrate the 2022 Rippie Scholars!
NutritionNutritional management of cancer patients has the ability to influence the course of the disease as well as involve clients in part of their pet's treatment.
NewsSee what's been going on and what's coming up in the world of the NAVC.
Personal/Professional Development"Autumn is the time of year to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have."
CardiologyNutritional intervention can play a role in improving the quality of life for cats with HCM.
Personal/Professional Development"Do what fills your cup and recharges you . . . Turn your face to the sun and let the shadows fall behind you. Seize the opportunities. Invest in you!"
NutritionEarning a VTS (Nutrition) helps veterinary nurses become integral members of the veterinary nutrition team and helping pets live longer, healthier lives.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentPassion is what has led and motivated these Rippie Scholars throughout their careers. Join us in congratulating them!
Show gratitude to yourself and your teammates.
NutritionThe veterinary healthcare team should understand the “why” behind an owner’s need to provide treats and be prepared with appropriate recommendations for treats based on the individual pet and the owner when nutritional adjustments are needed.
The veterinary nursing profession is full of strong-willed, loving, smart individuals.
Exotic MedicinePet bird owners influence their bird’s diet and therefore have a major impact on their birds’ health and longevity. Educating the owner on proper nutrition is one of the most important roles of the veterinary healthcare team.
Personal WellbeingIt's been a tough year for the veterinary profession. But we persevered. We learned new skills, pivoted practice protocols, and we're coming out on the other side.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentNutrition is becoming increasingly important to both veterinary professionals and owners. Becoming certified and establishing yourself as the point of contact to clients will ensure optimal results.
Personal WellbeingSelf-care: this term gets tossed around often, especially in our profession. But what is self-care to you?
Personal/Professional DevelopmentThe human-animal bond is more complex than you think, and learning everything you can about it will benefit your beloved patients, your client relationships, and your practice's function.
NutritionClinical nutrition plays a critical role in successful long-term management of patients with osteoarthritis.
Throughout September, the nation recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to help inform people about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide.
2020 has brought a host of trials, from COVID to a surge in systemic racism, but the veterinary profession is rallying together to shine a light and overcome.
NewsReports of a pet dog testing positive for the new coronavirus circulated in April, but the USDA was unable to confirm the result, signaling that it may be a false alarm.
Pet owners have questions for veterinary nurses about their pets and coronavirus—here’s how to ease their fears and promote their pet’s health.
NewsThe AVMA, NAVTA, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Zoetis came together to provide $200,000 in a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant program for veterinary nurses and veterinary assistants in need.
Hear from TVN’s Editor in Chief on the COVID-19 pandemic and the winners of the NAVC’s Rippie Scholarship.
Veterinary teams should be ready to address questions regarding whether cats can spread COVID-19 to help ease fear and encourage responsible behavior.
NewsDogs and cats may be feeling stressed from the coronavirus quarantine—help pet owners identify and reduce stress in their dogs and cats with these activities.
NewsPet fostering and adoption are surging in many communities across the country—what does this mean for veterinary practices in a COVID-19 world?
NewsWith reports of pets testing positive for the coronavirus, pet owners will have questions. Here's how to answer them.
NewsPut down the clippers: pet owners may be looking to start grooming and running their pets while in COVID-19 quarantine. Here's how to communicate best practices.
NewsThe parasite drug ivermectin shows early promise against COVID-19 in vitro; FDA warns that humans should not use ivermectin intended for animals as treatment for COVID-19.
Practice ManagementLeadership is crucial in a veterinary setting, especially during a crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is catalyzing change in workplace dynamics and displaying the importance of a strong, empathetic leader.
NewsVeterinary teams have been educating pet owners that there currently is no evidence indicating the spread of the COVID-19 virus from pets to other animals or humans, based on the guidance of infectious disease experts along with U.S. and global human and animal health organizations.
NewsThe COVID-19 crisis has brought new challenges for veterinary nurses. Telemedicine is a technology that could help clinics cope.
NewsMany people are suffering from anxiety due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Veterinary professionals have an extra burden — in addition to coping with the challenges of their own daily lives, they must remain calm, collected and compassionate with frazzled pet owners. Here are a few tips for alleviating some of the stress veterinary team members may be experiencing.
NewsTVN’s editor-in-chief Kara Burns recommends that veterinary nurses advise their clients to avoid taking their dogs to dog parks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NewsThe new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, can remain viable on surfaces for days, emphasizing the importance of sanitization in veterinary hospitals and clinics.
NewsNo one knows better how COVID-19 is affecting the veterinary industry than our Editor in Chief and Director of Veterinary Nursing, Kara Burns. We asked her some questions pertaining to clients, patients, and veterinary staff and practitioners.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentThe Earl H. Rippie, Jr. Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship recognizes veterinary nurses who have demonstrated leadership skills and have made a positive impact on the profession
Treatment of periodontal disease in all veterinary patients is prudent, and the use of analgesia, including general anesthesia, is essential to the comprehensive treatment plan.
As niche pet food markets continue to grow, veterinarians are worried they could cause more problems than they could help.
Self-reflection can provide lessons, insights, and clarity for the future.
Greater awareness of cachexia will help provide practical approaches to managing body weight and lean body mass in dogs and cats, as well as more directed targets for treatment.
Fall is almost upon us and with it comes numerous awareness weeks and months in the veterinary world, including National Veterinary Technician Week.
Each member of the veterinary healthcare team plays an important role that is critical to the overall success of the team and, subsequently, to the overall wellness of the patient and success of the hospital.
This year’s recipients of the the Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship were presented at VMX 2019 in Orlando.
The veterinary nurse profession is a compassionate, ever evolving, and expanding one of hard-working, intelligent, and thoughtful individuals who care deeply for pets and the people who love them.
Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are one of the leading causes for which pets present to veterinary hospitals.
As with life, change is constant.