COVID-19

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COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease

Coronavirus False Alarm for Pet Pug Highlights Importance of Confirmatory Testing

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Reports 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.

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COVID-19, Public Health

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grants Show Strong Support for Veterinary Nurses

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

The 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.

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COVID-19, Featured, Infectious Disease

Can Cats Spread COVID-19 to Other Cats?

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Veterinary teams should be ready to address questions regarding whether cats can spread COVID-19 to help ease fear and encourage responsible behavior.

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COVID-19, News, Personal Wellbeing

Stress Busters for Dogs and Cats During Quarantine

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Dogs 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.

pet adoption dog
COVID-19, News, Practice Management

How to Handle the Influx of New Pet Adoptions During COVID-19

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Pet fostering and adoption are surging in many communities across the country—what does this mean for veterinary practices in a COVID-19 world?

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COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease

How to Help Pet Owners Stay Calm About Coronavirus-Positive Cats

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

With reports of pets testing positive for the coronavirus, pet owners will have questions. Here’s how to answer them.

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COVID-19, Featured, Personal Wellbeing

Quarantine and Pets: How to Help Pet Owners Adjust

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Put 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.

ivermectin and covid-19
COVID-19, News, Public Health

What Veterinary Teams Need to Know About Ivermectin and COVID-19

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

The 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.

COVID-19, News, Practice Management

Be a Leader for Your Team During the Coronavirus Crisis

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Leadership 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.

pet owner with cat
COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease

Lions, Tigers, Domestic Cats, and COVID-19: How Do We Educate Pet Owners?

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Veterinary 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.

COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease , Public Health

Coronavirus Basics Q&A with Editor-in-Chief Kara Burns

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

Pet owners have lots of questions regarding the coronavirus and their pets but not a lot of accurate resources. Read this Q&A with TVN’s Editor-in-Chief Kara Burns.

veterinary clinics and covid-19 crisis
COVID-19, News, Public Health

Veterinary Clinics Take Measures to Protect Staff and Clients

Patricia Wuest Vice President of Media Strategy, NAVC

Veterinary nurses/technicians and front-desk staff are often the team members communicating with clients, as well as taking care of animals inside the clinic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of clinics have had to make temporary changes to their procedures. Here’s how veterinary nurses can keep staff, clients and their patients safe.

coronavirus sanitation veterinary hospitals
COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease , Public Health

Why Sanitization Is Crucial in Combatting the Coronavirus in Veterinary Hospitals

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

The new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, can remain viable on surfaces for days, emphasizing the importance of sanitization in veterinary hospitals and clinics.

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COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease , Public Health

Veterinary Teams Should Educate Pet Owners About COVID-19

Pet owners are reaching out to their veterinarians to ask about the risks of COVID-19 as it relates to their pets. Among the questions: Can my pet get COVID-19 from people? Can my children get COVID-19 from my pet? Is it OK to hug my pet? It’s your job to tell them that there is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of COVID-19 for humans or that this virus can cause the disease in pets.

COVID-19 and pets
COVID-19, News, Infectious Disease , Public Health

COVID-19 and Pets: Calm Anxious Pet Owners

Patricia Wuest Vice President of Media Strategy, NAVC

There is no evidence that dogs or cats have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. Yet, confusion among pet owners exists, creating questions and, worse, panic. Veterinary nurses are often the first to field questions from anxious pet owners. Here are our tips for dispelling the myths about COVID-19 and pets, educating your clients, and answering questions from pet owners.

COVID-19, News, Public Health

A Look at COVID-19 From Our Editor in Chief

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

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.

No 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.

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COVID-19, News,

AVMA: Veterinary Practices Are “Essential Businesses”

What’s happening to veterinary practices during the COVID-19 crisis has been changing rapidly, reflecting the impacts on the larger, global business world. The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) is advocating to ensure veterinary practices continue to be listed as “essential businesses” so that they can remain open as long as possible.

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