Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Areas of Needed Focus in Veterinary Medicine
Coming to terms with your implicit bias and privilege is difficult. That doesn’t mean it isn’t important in creating a more inclusive workplace and profession. The veterinary profession is recognizing this effort and making strides to address DEI.
Blood Transfusions in Anemic Dogs and Cats
Successfully providing blood transfusions for anemic patients requires knowledge of how to support the patient during the procedure, blood product selection, administration of the blood transfusion, how to prevent complications, and more.
Back to Basics
Don’t mistake technical skill for medical knowledge. If you build a solid base of both understanding and skill, you will soon enough be the one setting the example.
Managing Canine Corneal Ulcers
This review examines corneal anatomy and physiology, basic classifications of corneal ulcers, what owners need to know about caring for dogs with ulcers, and monitoring patients with corneal ulcers.
Use of Ultrasonography in Veterinary Emergency Rooms
With proper training, veterinary nurses can perform TFAST and AFAST scans on emergent patients.
Finding Purpose in Critical Care
A young patient with an oral and tracheal thermal injury after chewing an electrical wire is an example of some of the cases critical care veterinary nurses manage.
Cutting Through the Noise: Client Interaction During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic created a laundry list of challenges for veterinary teams, but some of these challenges could turn into opportunities for improved client support moving forward.
Osteoarthritis: Getting Patients Moving Through Nutrition
Clinical nutrition plays a critical role in successful long-term management of patients with osteoarthritis.
Repairing a Broken Human-Animal Bond
By the time a behavior specialist gets involved, the relationship between owner and pet may be hanging by a thread. But with the right approach, veterinary nurses can play a part in restoring relationships and potentially saving lives.
One Health: Many Roles, Shared Goals
Veterinary professionals may not immediately recognize their role in environmental health through their work in the veterinary industry, but as is the case with all elements of the One Health Initiative, there is an important contribution from every health and science discipline.
Pediatric Patients in the Shelter Setting
As shelter medicine becomes more widely recognized as an important part of the veterinary field, it is crucial to understand the role shelter professionals play in ensuring the wellbeing of animals and the challenges of treating and caring for pediatric patients in a shelter.
Talking to Clients About the Risks from Anesthesia
As veterinary nurses, we are in a unique position to help alleviate many of our clients’ fears about anesthesia and reduce the stress of a surgical event for them and their pet.
Alternative Pet Diets: Grain-free, Raw, and Other Trends
Alternative pet diets such as grain-free and gluten-free might be permeating the market, but educating clients on the components of a balanced pet diet will ward off malnutrition.
Locoregional Anesthesia for Small Animal Patients
Pain management has become an integral part of small animal veterinary care, and the use of anesthetics and analgesics are varied and easy to perform.
How Veterinary Professionals Can Engage the Modern Client
As pet owners begin to treat their companion animals as family members, they expect a deeper relationship with their veterinary team.
Can Cats Spread COVID-19 to Other Cats?
Veterinary teams should be ready to address questions regarding whether cats can spread COVID-19 to help ease fear and encourage responsible behavior.
Quarantine and Pets: How to Help Pet Owners Adjust
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.
COVID-19, Telemedicine and Veterinary Nurses
With the COVID-19 crisis deepening, how can telemedicine or telehealth be used in a veterinary practice and what is the role of the veterinary nurse?
Show Us Your Veterinary Clinic’s Resident Pets: Photo Gallery
We asked you to show us your resident pets, and you answered. The community at Today’s Veterinary Nurse’s Facebook Page delivered with dozens of cute photos when we asked: “Does your clinic have a resident pet (or two)?” Nothing will bring a much needed smile to your face like these pets hard at work. Check …
Is Your Team Suffering From Coronavirus Pandemic Anxiety?
Many 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.
The New Coronavirus and Companion Animals
With the coronavirus outbreak spreading around the world, clients are bringing in questions of their pets’ susceptibility to this disease. Educate yourselves with this update from the WSAVA Scientific and One Health Committees.
Recognizing, Treating, and Monitoring Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis
SIRS and sepsis patients represent some of the most severely critically ill veterinary patients. Following evidence-based medicine and implementing patient care bundles can greatly reduce patient morbidity and mortality, and providing supportive, diligent nursing care is essential in promoting a positive outcome.
No Pain, All Gain: Becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner
Becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner is a great way for veterinary nurses to be more involved patients’ pain management process and client education and compliance.
The Art of Teaching in Higher Education
Veterinary medicine has evolved so vastly in recent years that veterinary nurses have many potential career paths available. One path many people in our field don’t realize veterinary nurses can take is teaching and writing curriculum, specifically in a college or university setting. This path greatly utilizes the skills and knowledge that veterinary nurses spend years perfecting and is also very rewarding.
Multimodal Analgesia for Periodontal Therapy
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.
Working to Cure Cancer in Animals
Veterinary oncology research strives to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in dogs, cats, and other species. Across the nation, veterinary schools and other institutions are conducting clinical studies on a variety of cancers, many of which hold promise for both animals and humans.
Regenerative Modalities Used for Pain Control
Each year in the U.S., an estimated 10 to 12 million dogs and cats experience the pain and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis. Regenerative medicine shows promise in stimulating healing and regeneration.
A Recipe for Disaster Response
When floods, fires, hurricanes, mudslides, and other natural disasters strike, chaos ensues. But within the chaos, there is a group of individuals who are organized, trained, and prepared to mobilize and bring order where there is complete turmoil, panic, and upheaval. Within the group of first responders, but often overlooked, are the veterinary response teams.
A Foreign Body That Is “Sew” Unusual
Foreign bodies within the spinal cord are uncommon, but when they occur the prognosis is often grave. Find out what happened to Leon, an 18-month-old Maltese, when he accidentally ingested a sewing needle.
Be a Lifeline for Someone at Risk for Suicide
Does your veterinary practice promote resources, hope and recovery for employees who are at risk for suicide? Our poll indicates that we could — and should — be doing more.
Long-Term Nursing Care of a Self-Mutilating Moluccan Cockatoo
The challenge? A Moluccan cockatoo named Chula who had been engaging in self-mutilating behavior and hated being restrained. Here’s how a veterinary team helped her recover.
ASPCA and the Arms of Angels
As veterinary nurses, we dedicate our lives to helping animals because we are animal welfare warriors. Together, all of us can create an environment to help these animals gain a better life—one they all deserve. Please consider volunteering at the ASPCA.
Providing Care for Dogs with Heatstroke
Because every second counts: A discussion of the physiology of normal thermoregulation and the pathophysiology of heatstroke in dogs; plus, how to recognize, treat, and care for the heatstroke patient.
The 3 Rs of Tick-Borne Diseases
The veterinary medical team must use effective communication and education to ensure clients understand the threat of tick-borne disease and the best preventive methods.
Illicit Drugs: What Veterinary Nurses Need to Know
Marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogenic mushrooms are five of the most common illicit drugs companion animals are exposed to. Here is everything you need to know about them.
Anesthesia for Geriatric Patients
Older patients may appear “healthy” for their age, but they often have multiple underlying organ dysfunctions that, when challenged by general anesthesia, can result in a cascade of detrimental events. This CE course will help you create an appropriate anesthesia plan for the geriatric patient.
Canine Digit Osteosarcoma Results in Toe Amputation
A dog’s digits are amputated for reasons ranging from osteomyelitis to benign masses to SCC and melanoma. Bella’s case was the author’s first experience with a diagnosis of digit osteosarcoma.
Guide to Managing Toxin Ingestion in Pet Patients
Companion animals are susceptible to several potentially life-threatening toxicants, ranging from human food and medication to animal medication, common plants, illicit drugs, routine household products, and more. Is your veterinary clinic prepared?
Morris Animal Foundation Awards $1 Million for New Studies Benefiting Canine and Feline Health
DENVER/January 24, 2019 – Worth more than a few happy barks and meows, Morris Animal Foundation announced it awarded nearly $1 million in grants for nine canine and feline research projects. The studies will help veterinary scientists improve the health and quality of life of cats and dogs suffering from deadly and debilitating diseases including …
The Veterinary Nurse Initiative Update
The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI), which seeks to unite the veterinary technician profession under a single veterinary nurse title, standardize credentialing requirements and define scope of practice, continues to make progress despite some challenges, including resistance from the human health nursing profession, say those who are leading the call for change. In June 2017, the …
Suicide in the Veterinary Profession: Warning Signs and Prevention Tips
Veterinarians in the U.S. are at an increased risk of suicide, a trend that has spanned more than three decades, according to a new CDC study, highlighting the need for veterinary professionals to recognize signs that a colleague may be at risk for suicide and to learn how to help them.
The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act Is Signed Into Law
Press Release from Urban Resource Institute and Nestle Purina PetCare (This story was updated on Jan. 4, 2019) A group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations lauded the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) after advocating for legislation to better protect domestic violence survivors by establishing the critical importance of protecting …
Yorkshire Terrier’s Leg Bones Regrown by UC Davis Surgeons Following a Severe Nonunion Fracture
How did veterinary surgeons manage to regrow a dog’s leg bones using bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)? It began with a jump off the couch for a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Ethel. Ethel broke both the ulna and radius in her right leg, and two previous surgeries had failed to properly heal them. MaryAnn Lawson, Ethel’s owner, …
Opioid Shortage: What’s a Veterinary Clinic to Do?
In the past, the veterinary profession may have relied more heavily on opioids and not used adjunct therapies to their full advantage. We need to rethink our strategy.
Preventive Care for Cats: Making the Case to Owners
Veterinary nurses can communicate with owners to pave the way for a lifelong healthcare plan for their cats.
Veterinary Nurses as Pain Management Advocates
As a veterinary nurse, you are in a position to recognize signs of pain in your patient and to make management recommendations.
Developing Your Role in Hospice and Palliative Care
Veterinary hospice focuses on palliative care for an animal who is terminally ill and support for the animal’s family members.
An Arizona Community Program Benefits Feral Cats and Veterinary Students
Midwestern University and We Care for Animals AZ are partnering in a trap-neuter-release program for feral cats. Every community has them: feral cats. They are generally fearful of people and are highly unsociable, making veterinary care extremely difficult. And the sheer number of feral cats in the U.S. makes the challenge even more daunting. Their …
Help Pet Owners Keep Their Pets Safe This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving can be a fun time for both humans and their pets, but it can also pose dangers, some of which your patients’ owners may not be considering. Now is a good time to share tips for keeping pets safe during this festive holiday. As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, Pet Sitters International emphasized the …
Have Dog, Will Travel
No question: dogs are on the move. Whether it’s a homeless dog being relocated following a major hurricane event, a canine companion accompanying his owner on vacation or a show dog traveling for competition or exhibition, road trips can be life-enhancing—or even lifesaving—for dogs.
Focus on Overweight and Obesity in Cats
When it comes to weight, cats are faring worse than their canine counterparts, with more than a 169% increase in overweight cats over the past 10 years, according to Banfield Pet Hospital.
Me-oww! Managing Chronic Feline Pain
Veterinary medicine has made great strides in the treatment of chronic pain in cats. The veterinary paradigm has shifted from questioning whether animals feel pain to recognizing and treating their pain.
Hematemesis, Abdominal Pain and Anemia in an Older Cat
Abnormal fatigue, lack of appetite, faster-than-normal pulse, weight loss, pale gums, and loss of energy are common symptoms of feline anemia.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis: What Your Clients Need to Know
Unless fleas or flea dirt (flea feces) are found on the pet, it may be difficult to convince owners that their pet may be dealing with FAD.
Giant Expectations: Nutrition for the Large-Breed Puppy
Diet selection and growth rate management are equally critical in preventing developmental orthopedic disease in growing large-breed dogs.