Milo, Puppy Born with Upside Down Paws, Celebrates 6 Months Post-Surgery
Milo, an 8-month-old Coonhound from Luther, Oklahoma, was born with upside down front paws. Thanks to the veterinary team at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, he can now lead a normal and active life.
Can the Veterinary Community Help Homeless People Take Care of Their Pets?
Yes, we can. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 3.5 million Americans are homeless. Five to 10 percent of homeless people have dogs and/or cats. Here’s how we can help.
Into the Prairie To Find Ticks
If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who you gonna call? The tickbusters. I am among the veterinary journalists who have gathered in Manhattan, Kansas, to attend KSU’s Tick Camp, a veterinary media event sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.
Poll: Do You Support the Veterinary Nurse Initiative?
The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) has gained quite a bit of momentum since being formed by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) in 2016. It’s no secret that many veterinary nurses feel they are underutilized, underpaid, burned out, and underappreciated. There is also great frustration by the lack of professional standardization and regulation.
It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Helping Cats that Are in Pain
Acute and chronic pain in cats can be hard to identify by both owners and the veterinary team. Read the article for some tips on recognizing feline pain.
Redfin and Trupanion Name the 25 Most Cat-Friendly Cities of 2019
Want to ensure you can buy a feline-friendly home? Check out this list of the top cities for cat-friendly housing from Trupanion and Redfin.
Veterinarians Build Lego Wheelchair for Turtle Missing Both Back Legs
LSU veterinarians built a special wheelchair for Pedro, an adult male box turtle missing both back legs. “He is a pretty happy camper after all he went through,” says his owner.
Louisiana Tech Hosts Animal Responder Boot Camp
First responders are vital in natural disasters, even for beloved pets and animals. Read about how Louisiana Tech University’s School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry Animal Disaster Program is raising awareness and preparedness around this important issue.
Save the Date for ICAHN 2019!
The 2019 International Conference on Animal Health Nutraceuticals is quickly approaching. Register now to learn about nutritional supplementation for companion animals and how emerging research in nutritional science will impact animal health and wellness in the years to come.
Veterinary Professionals Explore Forming a Union
A small grassroots movement of veterinary staff personnel, including associate veterinarians, formed the National Veterinarian Professionals Union (NVPU) in 2018. The NVPU seeks to draw attention to the plight of overworked, underpaid veterinary staff.
During Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Encourage Adoption and Routine Veterinary Care
The veterinary community can encourage clients to adopt cats from shelters and also educate them about the importance of regular veterinary care for their feline pets.
AVMA Creates Task Force to Look at Better Using Vet Techs
The AVMA Board of Directors will seek to develop a plan to improve veterinary technician utilization. The group will take into account the importance of financial and career sustainability, effective task delegation, and the well-being of both veterinary technicians and practices.
Garbage Collector Rescues Kitten Encased in Spray Foam in Trash
A kitten that was found encased in hardened spray foam is expected to make a full recovery after being rescued from a garbage can by an Oregon sanitation worker, authorities said.
Grant Will Support Pet Care, Veterinary Student Training in Southwest Alaska
A new grant will allow students from Colorado State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to assist with veterinary care in remote Southwest Alaska communities.
Poll: Do Veterinary Nurses Get Adequate Training Opportunities at Their Practice?
We asked our Facebook users, ”Do you feel the training opportunities offered at your veterinary practice or hospital are adequate?“ 76% answered ”no“ and just 24% said ”yes.“
Teddy Bear Clinic: Veterinary Center Stitches Up Stuffed Animals
Soldiers with the Fort Carson Veterinary Center put their suturing skills to good use as they patched up stuffed animals in need of a little tender loving care.
Clinical Trial Tests Universal Vaccine Against Canine Cancer
The Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study will evaluate a vaccine strategy for the prevention of cancer in dogs. Much like an influenza vaccine bolsters the body’s readiness to fight the flu, this preventative vaccine follows the same principle, “to have the immune system primed such that if a cancer cell develops, it will attack,” says David Vail, a professor and board-certified oncologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
Homemade Cat Food Diets Could Be Risky
While fresh and homemade diets have become increasingly popular among pet owners, veterinarians warn that they could leave your pet lacking essential nutrients.
In Memoriam: Louise O’Dwyer, President of AVECCTN (Feb. 7, 1974 – May 5, 2019)
The AVECCTN has announced the sudden death of its president, Louise O’Dwyer. Louise was the first veterinary nurse from the UK to be elected president of AVECCTN.
Zoetis Becomes First Human-Animal Bond Certified Company
Taking advantage of the NAVC’s Human-Animal Bond Certification program, Zoetis has become the first Human-Animal Bond Certified Company.
Outdoor Cats Are More Likely to Have Parasitic Infections
Researchers found that house cats that roam outdoors were more likely to pick up diseases than indoor cats.
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation Donates $150,000 to Southeastern Guide Dogs
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has donated $150,000 to Southeastern Guide Dogs which will increase placements of guide and companion dogs with visually impaired teenagers, children, and families of fallen service members, as well as benefit child advocate professionals in courtrooms.
Wisdom Health to Launch 2020 Pet Census
Alongside the 2020 U.S. Census, Wisdom Health will be conducting its own Pet Census in order to learn more about the nation’s dog and cat population.
ARS Announces Toxoplasmosis Research Review, Discontinues Research with Cats
Good news for cat lovers: The USDA is no longer using kittens in parasite research. The USDA had a research project where kittens were purposely infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. The organism causes toxoplasmosis, which officials call a leading cause of death from food-borne illness.
The AHS Guidelines: 2018 Updates, Guidance on Prevention, Testing and Treatment
The American Heartworm Society has recently updated their heartworm prevention guidelines to include heartworm prevention, testing and treatment, and heartworm epidemiology and biology.
Strange Bedfellows: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements and Hypothyroidism Both Linked to Decreased Risk of T-zone Lymphoma in Dogs
Dogs that receive omega-3 fatty acid supplements or have hypothyroidism may be less likely to develop T-zone lymphoma (TZL), according to researchers at Colorado State University, who studied associations of environment and health history of the disease among golden retrievers.
Why Veterinary Jobs Are Expected to Grow 19% by 2026
A growing, aging pet population and more advanced pet treatment care options are the major factors driving increased spending on pets. In turn, this increase in pet care spending is the primary source of employment growth of veterinary occupations, projected to nearly triple the average growth through 2026.
February 2019 Top 10 Cities Heartworm Report From CAPC
The CAPC’s monthly reports summarize the metro areas across the United States that experienced the greatest percentage increase in positive heartworm disease tests during the month. In February, Salt Lake City, Utah, was number one on the list.
Honoring the Best: Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Awards
This year’s recipients of the the Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship were presented at VMX 2019 in Orlando.
CAPC Parasite Flash Card App: Learn About Parasites in Dogs, Cats and Other Small Mammals
The Veterinary Internal Parasite Flash Card App is designed to help strengthen the veterinary team’s skills in the microscopic identification of fecal parasites in veterinary clinic settings.
Top 10 Cities Heartworm Report from CAPC
The CAPC monthly report alerts veterinary professionals and pet owners about the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest percentage increase in positive heartworm tests.
Key Genes for Mucosal Melanoma in Humans, Dogs and Horses Might Help Target New Cancer Therapies
Scientists find key genes for mucosal melanoma in humans, dogs and horses, which could help target new cancer therapies.
Veterinary Professionals at Risk due to Hazardous Chemotherapy Drugs
Veterinary professionals have higher exposure to chemotherapy drugs than counterparts in human medicine because they are not taking proper precautions, say researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC wants to change that.
Veterinarians Collaborate to Save the Eye of a Rare Okapi Calf
University of Florida veterinarians performed a keratectomy to correct a rare eye abnormality in an endangered okapi calf.
California Bans Commercially Bred Dogs and Cats
When Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 485 into law, California became the first state to ban commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits. The law has stirred controversy.
Indiana Bill to Change Veterinary Technician Titles Headed to Full Senate
A bill authored by Indiana state senator Jean Leising to change the job title for veterinary technicians passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture by a bipartisan vote of 8 to 1.
Heartworm 2020 Aims to Boost Number of Protected Dogs
The Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health campaign, announced at the 2019 VMX conference in Orlando, Fla., aims to increase the number of dogs receiving heartworm prevention in 2019.
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 …
Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholars Announced
Meet the three extraordinary veterinary nurses who were awarded Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarships at VMX 2019.
Nominate a 2019 Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse
Nominations are now being accepted for the 6th annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, presented by Zoetis Petcare.
Mast Cell Tumor that Causes Skin Cancer in Dogs Breakthrough?
Could the results of a unique new study that looked at mast cell tumors — which cause a common skin cancer in dogs — lead to drugs that could someday cure the disease?
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 …
Pet Rehabilitation Center Expands Hydrotherapy Program
Hydrotherapy is beneficial for dogs suffering from arthritic pain or recovering from surgery. That’s because water therapy allows a dog to exercise comfortably while minimizing discomfort. One Los Angeles facility, Two Hands Four Paws, has just expanded its water therapy options for patients by adding a third water treadmill and installing a full-size pool. Two …
FDA, Pfizer Work to Alleviate Shortage of Injectable Opioids at Veterinary Clinics
In September 2018, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) became aware that veterinarians that had relied on these products for pain control in their patients were no longer able to obtain them through their standard distribution channels, due to a recent shortage of injectable opioids and to Pfizer’s decision to restrict distribution of such …
New Technique Treats Life-Threatening Heart Arrhythmias in Dogs
Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers have developed a new treatment for dogs with a rare, but life-threatening, arrhythmia caused by atrioventricular accessory pathways (APs). The minimally invasive technique, which uses radio frequencies, is modified from a human cardiology procedure and has a more than 95 percent success rate in treating dogs with this type of arrhythmia. …
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. As Melanie Codi noted …
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 …
APPA Report: Americans Spent $69.5 Billion on Their Pets in 2017
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) released its latest figures on pet spending, with overall spending in the pet industry at $69.51 billion in 2017, an all-time high, the association reported. This is up 4 percent from the $66.75 billion realized in 2016. About a quarter of the total spent—$17 billion—went to veterinary care. APPA’s …
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, …
Editor’s Letter: The Future Looks Bright
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.
NAVTA Corner: The Value of VTS Credentials
The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging was recognized by NAVTA as the 16th veterinary technician specialty. The new academy will now be on its path to certifying Veterinary Technician Specialists in Diagnostic Imaging as experts in their specialty field.
Zoetis Announces Winners of the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse Awards
Earlier this month, Zoetis announced the winners of the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse Awards. The awards, sponsored by Zoetis®, recognized Dr. David Chico, VMD, MPH of Albany, New York, and Tammy Boland of Oceanport, New Jersey, as the Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse, respectively. Commenting on the awards, J. Michael McFarland, …
WSAVA Issues Companion Animal Welfare Guidelines
Via Today’s Veterinary Business: The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has added animal welfare to its library of Global Guidelines. The document, released Sept. 25 at the organization’s World Congress in Singapore, aims to “bridge differing perceptions of welfare around the world” and help veterinarians “tackle the ethical questions and moral issues which impact welfare,” …
FDA Approves NexGard® (afoxolaner) for the Prevention of Infections That Cause Lyme Disease in Dogs
Via Boehringer Ingelheim Press Release DULUTH, Ga. (August 21, 2018) – Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, received approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the label claims for NexGard (afoxolaner). The flea and tick control product is now approved to prevent Borrelia burgdorferi infections as a direct result of NexGard …
First Sea Lion Treated for Cancer with Advanced Radiation
Thanks to an effective three-fold partnership between the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) and PetCure Oncology, a Sea Lion has a new lease on life. Zookeepers discovered a few months ago that Zoey, a a 23-year old California sea lion, had been afflicted with an aggressive type of cancer …
Veterinary Groups Push for Standardizing Licensing
Via Today’s Veterinary Business: Four veterinary associations have issued a joint statement that calls for standardizing and improving the licensing of veterinarians and veterinary technicians. “Together, these efforts will help protect the public from individuals who may fail to follow veterinary regulations or ethics in a way that endangers public health or animal patients,” according …
New Tools to Support Patient Safety in Anesthesia
Banfield Pet Hospital’s new veterinary program helps ensure anesthesia care is safe, effective, and efficient.
Diagnostic Imaging Veterinary Technician Specialty Recognized by NAVTA
Via NAVTA Press Release: The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) announces the sixteenth veterinary technician specialty academy to the veterinary technology profession. The AVTDI is comprised of veterinary technicians dedicated to performing a higher level of veterinary Diagnostic Imaging modalities such as: digital radiographs, fluoroscopic special procedures, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, and …
Report From CDC: Salmonella Outbreak May Include Pet Food
26 states are looking for answers in the wake of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. The CDC has reported that 90 people in total have been afflicted by the disease. According to USA Today, “The CDC said the strain is linked to raw turkey products from multiple sources, including dog food containing raw …
Compassion-First Drives Career Growth for Non-Credentialed Veterinary Technicians and Assistants
In early August, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced the launch of an educational development program called the Compassion-First Technician and Assistant Development Program. To bolster the effectiveness of the program, Compassion-First partnered with two AVMA Accredited Veterinary Technician programs, Penn Foster College and Cedar Valley College. These programs will provide educational options and tuition assistance for …
The 2020 Case Report Challenge!
Today’s Veterinary Nurse is thrilled to partner with Zoetis™ to bring you the 2020 Case Report Challenge! Participants will have the opportunity to win a trip to VMX 2021, including registration, hotel and airfare!
Nominees Announced for the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards
The nomination period for the fifth annual American Humane Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards officially closed earlier this month. The awards honor the heroes who dedicate their lives to making a difference in animals’ lives through delivery of outstanding veterinary care. More than 200 nominations were submitted by the public, and the panel of judges voted …
Banfield Foundation Kicks Off Pet-Disaster Preparedness Efforts
According to a survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital® in 2018, 91% of pet owners are not prepared for the next natural disaster. This alarming statistic served as the catalyst for Banfield’s creation of a disaster preparedness campaign to help pet owners prepare for “the unexpected, yet inevitable.” According to a company press release, beginning …
Banfield Pet Hospital Unveils New Anesthesia Program
Earlier this month, Banfield Pet Hospital introduced the newest edition of its anesthetic and pain management guidelines and protocols: Anesthesia and Analgesia for the Veterinary Practitioner: Canine and Feline. This edition is a continuation of 15 years of work, during which time Banfield has made its Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner publication available online to …
Tennessee Lawmakers Consider ‘Veterinary Nurse’ Bill
In a legislative report, Tennessee State Representative Pat Marsh shared his thoughts on a recent piece of legislation concerning the change of the veterinary technician title to veterinary nurse. His commentary is as follows: “We had a very interesting piece of legislation in our Ag Committee meeting that would change the name of the veterinary …
NAVC And HABRI Launch Human-Animal Bond Veterinary Certification
The NAVC and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) at VMX 2018 (Orlando, FL) announced the launch of an online certificate program in the human-animal bond, piquing the interest of practicing veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and practice managers. The new program will offer veterinary professionals the unique opportunity to learn more about “research backing the …
Study Illustrates Impact Of Animal Health Industry
There are nearly 10 billion food and companion animals in the United States. The protection and improvement of these animals’ health makes up the job description of over 1 million individuals. Further, this industry generates billions of dollars in revenue and taxes. The benefits of the animal health industry extend beyond dollars and cents. Playing …
The Human-Animal Bond: Service Dogs Proven To Be Allies In Battle Against PTSD Symptoms
PTSD-afflicted veterans searching for a solution find solace through the human-animal bond. This inspirational video is a telling example of the many advantages attributed to the human-animal bond. Pet owners often go the extra mile to ensure their four-legged friends are given the means to experience the life they deserve. However, the relationship between pet …
Nurse Initiative Gains Early Victory In Ohio
Today’s Veterinary Business reports: Ohio is vying to become the first state to make “veterinary nurse” the official title of veterinary technicians. The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on April 11 voted 14-1 in favor of a bill that has the wide support of the U.S. veterinary profession. The legislation now goes to the …
Mars Petcare Announces The Launch Of Pet Insight Project
During the NAVC and Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Innovation Summit, the company announced the launch of Pet Insight Project, which it describes as “A pioneering mission to collect and interpret the health stories of hundreds of thousands of dogs to improve the lives of pets everywhere.” The project will span three years, with researchers collecting …
The NAVC Announces NAVTA President Kara Burns as New Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse
Earlier this month, the NAVC announced the hiring of Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry) as the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse. Burns currently serves as President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), an organization that is leading the charge on the Veterinary …
Honoring the Best: The Dr. Earl Rippie Scholarship
A letter from the editor, Lynne Johnson-Harris
Veterinary Nurse Initiative: A Call to Action
The Veterinary Nurse Initiative is building momentum to create one title with set standards across the United States in 2018.
Get Ready, Here It Comes!
A letter from the editor, Lynne Johnson-Harris