Lynne E. Johnson Receives MSU Alumni Award
Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine hosts a yearly Achievements Award ceremony to recognize the milestones of its community, which includes the Distinguished Veterinary Technology Alumni Award. Lynne Elizabeth Johnson, former editor-in-chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse, is the 2021 recipient.
Appalachian State Plans 4-Year Online LVT Program in Partnership With Banfield
Appalachian State University will offer a 4-year licensed veterinary technician (LVT) online degree program, starting in 2022.
The 2021 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!
Study: Fear Free Helps Improve the Bottom Line of Practices
In addition to 10% growth in number of patients per practice, Fear Free Certified Practices saw a 16% increase in revenue per practice and 8% increase in total invoice value after two years, according to a recent study.
Support for Veterinary Professionals When a Colleague Has Died by Suicide
Throughout September, the nation recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to help inform people about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. “After A Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces” provides guidance in the event of a death by suicide of an employee within a veterinary practice, hospital, or veterinary organization.
Merck Animal Health Supports Rabies Elimination by 2030 on World Rabies Day
In partnership with Mission Rabies and Rabies Free Africa, Merck Animal Health’s social media initiative recognizes and celebrates those individuals who are committed to protecting and saving canine as well as human lives, using the hashtag, #ForThemForUs.
Worm Wars Campaign Launched by Boehringer Ingelheim
After seeing nearly 60,000 dogs get on heartworm preventives for the first time during its Heartworm 2020 challenge, Boehringer Ingelheim is teaming up with veterinary teams to fight roundworms and hookworms, too.
Free Digital Event Offers Telemedicine Tools for Veterinary Nurses
The Veterinary Virtual Care Summit, scheduled for Aug. 18, aims to improve telehealth offerings for veterinary professionals through free CE and experiential opportunities.
Meet the 2020 Rippie Scholarship Winners
The Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship recognizes veterinary nurses who have demonstrated leadership skills and made a positive impact on the profession. We congratulate the 2020 scholarship winners.
Coronavirus False Alarm for Pet Pug Highlights Importance of Confirmatory Testing
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.
Making Veterinary Care for Birds Fear Free
All patients should be comfortable when in the clinic. This certification program from Fear Free can teach veterinary nurses—the main handlers of the patients—how to properly handle avian species.
Virtual Graduation Ceremony Scheduled to Celebrate Veterinary Nurses
With in-person graduation ceremonies canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the veterinary community hopes to fill the void with a May 24 virtual commencement.
AVMA Names Dr. Robin Downing Recipient of 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Dr. Robin Downing was named recipient of the 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. Read more about her career accomplishments.
Stress Busters for Dogs and Cats During Quarantine
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.
How to Handle the Influx of New Pet Adoptions During COVID-19
Pet fostering and adoption are surging in many communities across the country—what does this mean for veterinary practices in a COVID-19 world?
How to Help Pet Owners Stay Calm About Coronavirus-Positive Cats
With reports of pets testing positive for the coronavirus, pet owners will have questions. Here’s how to answer them.
American Heartworm Society Offers COVID-19 Guidelines
The AHS issued new recommendations to help veterinarians deliver care during the coronavirus pandemic.
What Veterinary Teams Need to Know About Ivermectin and COVID-19
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.
Be a Leader for Your Team During the Coronavirus Crisis
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.
Lions, Tigers, Domestic Cats, and COVID-19: How Do We Educate Pet Owners?
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, 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?
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.
Coronavirus Basics Q&A with Editor-in-Chief Kara Burns
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.
In-Home Veterinary Pet Hospice Network Launches Nationwide Teleadvice Service
The spread of COVID-19 and the alarm it has caused pet owners has led to increased discussions about veterinary telehealth. Lap of Love veterinarians are now available for teleadvice appointments via phone or Skype, whichever the pet parent prefers.
Veterinary Clinics Take Measures to Protect Staff and Clients
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.
Why Sanitization Is Crucial in Combatting the Coronavirus in Veterinary Hospitals
The new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, can remain viable on surfaces for days, emphasizing the importance of sanitization in veterinary hospitals and clinics.
AVMA Urges Conservation of PPE
The new AVMA guidelines for use of PPE when demand exceeds supply during the COVID-19 pandemic address questions about how to do that while still protecting personnel.
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: Calm Anxious Pet Owners
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.
A Look at COVID-19 From Our Editor in Chief
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.
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.
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.
Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies – Letter to Healthcare Providers
The U.S. FDA recognizes that the need for personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, gowns, and suits, may outpace the supply available to healthcare organizations during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
Approximately 140 Dogs Rescued in Large-Scale Alleged Neglect Situation in Dixie County, Florida
Approximately 140 dogs were rescued in late February from a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida.
ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance Celebrates 10 Million Cats and Dogs Sterilized Nationwide
Nearly 200 partner clinics across the country have been trained in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter practices at ASPCA facility.
WSAVA and World Animal Protection Partner to Improve the Lives of Dogs
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and World Animal Protection have engaged in a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see them working together to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and promote animal welfare education globally.
Kindred Biosciences Unveils Results from Study of its Monoclonal Antibody for Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs
Kindred Biosciences, Inc. today unveiled positive results from its randomized, placebo-controlled laboratory pilot study of KIND-032, a fully caninized monoclonal antibody targeting interleukin-4 receptor (IL-4R), for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs.
Newly Proposed Florida Law Protecting Pets from Abuse Has Gained Bipartisan Support
A proposed law strengthening protection against cruelty for dogs and cats has been introduced and is gaining bilateral support in the Florida House and Senate. HB 621 Animal Cruelty, or Allie’s Law, provides guidelines regarding when a veterinarian or member of a veterinary medical facility is required to report signs of suspected animal cruelty to law enforcement or animal control.
WSAVA and Mission Rabies Join Forces on Rabies Prevention
WSAVA and Mission Rabies have teamed up to eliminate dog bite-transmitted rabies.
Poll: Does Your Practice Owner or Manager Promote Continuing Education?
The results of our recent Facebook poll that asked whether your practice owner or manager promote continuing education for the staff closely aligns with 2016 NAVTA findings that asked the same question. Of 274 TVN respondents, 66% responded “yes.” That’s encouraging.
Poll: Do You Participate in Veterinary Volunteer Work?
We asked “Do you participate in volunteer work?” in a recent Facebook poll. More than 300 Facebook fans responded and they were nearly evenly split — 50.5% said “yes” and 49.5% said “no.”
Study: Purebred Dogs Can Exhibit Unusual Traits
Research from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine shows that some breeds of dogs have hidden coat colors – and in some cases, other traits – that have been there all along. The researchers hope that their findings change some perspectives when it comes to what is to be expected with certain purebred dogs.
Bill to Combat Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases Advances
Nationwide, tick-borne diseases have risen exponentially from approximately 30,000 cases in 2003 to an estimated 450,000 last year. If passed into law, the Kay Hagan Tick Act would improve research, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for tick-borne diseases.
Multicultural Pet Owners Are a Growing Segment
Pets now live in 67 million U.S. households, and multicultural pet owners are a key reason why, according to a report by Packaged Facts. Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans are an influential and growing segment among owners of dogs, cats, and other pets.
U.S. Senate Passes Bill Making Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime
The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act two weeks after the House passed it on a voice vote. If signed into law, it would make the torture of animals a federal felony punishable by fines and up to seven years in prison. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump.
Study Shows Positive Impact of Fear Free Certification in Veterinary Practices
Veterinary practices show stronger performance across major industry KPIs after implementing Fear Free techniques, according to a two-year-long study outlined in a special report entitled “The Positive Impact of Fear Free Certification.”
AAFP Releases Updated Feline Zoonoses Guidelines
The AAFP aims to provide accurate information about feline zoonotic diseases to owners, physicians, and veterinarians with these guidelines.
“Pet Parents” Are Shaking Up $75 Billion Pet Industry, New Data Shows
Orlando-based advertising agency Bigeye released its 2019 Pet Industry Study, which reveals how “pet parenting” is reshaping the landscape for the consumer packaged goods and retail industries.
Poll: Have You Ever Suspected a Pet Owner of Animal Abuse?
Sadly, more than 400 of our Facebook fans said they suspected a pet owner of animal abuse. Congress hopes to change that with new legislation that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.
Poll: Are You Being Asked About CBD Products in Your Practice?
We asked our Facebook fans: Have you been asked by pet owners about cannabinoid treatments for their pets? At issue is whether veterinary professionals can recommend and dispense these products and treatments for their patients.
Prescribing Oral Opioids for Dogs Likely Doesn’t Help Them
Sending ailing dogs home with oral opioids may not be an effective way to manage their pain, experts report in a free, online continuing education program recently developed for veterinarians. In light of growing evidence that such drugs don’t work well in dogs – added to the fact that humans sometimes abuse opioids prescribed for pets – the common practice of prescribing oral opioids for dogs in pain should be reexamined, the experts say.
Help Owners Identify Early Signs of Osteoarthritis in Their Dogs
Canine OsteoArthritis Staging Tool (COAST) is a tool for staging the impact of osteoarthritis on dogs. Since COAST depends on owner assessments, in addition to veterinarian clinical assessments, Elanco says COAST can help educate owners about osteoarthritis.
Banfield Clients Can Make Vet Tech Appointments
Banfield plans to roll out technician appointments at about 300 of the company’s 1,050 hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico. Banfield expects to complete 30,000 credentialed veterinary technician appointments by the end of the year.
It’s Time to Celebrate Veterinary Technician Week!
National Veterinary Technician Week — celebrated this year Oct. 13-19 — provides an opportunity to recognize the contributions of veterinary technicians. To celebrate, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is offering an online toolkit.
Heroes to America’s Animals: Meet the Winners of the 2019 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, Presented by Zoetis
Search for America’s top veterinary professionals featured hundreds of nominees and tens of thousands of votes from the American public; Top American Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse will be part of national TV broadcast on Hallmark Channel on October 21st.
New AI-Driven Diagnostic Tool Can Predict Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats Two Years Before Onset
Antech Diagnostics, part of Mars Petcare, released a new diagnostic tool called RenalTech that was developed using artificial intelligence to analyze pet medical record data to predict whether a cat will develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) up to two years before traditional clinical diagnosis.
New Insights and News Shared at 16th Triennial Heartworm Symposium
From presentations on heartworm prevalence and pathology to sharing the latest research on heartworm diagnostics, prevention and treatment protocols, the 2019 American Heartworm Society (AHS) Triennial Symposium covered an unprecedented range of topics in its mission to better understand heartworm disease and reduce its impact.
Poll: Are You Planning to Advance or Change Your Career?
When we asked our Facebook fans whether they were planning to advance or change their career, the results — 65% said “yes” and 35% said “no” — weren’t surprising. But the question touched a nerve — of the 764 voters, 158 let us know what’s wrong with the profession.
Poll: Should the U.S. Ban Cat Declawing?
We asked our readers and Facebook fans: “New York has banned declawing procedures for cats. What do you think about this?” More than 2,000 respondents weighed in on the issue.
World Animal Day — 5 Facts You Didn’t Know
The first World Animal Day, held in 1925, was attended by 5,000 people. Today, it is a global movement celebrated by animal-rights activists in more than 70 countries.
Supporting Emotional and Mental Health in the Veterinary Profession
Recognizing the signs of mental and emotional health problems in yourself and co-workers, as well learning how to alleviate them, could greatly aid in increased wellbeing and productivity.
This Is Your Celebration!
Fall is almost upon us and with it comes numerous awareness weeks and months in the veterinary world, including National Veterinary Technician Week.
Veterinarians: Blue-Green “Algae” — Cyanobacteria — Is Toxic For Dogs
When cyanobacteria oxygenated Earth’s atmosphere over 2 billion years ago they helped create an environment that enabled the evolution of animal life. Today, they produce toxins that are lethal to dogs.
Poll: Grain-Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy
There has been a lot of confusion, misinformation and conversation in the past year about the risk of heart disease in dogs due to being fed grain-free diets. What do we know — and not know? Nearly 600 Facebook fans responded to our poll.
Veterinary Suicide Rates Are Higher, Including Veterinary Technicians
Every year in the U.S., more than 45,000 people take their own lives. There are an estimated six or more “suicide survivors” — people who’ve lost someone they care about deeply and are left with their grief and struggle to understand why it happened — for every one of these deaths, according to Harvard Women’s …
Kitten Encased in Spray Foam and Left to Die in a Garbage Can Has Been Adopted
Sadly, some animals have a rougher start in life than others. That’s the case for the Oregon kitten who has been named Lucky McFoamy. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Lucky was encased in spray foam and left to die in a trash can. Happily, this story has a happy ending.
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.
Poll: Are Cat Owners Less Conscientious About Bringing Their Cats In for Preventive Care?
According to our Facebook poll for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, 91% of veterinary nurses thought cat owners were less likely to bring their cats into the vet for preventive care.
Georgia Animal Shelter Forced to Euthanize 26 Cats Due to Rare Virus
Foster and rescue homes can be used for quarantine of cats exposed to the feline panleukopenia virus, say veterinarians, but when facilities or staff are insufficient and off-site options are not possible, euthanasia of infected animals may ultimately save lives by preventing continued spread.
Indiana Police Department Lets Parking Scofflaws Pay Tickets in Cat Food
“If you have a $25 parking ticket, you can bring up to $25 worth of cat food or litter to the Clerk’s Office, and you can get your parking ticket to go away with the exchange of the donation,” the police department in Muncie, Indiana, told drivers with multiple parking tickets. The initiative was a huge success.
Zoetis: August Is Itchy Pet Awareness Month
August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month. Zoetis has launched a website to raise awareness about pet skin health needs and created a toolkit for veterinary professionals to use as a conversation-starter with pet owners.
Study: How Cats’ Weights Change Over Time
“The monitoring of body weight is an important indicator of health in both humans and animals,” says one of the study authors. “It’s a data point that is commonly collected at each medical appointment, is simple to monitor at home, and is an easy point of entry into data-driven animal wellness.”
Poll: Are the Majority of Your Pet Patients Microchipped?
Aug. 15th — Check the Chip Day — is a great time to encourage pet owners to check and update their pets’ microchip registration information. Microchips are effective for identifying lost pets and reuniting them with their families, but it won’t work unless the microchip registration is correct. – or if the chip has never been registered at all.
Veterinarians, Physicians Explore Links Between Animal and Human Health
“Our goal is to leverage the skills of veterinary specialists and bring them into research teams, helping physicians and PhD researchers see that many of the diseases they study also occur in animals, and what veterinarians know about these diseases in animals can help advance treatment in people,” says Lauren Trepanier, professor and assistant dean for clinical and translational research at UW-Madison.
Alabama K9 Dies After Being Exposed to Synthetic Marijuana During Contraband Search
An Alabama prison K9 that fell seriously ill after coming into contact with synthetic marijuana during a contraband raid at a state prison died two days later after developing pneumonia. Jake will be buried with full honors this week.
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.
Encourage Shelter Adoption of Cats 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.
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, …
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
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has added animal welfare to its library of Global Guidelines.
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 …
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 …
NAVC Announces Strategic Alliance With UBM Animal Care
NAVC and UBM will deliver an expanded conference experience in San Diego that includes veterinary professionals, pet retailers and pet owners Orlando, FL, February 3 — The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is excited to announce a strategic alliance with UBM Animal Care that will create a new conference experience in December 2018-Vet+Pet West, a paradigm-shifting …
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.
Press Release: Purina Launches Dry Urinary Diet Formula for Dogs
ST. LOUIS, MO— Veterinarians now have an alternative when managing canine urinary patients that prefer a dry diet. Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets is introducing dry UR Urinary® Ox/St™ Canine Formula as an additional dietary option for managing struvite or calcium oxalate bladder stones in dogs. Role of diet in urolith management “Urinary issues are …