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Cancer Vaccine Clinical Trial

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.

An increase in pet care spending is the primary source of employment growth of veterinary occupations

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.

CAPC Top 10 Cities Heartworm Report

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.

Veterinary Nurse Initiative

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 …

Hydrotherapy for Animals

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 …

Veterinarian Opioid Shortage

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 Treatment for Heart Arrhythmias in Dogs

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. …

stressed veterinary technician/nurse

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 …

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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 …

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.

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,” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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