florida abuse pets law

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.

purebred dog genetic variations

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.

senate bill for tick-borne diseases

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

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.

federal animal abuse law

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.

online pain management course for veterinarians

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.

Clients Make Appointments with Banfield Vet Techs

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.

Veterinary Technician Week

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.

AHS heartworm symposium

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.

veterinary technician career

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.

ban on declawing cats

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.

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.

Dilated cardiomyopathy and grain-free diets

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 suicides

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 …

feline panleukopenia virus

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.

police help local shelter

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.

overweight cat

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.”

Microchipping Pets

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.

Konza Prairie

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.

veterinary nurse intiative

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.

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.

veterinary technicians task force

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.

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. …

PALS Place Play Area

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 … Protection Status