Starting Strong: Puppy and Kitten Nutrition
The average puppy or kitten enters its new home between 7 and 9 weeks of age. During the subsequent months, the veterinary team must impart a strong nutritional foundation to help to support the growth and development of the patient throughout this demanding period.
Ergonomics for Veterinary Dentistry Professionals and Patients
What is ergonomics and how does it relate to the practice of professional veterinary dentistry? The AVMA’s Ergonomics Task Force identified risk factors associated with common work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Common Upper Airway Conditions in Dogs and Cats
Upper respiratory conditions in companion animals are complex and require appropriate understanding in order to provide optimal prognosis. Patients with the upper airway conditions discussed in this article can have a good quality of life if the underlying condition is diagnosed and treated appropriately in the early stages of the disease.
Pain Management After Orthopedic Procedures
Managing patient recovery from orthopedic surgery presents clients, veterinarians, and veterinary nurses with a diverse set of challenges. This article provides insight into the process including patient discharge, medications, bandage care, home care, rehabilitation, and nutrition.
Become a Mentor and Step Up Your Leadership Game
MENTORING GOES BOTH WAYS Good mentors recognize that learning is a two-way street between the mentor and mentee. Leadership can be looked at many ways. I personally believe that being a leader in veterinary medicine means that you also have to be a mentor. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), mentoring is defined …
Understanding the Cat
Learning why cats act as they do and how to adjust handling and management techniques can make all the difference between a positive experience and a negative one in the veterinary examination room — for everyone involved.
Lead Toxicity: A Threat to Wildlife
An estimated 20 million animals, including more than 130 differing species throughout the food chain, die each year from lead poisoning, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The fundamental treatment for lead toxicity is chelation therapy.
Clinical Progress of Lingual Hemangiosarcoma in a Cat
This case report describes the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, and follow-up of a feline patient with an uncommon oral tumor. The favorable clinical outcome after single-agent doxorubicin chemotherapy and radiation showed that these modalities can be used to manage discomfort and tumor control, improving the quality of life of a patient with lingual hemangiosarcoma.
2018 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report
From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help …
Photobiomodulation Therapy: Healing at the Speed of Light
This article discusses some of the basics of photomodulation therapy (PBMT), such as the veterinary nurse’s role, dosing, promoting a fear-free environment, and integration into practice. Photobiomodulation therapy remains an evolving aspect of medicine. Because we now have powerful units using appropriate wavelengths, which enable clinically significant results, the next few years will eclipse use …
NAVTA 2018 Technician of the Year Award
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) presents annually the Veterinary Technician of the Year (TOY) Award to individuals who provide leadership to the profession and also contribute to the association’s goals and overall advancement in the field of veterinary nursing and technology. The award recipient is determined by reviewing leadership positions held …
The Best of the Best …
At the 2018 VMX Conference, three outstanding veterinary nurse leaders received the inaugural Dr. Earl Rippie Veterinary Technician Leadership Scholarship. Dr. Earl Rippie was a strong advocate for veterinary nurses and shared his enthusiasm with colleagues around the world. These veterinary nurses are leaders within our profession and were chosen for their contributions. I wanted …