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Hope: The Shot in the Arm We Need
It’s been a tough year for the veterinary profession. But we persevered. We learned new skills, pivoted practice protocols, and we’re coming out on the other side.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Areas of Needed Focus in Veterinary Medicine
Coming to terms with your implicit bias and privilege is difficult. That doesn’t mean it isn’t important in creating a more inclusive workplace and profession. The veterinary profession is recognizing this effort and making strides to address DEI.
Empowering Clients to Address Behavior Concerns
Because behavior issues can negatively impact the human-animal bond, it’s important to discuss and address them as early as possible.
Nutrition and Behavior Therapy for Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
The underlying cause of FIC is unknown and presentation and clinical signs vary widely. Working with owners to appropriately structure the environment for their cat(s) and providing feeding guidelines to support urinary health and ideal body weight will, at a minimum, increase the cat’s wellbeing.
Giardiasis in Cats
Giardia protozoa are quite hardy. Prevention and client education is key to keeping a cat happy and healthy.
The Future of Veterinary Nursing
Telehealth will be a major part of veterinary medicine moving forward, and many of these capabilities are a part of the everyday routine for many veterinary nurses already.
Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex
Veterinary nurses play a key role in helping clients separate facts from fiction in regard to CIRDC as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Blood Transfusions in Anemic Dogs and Cats
Successfully providing blood transfusions for anemic patients requires knowledge of how to support the patient during the procedure, blood product selection, administration of the blood transfusion, how to prevent complications, and more.
Bilateral Otitis Media Causing Atlanto-Occipital Joint Infection and Neurologic Signs
This case report exhibits a cat pawing at his head and hiding in the home. Imaging and cytology revealed an infection in the AO joint.
The Veterinary Nurse’s Role in Reading Blood Gases
Knowing when and how to draw blood gas samples, as well as how to interpret the results, is critical to good patient care.
How to Collect and Prepare Samples for the Laboratory
By researching and staying current with test requirements, veterinary nurses are instrumental in communicating preliminary preparation with clients and discussing with the veterinary team ways to reduce erroneous test results.
Nutrition Coach Certification: Helping Pets Live Long, Vibrant Lives
Nutrition is becoming increasingly important to both veterinary professionals and owners. Becoming certified and establishing yourself as the point of contact to clients will ensure optimal results.
Working With Service Dogs
Taking into consideration the many nuances of service dog ownership could ensure better veterinary care to these working animals and less stress on the owners.
Back to Basics
Don’t mistake technical skill for medical knowledge. If you build a solid base of both understanding and skill, you will soon enough be the one setting the example.