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Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What to Do?
Substance abuse in veterinary medicine has become a widespread problem and has repercussions in the abuser’s personal and professional life, as well as staff, patients, and clients in the workplace.
Critical Thinking in Veterinary Trauma Care
Trauma is a common event in veterinary hospitals and can result from a number of sources. Not every trauma patient is the same and the veterinary nursing team must be ready to anticipate patient changes and treatment orders. This quick and accurate response requires critical thinking skills.
The Art of Teaching in Higher Education
Veterinary medicine has evolved so vastly in recent years that veterinary nurses have many potential career paths available. One path many people in our field don’t realize veterinary nurses can take is teaching and writing curriculum, specifically in a college or university setting. This path greatly utilizes the skills and knowledge that veterinary nurses spend years perfecting and is also very rewarding.
Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome: An Overview
Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) is a permanently blinding disease that occurs suddenly. It is one of the leading causes of incurable canine vision loss diagnosed by veterinary ophthalmologists.
Supportive Feeding Methods for Small Animals
The nutritional goal with all sick companion animals is that they consume the designated diet in sufficient quantities. Many patients may require, or benefit from, a veterinary therapeutic diet, but your initial goal is to ensure that the patient is receiving its daily caloric requirement from a nutritionally balanced diet.
An ECG Through the Eye?
This case report describes an abnormal electroretinogram (ERG) obtained from a patient with a pacemaker and a diagnosis of sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS). SARDS is one of the most frustrating ocular diseases seen in veterinary medicine.
Multimodal Analgesia for Periodontal Therapy
Treatment of periodontal disease in all veterinary patients is prudent, and the use of analgesia, including general anesthesia, is essential to the comprehensive treatment plan.
Working to Cure Cancer in Animals
Veterinary oncology research strives to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in dogs, cats, and other species. Across the nation, veterinary schools and other institutions are conducting clinical studies on a variety of cancers, many of which hold promise for both animals and humans.
Osteoarthritis: When Age Is Not to Blame
As veterinary professionals, we know all too well that the signs of osteoarthritis (OA) can be missed or misinterpreted by pet owners. Many times, the subtler clinical signs associated with osteoarthritis are thought to be normal age-related changes. Because this leads to underdiagnosis of OA, we focused Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2019 State of Pet Health® Report on osteoarthritis, including how the condition is linked to excess weight.
Dentistry Education for Patients and Practices
Oral disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in dogs and cats, yet 80% of companion animals do not receive dental care at the veterinary hospital. Read more on how to incorporate dental care inside and out of the hospital.
A Focus on Utilization
There has been a significant amount of focus on veterinary technician utilization—or rather, underutilization—as an issue within our profession.
Grain-Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy
As niche pet food markets continue to grow, veterinarians are worried they could cause more problems than they could help.
The Magic of New Beginnings
Self-reflection can provide lessons, insights, and clarity for the future. As you begin 2020, take time to reflect on the prior year. Was it everything you expected? What challenges are you facing? Are you satisfied and fulfilled in your professional journey? Or do you want a change?