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Therapy With a Bite: Leeches offer promise to veterinary medicine

DONALD AND ANGELA DEMPSEY’S GERMAN SHEPHERD, BARON, was only 11 months old when he was diagnosed in 2012 with a skin lesion caused by a cutaneous pythiosis infection over his left hip. At that point, Angela Dempsey said, “We just wanted any treatments possible to heal Baron.” So when Baron’s veterinary team suggested leech therapy, the Florida-based couple didn’t hesitate to agree. After surgeries, medication, and therapies—including leech and hyperbaric chamber treatment—Baron is...

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Getting Around

Mobile veterinarian practices are continuing to grow, but the newly established practices rarely look like a fully mobile hospital. Most new mobile veterinarians more resemble doctors who made house calls in the early 20th century, carrying little more than a bag to their appointments. This old-school way of treating patients meets the modern reality of high veterinarian school debt and the rising costs of establishing a full service hospital while also allowing veterinarians to establish a...

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The Healing Power of Pets

Existing and emerging scientific data about the human-animal bond is changing the role of companion animals in society, which is creating opportunities for veterinarians – as well as heightened responsibility. Experts interviewed include Alan Beck, Sc.D., director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine; Edward Creagan, MD, FAAHPM, of Mayo Clinic; Steven Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI)...

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State of the Industry 2016

The most successful practices grow no matter where they are located or how the economy looks. And from research conducted by AAHA and IDEXX Laboratories for the 2016 State of the Industry Report, many are doing quite well, thank you.In fact, on average, active patients grew 2.6 percent, visits grew 3.2 percent, and overall practice revenue grew 6.4 percent in 2015. Canine and feline visits and clinic revenue from those visits also rose over 2014. That trend in canine visits remains positive,...

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Tender Mercies

Veterinarians are increasingly focusing on ways to offer quality end-of-life care for pets. For instance, membership in the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) has grown from 25 members in 2008 to nearly 400 members in early 2016. Practices report success offering at-home hospice care and euthanasia, pet loss support groups, and classes for senior dogs to increase mobility, as well as exploring alternative modalities like acupuncture, e-stim, and laser...

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Not Just Phoning It In

A 2016 member survey by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) found nearly half of respondents spend some or all of their time telecommuting. This article interviews veterinary professionals about the pros and cons of working remotely, and shares tips for effectively doing so. Download the PDF of Not Just Phoning It In

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A Breed Apart: 10 Strategies For Defining Your Brand

The process of defining your brand is important for a new practice that is crafting its mission and vision. It’s also relevant for the practice in the midst of change, such as during a merger or following a decision to offer on a new service. It is also a process that can be useful to assessing how well you are aligned with your existing mission and vision. Has your culture “slipped” away from its promises? This article outlines 10 strategies you can use to define your brand.Download the PDF...

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Equipment Errors

Don’t just assume that your practice’s in-house lab tests are being performed at an acceptable standard. Insufficient oversight, lack of needed skills, inattention to detail, and absence of a quality control program and standard operating procedures can lead to inaccurate diagnoses, incorrect treatments, and worse. Download the PDF of Equipment Errors

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Off the Charts

It’s clear that providing dental care can lead to improved health for the animal, a better rapport and relationship with the client, and a potential for increased revenue for the practice. Practicing methodical, comprehensive dental charting is an excellent way to provide that care. Download the PDF of Off the Charts

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When Cyberbullies Attack

Cyberbullying is a serious issue that affects a wide range of businesses, including animal hospitals. A 2014 AVMA survey found one in five veterinarians has been the victim or knows a victim of a cyberbully attack in the workplace. The article features interviews with representatives of AAHA and AVMA, a crisis manager and veterinarians who survived severe cyberbullying.  Download the PDF of When Cyberbullies Attack

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