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Evaluation of Commonly Used Products for Disinfecting Clipper Blades in Veterinary Practices: A Pilot Study (Original Study)

AbstractNosocomial infections are a concern of growing interest in veterinary medicine. Clipper blades have been confirmed as fomites for numerous potential pathogens and, as such, may be associated with wound and surgical site infections. The goal of this study was to evaluate the disinfectant capabilities of several commonly used clipper blade cleaning products. Seventy sterile clipper blades were inoculated with strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus...

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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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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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Staying Afloat

I had just spent the entire previous weekend preparing the hospital for an upcoming AAHA re-accreditation evaluation: going through files, repainting exam rooms, making sure the place was pristine. I walked out the door that Sunday night around 11:30, straightening pictures as I went. One week later, on Monday morning, March 30, 2015, I was on my way into work when I got the call. It was one of my staff saying, “Dr. Mitchell, there’s water running out of the back and front doors!” I got...

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Where Have All the Vet Techs Gone?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of veterinary technologists and technicians will increase 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. With many animal hospitals already struggling to fill staff vacancies for certified veterinary technicians, a major challenge facing practices is how to attract—and retain—qualified professionals. The article features interviews with the executive director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, a CVT...

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Marketing Behavior Services

Despite the growth in specialties such as animal behavior, there is still some resistance from both veterinary hospitals and pet owners, who sometimes feel silly seeking out treatment for what some still consider having a “bad dog.” So pet behavior specialists are doing more of what businesses have been doing since the beginning of a free market: actively marketing their services. Download the PDF of Marketing Behavior Services

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The Landscape of Suicide

Suicide. It’s discussed in hushed tones at professional gatherings, often linked to compassion fatigue, and heartbreaking when related to a colleague’s death. Throughout history, it has evoked multiple reactions—anger, sympathy, moral outrage, and, in some cultures, respect for a hero’s last act. Often, it has also been a conundrum, a puzzle that couldn’t be understood, anticipated, or prevented. But that’s not necessarily the case today. Our current understanding of the neurological...

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How Facebook Advertising Works (or Doesn't) for Veterinary Practices

It feels like only a short time ago that practice-facing social media articles and seminars were discussing the pros and cons of creating a business page on Facebook. “Con,” they would say, “you need someone to engage clients and monitor your page.” Then they would follow up with, “Pro, Facebook is free!” As someone who has given Facebook 101 classes to pet businesses for over 6 years—from “solopreneurs,” to animal hospitals, to billion-dollar corporations—the “free” label always seemed...

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