Lifestyle Vaccine Podcast Series: Should these vaccines be considered core in your practice?

Alice M. Wolf, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM, Stephen Maschmedt, DVM & Adam Birkenheuer, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

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Vaccinations remain a critical part of today’s veterinary practice, however, it can be challenging to educate clients on the importance of vaccinating their pet against a range of diseases that they perceive to be uncommon, not life-threatening or zoonotic. In this podcast series, we’ll hear from three thought leaders on key infectious diseases. They’ll discuss the facts you need to know to determine the vaccination protocol that is right for your patient, along with practical tips to optimize client education and compliance.


Episode 1: Feline Leukemia
In this first podcast episode of the Lifestyle Vaccine Podcast Series, we’re looking to answer the questions, “Which cats are truly at risk for Feline Leukemia virus?” and “Which test is best for diagnosing Feline Leukemia?” Alice M. Wolf, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM will provide her recommendations and guidance for an effective Feline Leukemia prevention program. We’ll also discuss the pathology, transmission and clinical signs of Feline Leukemia, and we’ll conclude our talk with a discussion on interpreting diagnostic tools and recommended vaccination protocols.

Episode 2: Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is one of the most significant zoonoses in the world and is more widespread in our canine population than many think. In this podcast, Dr. Stephen Maschmedt will discuss Leptospira, the bacterial cause of Leptospirosis, and the various serovars that can be found here in North America. Then we’ll explore the pathogenesis, prevalence, diagnosis and clinical signs of Leptospirosis. Finally, we’ll conclude our talk with a brief history of Leptospirosis vaccines.

Episode 3: Borrelia burgdorferi
In this third podcast in our series on vaccination, Adam Birkenheuer, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, will discuss Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, and his practical approach to client communication. We’ll also explore the disease transmission and pathogenesis, as well as epidemiology.

Created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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