February 9, 2018

Stressful Stats: Findings of Veterinary Wellbeing Study Spark Hope, Worry

Veterinarians 45 years old and younger were more likely to experience serious psychological distress, and only 27 percent of those would recommend the veterinary profession to others. Those were among the notable findings of a comprehensive veterinary wellbeing study presented at the 2018 Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) in Orlando, Fla., on February 6, 2018. The online survey of 3,540 veterinarians, designed to measure the prevalence of mental illness and stress in the veterinary field and compare the findings to those of prior studies and the U.S. public, was a collaboration between Merck Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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February 1, 2018

How Fear Free Certifications Instantly Create Marketing Opportunities Inside and Outside Your Practice

In today’s competitive veterinary industry, many different certifications can set a practice apart: Cat Friendly Practice, American Animal Hospital Association accreditation, and American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, to name just a few. Fear Free has one distinguishing benefit, however: it’s that everyone on your staff can participate and become invested. Each team member can demonstrate this initiative, implement strategies, and market why this makes your practice different with every client interaction, every day.
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January 19, 2018

Study: How Parents May Be Increasing the Risk of Their Child Being Bitten by the Family Dog

When it comes to interactions between children and dogs, experts and parents or other caregivers don’t see eye to eye. In a study published in the July-August 2016 issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, researchers examined the reasons children are frequently bitten by the family dog
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January 9, 2018

Fear Free Failure? Not A Chance. Here’s Why

You heard about the Fear Free initiative, and now you have become certified. You have an amazing number of tools at your disposal, and you have headed to work fired up with a passion to make this change! And then….
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December 21, 2017

Study: Effects of Trazodone Compared to Acepromazine in Anesthetic Induction

Acepromazine is frequently used for pre-medication before veterinary visits and surgery. While it offers sedation, it doesn’t offer any substantial anxiety relief. The authors of a study published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association investigated the use of trazodone instead of acepromazine as an oral pre-medication.
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December 3, 2017

Is Fear Free the Only Way to Compassionate Veterinary Practice?

Is Fear Free Certification right for every veterinary professional and practice? It’s hard for me to answer that with anything other than a resounding “Yes!” Not only do I constantly see Fear Free change the lives of animals, allowing them to receive the care they need and deserve without fear, anxiety, and stress, but I believe it holds the answer to many of the most difficult challenges facing our profession today. I believe Fear Free is the right tool at the right time to shift our profession into a whole new era.
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November 21, 2017

Healing Our Wounds as We Heal Theirs: A Veterinarian Gives Thanks

Since I published the story of my personal struggle with depression and a family history of suicide—including my father, who killed himself with a shotgun in Veterinary Economics last year, I’ve heard from hundreds upon hundreds of my fellow veterinary professionals who have faced the same struggles. As Thanksgiving and the holiday season draw near, I can’t help but think of all of us in veterinary medicine who are feeling anything but thankful, and are overwhelmed not with feelings of good cheer, but of darkest depression.
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November 6, 2017

Study: Gabapentin Reduces Stress in Cats Before Veterinary Visits

Cats can suffer from severe fear and stress when being transported to the veterinarian or while being examined once there. New research indicates that use of the medication gabapentin can significantly reduce signs of stress and increase compliance with the veterinary exam.
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