Sunday, March 7 from 12-4pm
by Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP
Stress is associated with a lot of aspects of veterinary practice, and is often associated with uncertainty. This can be especially true when working with cats. Cats are stressed, clients are stressed, and it can be stressful on members of the clinic team as well. Understanding the experience from the cat’s point of view helps us make decisions that reduce the stress. Uncertainty also contributes to worries around end of life decisions. Knowing how to assess quality of life to make difficult decisions is important for patient, client and personal well-being
The Feline Friendly Practice:
Tools for Providing the Best Medical Care and Getting Cats (Back) Into the Practice
While most cats come into our practices when they are first adopted, many don’t return until they become sick. Why? Cats don’t like coming to the clinic, clients don’t like bringing them in to the clinic and, sometimes, we don’t like seeing them.
Home Care & End of Life Issues
In this presentation, we’ll investigate helping clients provide home care for the purposes of comfort and avoidance of the side-effects of their companion’s illness. What are some tools for making the objective assessments of quality of life more understandable? How do we know when a patient is “suffering”? When is the “right time” to assist the ending of a life? And, how do we, as healthcare providers, cope with this?
Dr. Margie Scherk graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1982. In 1986 she opened Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, practicing there until 2008. Dr. Scherk became board certified in feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1995, recertifying in 2004 and 2014. She founded the Feline Medicine folder on VIN in 1994. An active international speaker and past-president of the AAFP, Dr. Scherk has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers and is the Co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.