Compassion for self, compassion for others

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

We know that veterinarians are some of the most compassionate providers in all of healthcare.  But did you know that by cultivating more self-compassion, it can bolster your own mental health as well as help the compassionate way you work with your clients and patients? Washington Physician’s Health Program (WPHP) is hosting a one-day workshop in Seattle based on Stanford University’s 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training program. This workshop combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research. Through instruction,...

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Haven’t seen your clients lately?

  |   Practice Management, Uncategorized

According to a recent study of 5,000 U.S. companion animal veterinary practices, 53.4 percent of dogs and 58.6 percent of cats that have an established relationship with a veterinary practice have not seen their veterinarian for at least 18 months. How do you get them to come back to your practice? Partners for Healthy Pets has free online tools for AVMA and AAHA members that will help you reach out to your clients so they’ll come in to see you....

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“How Much Do You Charge to Declaw a Cat?”

  |   Animal Welfare, Uncategorized

The practice of surgically declawing cats has become a controversial topic. Veterinarians are faced with clients that threaten relinquishment or abandonment of cats if the surgery is not performed.  An opposing viewpoint is offered by an increasing number of anti-declawing activists that feel the procedure causes mutilation of the cat and is inhumane.  These activists, passionate about their cause, have become very aggressive toward veterinary hospitals that provide declawing services. In August, 2015 the AMVF’s “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” contest was abruptly...

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New resource available on Brucella canis prevention

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program has published a new resource entitled Best Practices for Brucella canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities.  Brucella canis is a reproductive disease caused by an intracellular bacterium often found in breeding kennels. The organism is zoonotic and can infect humans but is currently underreported. The document is available on USDA’s Animal Care Web site under Guidance Documents.  Please share this with your colleagues and other local partners who may...

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week November 16 – 22, 2015 and access important new resource

  |   Animal Health, One Health, Uncategorized

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (Get Smart Week) is an annual observance intended to engage relevant stakeholders, including professional societies, advocacy groups, for-profit companies, state and local health departments, the general public, the media and others around antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient, inpatient and animal health settings. This year, Get Smart Week will be observed November 16-22, 2015. Get Smart Week coincides with the European Union’s Antibiotic Awareness Day (Nov. 18) and the World Health Organization’s first World Antibiotic Awareness...

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