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The Importance of Microchipping and the ISO Standard

A microchip is one of the best ways to ensure that lost pets will be returned to their owners. Veterinary professionals should emphasize that while collars with up-to-date ID tags help clients get their pets back, collars and tags can be easily removed or lost, so the microchip may make the difference when it comes to finding lost animals.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center – An Interview with Tina Wismer

In this issue, we had a chance to talk to the Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), Tina Wismer, DVM, Diplomate ABVT & ABT. She is not only responsible for overseeing medical recommendations made by the veterinary staff, but is also highly involved in lecturing, making media appearances, and writing, as …

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America – An Interview with Julie Legred, CVT

Since 2013, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA; navta.net) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC; navc.com) have partnered to emphasize the critical role veterinary technicians play in animal health care. Facilitating this partnership is NAVTA Executive Director Julie Legred, CVT, who also fills the shoes of Senior Manager of Veterinary Technician Programs for NAVC. Here she …

NAVC Expeditions – An Interview with Dr. Debby Butler

NAVC Expeditions (navc.com/expeditions) offers veterinary professionals the opportunity to travel deep into some of the most intriguing destinations—from the jungles of Brazil to the ice caps of Antarctica—to study exotic native species and learn cutting-edge veterinary techniques from around the world. Leading veterinary experts guide the excursions, which are each limited to a small number …

A Conference Focused on Doing More to Save Lives – An Interview with Aimee Gilbreath

Michelson Found Animals (foundanimals.org) is a privately funded, nonprofit organization that works alongside the animal wellbeing community to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that advance the safety of animals in our homes, our shelters, and everywhere in between. These practical solutions include responsible adoption initiatives, low-cost spay and neuter programs, and pet identification. …

Best Veterinary Care for Veterans’ Service Dogs: An Interview with Gina Jackson

In January 2014, The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), in conjunction with pet medical coverage provider Trupanion, launched the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program. After a Veteran enrolls in the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program, the program allows U.S. Veterans with certified service dogs unlimited access to veterinary care, and enables Trupanion to pay 100% …

An Eye Toward Service Animals: An Interview With Dr. Brady Beale

The ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Event—now in its 7th year—takes place annually every May. This philanthropic effort provides free screening ocular examinations, performed by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, to qualified service animals. These veterinary professionals donate their time, staff, and services in order to assist these animals …

Partnering for Pets’ Preventive Health Care: An Interview With Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro

Partners for Healthy Pets, a collaboration of more than 106 industry organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, is working to ensure pets receive preventive health care through regular veterinary visits. Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVECC, is a spokesperson for the campaign as well as an emergency and …