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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.

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NAVC Conference 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year
An Interview with Debra F. Horwitz

Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, Diplomate ACVB—the NAVC Conference 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year—has worked for over 30 years to help pet owners with their animals’ behavioral problems. As an American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) board-certified behavioral specialist, she is passionate about her calling as well as sharing her knowledge with others. In …

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

Since 2013, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA; and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC; 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 …

The Back Page: NAVC Expeditions
An Interview with Dr. Debby Butler

NAVC 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 …

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

Michelson Found Animals ( 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. …

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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 …

The Back Page: Spreading Good Cheer During This Charitable Time of Year

The Back Page has spotlighted a number of non-profits that serve to improve companion animal health, train animals as assistants and rescuers, and work to protect animals from abuse. In this issue’s column, we reintroduce you to some organizations you have met here before and share how you can help them spread good cheer this holiday … Protection Status