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The Opioid Crisis: A Veterinarian’s Action Plan

“We, as clinicians, are uniquely positioned to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic.”1 — Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General Last year, the opioid overdose epidemic was responsible for an estimated 30,000 human deaths in the United States.2 Much needed attention has been focused on this public health concern, which has started to affect …

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Information Overload

“True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” — Winston Churchill Daily use of the internet has become a way of life for many people, and with the advancement of technology and Internet of Things (IoT)1, our clients are increasingly equipped with health information before attending appointments. A 2016 …

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Editor’s Note Searching for Ethical Guidance

Veterinary ethics teaching and application in practice have changed considerably recently. When it was first taught, veterinary ethics dealt mostly with aspects of professionalism, with little focus on the ethical questions such as euthanasia decision-making. Ethics is now included in most veterinary curricula, not least because it is an expected Day-1 competency for veterinary graduates …

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The Challenges of “Youth”

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN University of Georgia “Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.”— Henry David Thoreau   In our profession, there are certainly many challenges …

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The Age of the Veterinary Nurse Has Arrived!
Part 2: Taking Charge

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN University of Georgia “ Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller   Last issue I discussed the topic of veterinary nurse initiative (VNI) and the proposed unification of credentialed titles, which hopefully will reduce confusion and improve the visibility …

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The Age of the Veterinary Nurse Has Arrived!
Part I: What’s in a Name?

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN University of Georgia “I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”1 — Florence Nightingale If anything prevents continued advancement of this professional body, it may be …

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The Foundation for a Cure?

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology) & DECVN University of Georgia “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” — Sir David Attenborough In September 2017, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) gathered veterinarians from around the globe to …

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The Foundation for a Cure?

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology) & DECVN University of Georgia “When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large, scientific method in most cases fails. One need only think of the weather, in which case the prediction even for a few days ahead is impossible.” — Albert …

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Paying for Moments of Certainty?

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology) & DECVN University of Georgia As the debate around human healthcare insurance currently dominates our lives in the United States, it’s worth asking relevant questions about insurance options for the pets we treat. As veterinary care continues to advance, so do the associated costs, which undoubtedly impact “best …

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