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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”

  “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 that we often face on our own. I have shared before …

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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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Global Problems, Personal Fulfillment

“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 attend a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, which included an educational bonanza with …

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The Foundation for a Cure?

“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 Einstein Is predicting the success of therapy for a specific veterinary disease …

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Paying for Moments of Certainty?

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 possible care” options. Pets are legally considered to be the property of …

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The Doctor Will See You Now

We may fear the future that technology can bring into our daily lives, but what is already here is probably around to stay. It’s been roughly 40 years since telemedicine was introduced into human healthcare, and for many purposes, its exponential progress has been embraced and accepted. Its role in veterinary medicine has been slower to…

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Grief: The Secret Among Us?

“Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” —William Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood As veterinarians, we deal with more “client”-related grief than many other professionals. The death of a pet …

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