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Editor’s Note

Is This the Golden Age of Veterinary Medicine?

Veterinarians make meaningful contributions to enrich the lives of animals and fellow human beings, despite all the challenges and concerns that we address in our daily lives and the state of the world around us.

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Challenges of “Youth”

In our profession, there are certainly many challenges that we often face on our own. I have shared before about our collective responsibility to help each other through the darkest days that we may face. And as much as it falls upon us all to look out for those who may be feeling the pressures …

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

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 of nurses. However, improving the profile of veterinary nursing does nothing for our vital team members if we don’t seize this moment to implement their much-needed roles as …

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

If anything prevents continued advancement of this professional body, it may be the confusion over why there are so many different titles. If this confuses us, then how does it affect our patients’ owners’ acceptance and recognition, an integral component in improving our retention of veterinary technicians? I will focus on where we are, and …

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 …

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 …