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Editor’s Note

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 …

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…

Grief: The Secret Among Us?

As veterinarians, we deal with more “client”-related grief than many other professionals. The death of a pet means the loss of a source of love, of a living being to care for, and of contact with a component of our natural world. While the grief suffered by pet owners after a pet dies is recognized …

One Health—How Does It Help Veterinary Medicine?

“ Our essential connection with animals is ancient, and it runs deep. It extends from body to behavior, from psychology to society—forming the basis of our daily journey of survival. This calls for physicians and patients to think beyond the human bedside to barnyards, jungles, oceans, and skies. Because the fate of our world’s health …

Life Without Hope

Nearly 20% of the veterinary profession—3 times the U.S. national average—has considered suicide since leaving veterinary school.

The Written Word – Spreading Ideas & Changing Lives

As you can see, I have decided to begin my first editorial with the words of another. There’s so much to say, yet so little that comes to the fore when tasked to write something meaningful. This has always been a challenge for me and remains so right now when allowed to document my thoughts …

What Would Lesley Do?

Writing this is hard. How do you find the words to fully describe an amazing person like Lesley? How do you capture what she did for all her readers as the editor in chief for Today’s Veterinary Practice? In memory of Lesley, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, one of her former students at University of Pennsylvania, now a boarded emergency and critical care veterinarian himself, posted a photo of a bracelet inscribed “WWLD” on Facebook. The caption reads: WWLD (What Would Lesley Do?)…

Innovation & Opportunity

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania As one of the staff at Today’s Veterinary Practice, I’ve been privileged to be part of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) for more than a year now. As I reflect on that association, I must tell you that I …

Unsung Heroes

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania It was with great excitement that NAVC recently introduced its newest official journal: Today’s Veterinary Technician. Like Today’s Veterinary Practice, this journal presents peer-reviewed articles, focusing on continuing education and career development for veterinary technicians. I am thrilled to acknowledge …