NAVC Perspectives

NAVC Perspectives
There’s No Place Like Home

  Thomas M. Bohn, CAE NAVC Chief Executive Officer This year, the NAVC Conference welcomed tens of thousands of veterinary professionals from over 80 countries to its new home at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. And that was pretty exciting for all of us here at the NAVC. For the first time …

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The Importance of Home

Melinda Merck, DVM Veterinary Forensics Consulting, LLC, Austin, Texas As I sit here contemplating this column, I am struck by the amount of change we have seen in the past year. We have witnessed changes in many areas that affect our lives, including politically and socially—we may have been shocked, surprised, or expected the outcome. …

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Bringing Services to Conferences and Communities

It has now been almost five years since the NAVC became the North American Veterinary Community—changing the “C” in NAVC from Conference to Community.
This change was a deliberate effort to not only recognize and embrace the entire profession, but to bolster the NAVC’s evolution from…

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Honoring Dr. Earl Rippie

Earl H. Rippie, Jr, DVM, passed away on June 24, 2016, at the age of 74. A native of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and a resident of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Dr. Rippie served as the President of the NAVC from 1999 to 2000, and remained on the NAVC Board, serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 2007 to …

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Life is Good: Lessons Learned from a T-Shirt

  Laurel Kaddatz, DVM Pound Ridge Veterinary Center, Pound Ridge, New York As I write this column, I’m remembering the 2016 NAVC Conference—the valuable education sessions and the fun we had during those five days in January. One of the highlights for me and, perhaps for you, too, was the opening session with Life is …

NAVC Perspectives: Looking Forward, Looking Back
The Veterinary Technology Profession

Harold Davis, Jr, BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency & Critical Care) (Anesthesia & Analgesia) University of California–Davis If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. —Chinese proverb I recently returned from the 2016 NAVC (North American Veterinary Community) Conference where …

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The Nature of Our Profession

Paige Allen, MS, RVT Purdue University Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. —Albert Einstein My husband Darrell and I like to get down and dirty, in the very best way. A few years ago, we started a community garden on our church’s land. It was free to anyone who wanted …

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Cultivating Employee Motivation

Charlotte A. Lacroix, DVM, JD Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey Once employers understand what motivates employees, they can create a work environment that meets their basic employment needs and uses incentives to reward desirable work behavior. One of the greatest challenges involved in operating a successful veterinary practice is keeping staff motivated. …

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Embracing Tikkun Olam as Part of Your Life

Cheryl D. Good, DVM Dearborn Family Pet Care, Dearborn, Michigan, & Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter Taking care of animals, and giving back to my community, has been a part of my life since I was a young child. My parents instilled in me the value of tikkun olam, a Hebrew phrase that means … Protection Status