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Editor’s Note
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 …

From the Field
How Swiss Cheese is Helping Banfield Help Pets

Marissa Rothenbaum, DVM, Senior Manager of Veterinary Quality Banfield Pet Hospital From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore …

Focus On
Ferret Distemper: What You Need to Know

Leonie Kondert, DVM Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia Distemper is an acute viral infectious disease with reported mortality rates in ferrets of 100%.1–5 Prevalence depends on the area, recent outbreaks have been documented in multiple countries.1,4 Since the invention of a vaccine against canine distemper virus (CDV) in the 1960s, the …

AHS Heartworm Hotline
Hitting the Road Heartworm-Free

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice, Shelter Medicine Practice) The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight …

Today’s Veterinary News
There’s Still Time to Register for Courses at Institute 2018!

NAVC Institute 2018 is right around the corner! Taking place May 20th-25th in Orlando, Florida, Institute 2018 offers veterinary practitioners the opportunity to amplify their skills with intensive learning. Choose from nine hands-on courses (including two Ultrasound courses) with focused curriculum and intimate class sizes that will help you achieve your professional and personal goals. …

Inside NAVC
VMX 2018: New Product Gallery

Featuring the latest products and services in the veterinary industry, the New Product Gallery was on full display at VMX 2018! Visitors to the gallery took advantage of the opportunity to view photos and descriptions of this year’s innovative products and services. The NAVC New Product Gallery selection committee, made up of industry veterinarians and …

Imaging Essentials
Ultrasonography of the Gastrointestinal Tract: Ileum, Cecum, Colon

Elizabeth Huynh, DVM Clifford R. Berry, DVM, DACVR University of Florida Welcome to our series of articles on small animal abdominal ultrasonography. The initial articles provided an overview of basic ultrasonography principles and a discussion about how to perform a systematic scan of the abdomen. The rest of the series discusses ultrasound evaluation of specific …

Finding Balance
Stress Management

Laura Baltodano, Owner of Lighthouse Pet Clinic Lehigh Acres, Florida Take action: Consider some daily stressors. Write down strategies to combat them when they arise. This will allow you to be prepared and implement them when the stressors occur. Set boundaries with those who cause you stress and distance yourself from negative influences. Strive to …

Editor’s Note
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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