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Editor’s Note

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Time’s Up? Not Yet

Female veterinarians are still lagging behind their male peers in terms of pay, and men still outnumber women in more senior roles, despite a female majority across the profession as a whole.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Editor’s Note: R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania “We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human …

Editor’s Note: Betrayal of Trust

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania Cruelty happens. Veterinarians see it every day. Often it’s a result of ignorance or neglect. It can be masked as sport, “training,” agriculture, or discovery. And sometimes there is no excuse. WHEN IS IT CRUELTY? The bow-and-arrow shooting of a …

Editor’s Note: Hospital Zone

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC and ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania After a busy Saturday, I finally sat down for a moment with a Bombay Sapphire and tonic, and my whippet, Tristan, jumped up on the sofa to curl up next to me. Then my heart sank when I spotted some …

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