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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 …

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 …

Bridging the Gap Between Terminal Illness and Euthanasia

Don’t be afraid to discuss hospice and end-of-life options with clients. Owners are usually anxious and distressed when confronted with an aging pet and impending loss. The veterinary team can help these clients by asking about their expectations and fears as well as explaining the hospice process. It is important for owners to feel at peace when remembering the last few months of their pets’ lives.

Integrative Medicine: The Evidence, Economics, & Logistics of an Emerging Field

Veterinary clients are increasingly concerned about maximizing the health and wellness of their pets. An estimated $16 billion is spent annually on veterinary care for companion animals,1 and owners and veterinary insurers are pursuing therapies traditionally regarded as alternative and complementary. These therapies may also be increasingly recommended by the veterinary care team.

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 …

2015 State of Pet Health Report

Each year, Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com) compiles its State of Pet Health Report, which captures and analyzes medical data gathered from more than 8 million pet visits at its hospitals. However—in a departure from the traditional State of Pet Health Report format—this past year, Banfield looked outside the walls of its practices for insights on how pet owners feel about preventive care.