Today’s Veterinary News
Check out the Tech Champions!The maker of HEARTGARD Plus is continuing its Tech Champions program in 2017 with events and education sessions for veterinary technicians focused on flea and tick control, dental health, heartworm disease prevention, and intestinal parasite treatment. Now in its third year, the Tech Champions program was formed by the maker of HEARTGARD Plus and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to demonstrate commitment to and appreciation for veterinary technicians. Tech Champions are a coalition of selected veterinary technicians who serve as a rotating council of advocates for preventive health for pets, traveling to conferences and Tech Fest events around the country to reach as many veterinarians, technicians, and related professionals as possible. ■ Discover more at heartgardclinic.com/education.
Looking For LeadersDo you know a veterinary technician or veterinary nurse with a talent for leadership who would like to attend the 2018 VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference) on a leadership scholarship? Here’s their chance! Last year, the NAVC said a final farewell to Dr. Earl H. Rippie, Jr, former past president and secretary–treasurer, and a champion of veterinary technicians. He believed that veterinary technicians bring unparalleled value to the health and well-being of animals. The new Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Technician Leadership Scholarship honors Dr. Rippie’s memory and his appreciation for veterinary technicians. ■ For more information visit navc.com/scholarships. The deadline is July 1, 2017.
■ For more information, call 1-800-MIDMARK or visit midmarkanimalhealth.com.
Check out the Pet Effect CampaignZoetis has launched the Pet Effect campaign, which aims to raise awareness about how pets make people healthier and how, by extension, veterinary professionals are key contributors to human and public health. Zoetis has partnered with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) to publicize this research. The numerous health benefits of pet ownership include lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, stress reduction, and decreased rates of anxiety and depression. Research also shows that being exposed to pets can help prevent allergies in children and build immunity. The campaign features humorous videos, smart social media posts, and other assets that veterinarians can share with their clients to explain the health benefits of the human–animal bond. ■ To learn more about The Pet Effect and download the campaign materials to share with others, visit ThePetEffect.org/veterinarian.