"Engaging with the members about GVMA and making sure it is what they want and is growing in the direction they want makes all the work worthwhile!" Dr. Jonathan Bentley and Dr. Elizabeth Mackey I’ve been a member of GVMA since veterinary school and have been involved in various committees and leadership, particularly in the last few years. Going into my presidency I thought I knew everything about GVMA. I was wrong! This year has put me working much more closely with the staff, and I am in awe with how much...

Dr. Eric Storey guides attendees through different suture techniques. VetSouth 2023: A Weekend of Learning, Inspiration, and Connecting This past weekend, we gathered for VetSouth 2023, and it was a record-breaking event in every sense! With 412 attendees from 24 different states, this year at Avalon really surpassed all expectations and solidified what makes VetSouth the South's premier veterinary conference. One of the standout features of this year's meeting was the emphasis on hands-on learning. The ultrasound wet labs, a favorite from last year, continued to be such a hit! Attendees had the...

Dynamic Duos: What fully utilizing technicians really looks like There is a lot of discourse right now on fully utilizing your technicians and assistants in practice. We're spotlighting Dr. Justin Toth and Jennifer Thacker to demonstrate just how practical it is to center your practice around empowering your technicians to exercise their hard-earned, specialized skill set. This often frees DVMs up to spend more time on things that really require their medical degree, and leaves your support staff feeling challenged, fulfilled, and valued. Dr. Toth, how has fully utilizing your technicians benefited...

Caring Hearts and Gentle Hands: A Tribute to Veterinary Technicians and Assistants Veterinary technicians are the backbone of this profession, and without them, none of this would really be possible. How do you plan on celebrating your technicians this week? How do you plan on making them feel valued and respected every day, and not just during this celebratory week? https://vimeo.com/871709453/2b7b1212bb?share=copy It is critical to understand that the success of your practices hinges on the collective performance of the entire veterinary care team. Amidst this team, an essential and sometimes overlooked role is...

Chemotherapy Safety for the Veterinary Patient and Personnel Esther Chon, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)echon@mvsvets.com Chemotherapy – also known as antineoplastic or cytotoxic drugs – include any drugthat inhibits or prevents the function of cells. These drugs are considered hazardous drugsaccording to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) becausethey are known or suspected to cause adverse health effects from exposure in theworkplace. For most chemotherapy drugs, the actions are not specific to tumor cells.Therefore, exposure of patients and others to these drugs can produce unwanted anddangerous effects. The utmost care must...

STAT ABDOMINAL SURGERIES IN RABBITS Lauren V Powers, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Practice)Avian and Exotic Pet ServiceCarolina Veterinary SpecialistsHuntersville, North Carolina INTRODUCTION The exotic companion mammal practitioner is occasionally presented with rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) that may require immediate surgical intervention for acute abdominal disease. Liver lobe torsion, intestinal obstruction, inguinal urinary bladder herniation, and endometrial venous aneurysm are some of the diseases that may warrant a rapid diagnosis and surgical intervention for a successful clinical outcome. CLINICAL PRESENTATION Rabbits with acute abdominal diseases often experience severe pain. Scoring systems for pain...

3 Most Popular Topics So Far We're always bringing new topics to VetSouth each year, but our attendees make it known which topics they find to be especially beneficial. With just a little more than a month until we are back at Avalon, here are the 3 trending topics of the weekend so far. View the full 2023 Program here. Soft Tissue Surgery - Friday with Penny J. Regier, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA Delve into the intricate world of stomach surgeries, including gastric dilatation and volvulus, get equipped with insights and techniques to navigate the challenges...

Feline Foraging Toys: How to implement, motivate, and stage the difficulty level Ingrid Johnson, CCBCFundamentally Feline, Atlanta, GA Having cats work for their food, just as they would if they were living outdoors is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked forms of environmental enrichment for indoor cats. The amount of time adult cats spend hunting varies based on sex, age, activity level, and nutritional needs but is, on average, about 30 percent of their day. Providing them with a bowl full of carbs, as most of us do, or feeding...

Are you in a crisis? Call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741 Talk Away The Dark According to Merck's Third Annual Wellbeing Study, The percentage of veterinarians with serious psychological distress has increased since 2019, due in large part directly or indirectly to the pandemic. Shortage of veterinarians – and especially of staff – have joined stress, suicide and student debt as the most critical issues facing the profession. Read the full study here. 3 Most Important Things Employers Can Do Foster a work climate that:Has a strong sense of teamworkCultivates a high degree of trustEncourages open...

Medicating Tips & Tricks: How to medicate cats positively! INGRID JOHNSON, CCBCFUNDAMENTALLY FELINEATLANTA, GA.   It can be done. Cats can be medicated! In fact, they can willingly take their meds, and even if they require “pilling,” it can be done in a way that keeps them coming back for more rather than running under the bed. Medicating cats can even be fun and positive (it’s true!).  The following will not only cover proper “pilling” techniques but also a wide variety of food rewards and tricks to get cats to accept their medications and...

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