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New Zealand vet erases ‘parenting’ comment

A New Zealand veterinarian looking for an internal medicine resident edited a help-wanted advertisement that stated the position would not suit “someone who plans to take long periods of time off for parenting.” Clinic owner Mark Robson, BVSc, DACVIM, deleted the offending line on the New Zealand Veterinary Association jobs web page. Left in place […]

Panacea feature enables Facebook appointments

Users of the cloud-based practice management system Panacea can accept real-time online bookings through their clinic website and Facebook page. “Over 50 percent of vet clients surveyed indicated that they would book more appointments with their vet if it was more convenient to do so,” the New Zealand company stated.

Florida hospital workers volunteer at SPCA shelter

A veterinary team from Day and Evening Pet Hospital and Surgical Center in Palm Harbor, Florida, assisted for a day at the financially distressed SPCA Suncoast shelter, Fox 13 reported. Dozens of dogs and cats received everything from sterilizations and vaccinations to microchips and other veterinary care.

300 eye doctors team up to screen service animals

About 7,450 animals, ranging from dogs and cats to horses and alpacas, were screened during the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ 10th annual National Service Animal Eye Exam Event. A record 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico donated their time and equipment. The event was sponsored by Stokes Pharmacy.

Sikka permits vets to talk their way through records

“Alexa, open my practice” is the command that awakens Sikka Software’s new Practice Assistant. Paired with the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot smart speakers, Practice Assistant permits veterinarians to access and track key practice data, according to the San Jose, California, company. The product, part of Sikka’s Platform Cloud, is compatible with nearly all practice […]

Vet’s student loan debt over half-million dollars

If you think your student loan debt was crazy, check out what Pennsylvania veterinarian Alyssa Savage still owes: $517,000, she told the host of the WNYC podcast “Death, Sex and Money.” It wasn’t all tuition costs for the 37-year-old Royal Veterinary College graduate. She also attributed her sky-high debt to a divorce while she was […]

Pennsylvania shields vets who report animal abuse

Pennsylvania’s governor signed a bill that grants civil immunity to veterinary professionals who report suspected animal cruelty in good faith. “This should end any legal concerns [veterinarians] may have when spotting an abused animal,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Keller. The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association applauded the action.

Another vet clinic closes in northwest New Mexico

New Mexico’s San Juan County and its 123,000 residents lost their third veterinary clinic in three years, leaving the 5,538-square-mile area with a handful of hospitals. One owner, Shayna Whitaker, DVM, told the Farmington Daily Times that northwest New Mexico and its low-income towns take some getting used to. “You have to have another reason […]

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