VHMA webinars to look at hiring, pet insurance

Julie Poncier and John Volk will speak Dec. 6 and 14, respectively.

A certified veterinary practice manager and a pet health insurance expert will present separate webinars in December to members and non-members of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, SHRM-CP, the owner of Practice Moxie, will discuss “New Employee Orientation and Onboarding.” Her talk will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. […]

North Dakota practice owner dies in crash

Dr. Gerard Dahl, 75, was “a mentor to children and adults alike.”

North Dakota’s 2015 Veterinarian of the Year was killed Nov. 23 when his pickup was broadsided by a tractor-trailer rig near the town of Park River, according to published reports. Gerard Dahl, DVM, died at an intersection about four miles west of Park River Veterinary Clinic, the mixed animal practice he took over in 1996. […]

AAEP Foundation launches equine research fund

The estate of Dr. Michelle LeBlanc contributed a major portion of the initial endowment.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation will contribute to equine research through a new endowment fund seeded with $150,000 in initial contributions. More than half of the fund came from the estate of the late University of Florida equine reproduction specialist Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, DACT, who died in 2013. The fund, announced Nov. 18 […]

Werner, 7 others lauded at AAEP convention

Dr. Harry Werner is named a Distinguished Life Member. Drs. Amy Grice and Stuart Brown Werner receive the President’s Award.

Former president Harry Werner, VMD, has been honored for his three decades of service to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Werner, founding owner of Werner Equine in North Granby, Connecticut, received the 2017 Distinguished Life Member award Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the AAEP’s 63rd annual convention. Besides serving as president […]

UF’s Macpherson takes over as AAEP president

Three other veterinarians join the American Association of Equine Practitioners board of directors.

University of Florida Professor Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, DACT, has been installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, replacing R. Reynolds Cowles Jr., DVM. The changeover occurred Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the AAEP’s 63rd annual convention. Dr. Macpherson is a professor of large animal clinical sciences and former chief […]

Fear Free to roll out hospital certification

Ceva Animal Health veterinarians will play a key role in the campaign.

The Fear Free organization will begin certifying veterinary practices in April 2018 with the assistance of Ceva Animal Health. The Fear Free concept, which aims to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in veterinary patients, has certified individuals since March 2016. More than 20,000 veterinary professionals have enrolled in an online program that leads to Level […]

Vet school applications rise again in 2017

Students applied to nearly five DVM programs each, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The number of people applying to veterinary college has jumped for the third straight year amid a government prediction of rosy job opportunities in the veterinary industry through 2026. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges reported Nov. 21 that 7,507 individuals applied for admission to nearly 40 DVM programs through the Veterinary Medical College […]

Become an H.R. master

Registration opens for a six-month, VHMA-sponsored program.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association has launched registration for a Mastermind Group focused on advanced human resources skills. The 14-person group will convene online for 90 minutes on the second Thursday of the month from January to June 2018. Topics to be covered include compliance, recruiting, retention, performance management, compensation and human resource technology. Up […]

Video: What the Veterinary Nurse Initiative would do

Ken Yagi and Mark Cushing sound off on the nationwide effort.

What do you know about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative? And what don’t you know about it? Launched in May 2017, the nationwide initiative would replace “registered veterinary technician,” “certified veterinary technician” and similar titles with the one-size-fits-all label “veterinary nurse.” “It’s the standardizing of credentials, it’s about title protection, and [it’s about something] that the […]

Pet insurer educates about peanut butter risk

Crum & Forster provides a couple of informational tools for veterinary practices.

The provider of ASPCA pet health insurance is reminding pet owners — and veterinary teams — about the danger of feeding certain peanut butter to dogs. The artificial sweetener xylitol makes peanut butter more palatable to people, but it is potentially lethal to dogs. “If consumed by a dog, xylitol can cause a rapid drop […]

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