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The survey revealed that compared to the economic recession of a decade ago, “the equine industry has firmly stabilized.” Nancy S. Loving, DVM March 18, 2019 EquiManagement The American Horse Publications (AHP) conducted an online nationwide survey in 2018 sponsored by Zoetis. Over 9,000 responses were evaluated. The bulk of the respondents (70.5%) were over 45 years of age. Over half of all respondents reported that only one member of the household was involved with the horses; a third reported two household members had involvement with horses. Nearly 69% of respondents use their horses for...

From the physical exam down to questions asked by the client on social media—manage your veterinary records to prevent (or, worst case scenario, survive) state board inquiries. Mar 07, 2019 By Kyle Palmer, CVT DVM360 MAGAZINE Medical record management is a hot topic among equine practitioners. For some practitioners, specifically those who remember when medical records were simpler, proper note-keeping can be a burden and may even inspire resentment. But this is an issue of protecting yourself from the rightfully watchful eye of each state’s examining board and their commitment to ensuring proper care to patients....

Our 2019 Event Calendar is taking shape! Here are the latest updates: March 22-24, 2019 . Menlo Park, CA - Peninsula Equine: Anesthesia - Basic to Intermediate Friday evening - Welcome Reception Saturday & Sunday - Lectures and Anesthesia labs Saturday night - CE dinner May 10-11, 2019 . Irving, TX - Animal Imaging: Regional CE Event with Imaging focus DR/ US/ MRI/ along with modalities used in treatment August 8-10 . Marble Falls, TX - in conjunction with the TEVA Summer Symposium Tech sessions and labs August 16-18 . Lexington, KY...

American Horse Council, AAEP, USDA pledge to keep U.S. horse herd healthy in case of a disease outbreak. By Ed Kane, PhD DVM360 MAGAZINE Nearly a decade ago, the USDA approached the American Horse Council (AHC) with a question: If we have a disaster-level equine disease outbreak, what are you folks going to do about it? According to Cliff Williamson, current director of health and regulatory affairs for the AHC, before that meeting the horse industry had believed it was the federal government’s responsibility to manage biosecurity and protect U.S. herd health. But the more...

The US Department of Labor had recently released its updated statistics on our profession. States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. Full report with additional charts and graphics can be found HERE Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017 29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts....

Veterinary CE for our Veterinary Technicians & Assistants Interested in some large animal, ruminant, or equine veterinary online continuing education (CE)? You asked, so we answered. Check out our 2019 VETgirl online CE webinars for our mixed animal, equine, and ruminant veterinarians; we'll be adding more so make sure to check back. Our VETgirl CE credits are RACE-approved for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians; some are still pending RACE-approval.* Thanks to sponsorship from Merck Animal Health, some of them are free to all! If you’re a VETgirl ELITE member, you can get 100+ hours of RACE-approved, veterinary online continuing...

The United Horse Coalition (formerly known as The Unwanted Horse Coalition) is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the problem of the unwanted horse. OUR MISSION: The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), formed in 2006 to bring attention to the issue and challenges of unwanted horses, will be renamed and rebranded as the United Horse Coalition. The changes reflect the industry’s unity around the importance of aftercare and the progress and extensive resources that have come to fruition since the...

PET Imaging at UC Davis Continues Success Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning technology has now been in place at the UC Davis veterinary hospital for two years. In 2016, UC Davis became the first veterinary hospital in the world to implement an equine PET scanner, and has since added a volumetric PET/CT scanner in 2018. The program continues to expand its research and clinical applications with many exciting developments to improve equine health and performance. Read more BREAKING NEWS: UC Davis performs first ever PET scan on standing horse. CEM Quarantine Renovation The Center for Equine...

On January 30th the Bridge Club (NAVTA) held an online Q&A session regarding the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). Here are links to these discussions:  Part 1 & Part 2 They also wanted to include some key resources that were discussed, the two VNI studies as well as a great brochure that Charlotte Whack mentioned in the chat to promote veterinary technicians: http://veterinarynurse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/National-Credential-Survey-Results.pdf https://www.navta.net/page/Demographic_Survey They know there is a great deal of passion around this topic and many others in the profession. NAVTA's goal is to create a platform for people to connect, engage, learn and grow. If you...

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