October 2016

  • Detox your workplace environment using these simple tips
  • Recognize and alleviate signs of stress when canine patients visit the practice
  • Characterize GI signs and identify next steps with this handy GI history checklist
Table of Contents October 2016

Personal Finance: Control What You Can Control

The financial outlook can be overwhelming for veterinary professionals, but focusing on the factors you can control and starting to invest now, no matter how small the amount, can have a big impact on your future financial health.

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Quiz: Common Abbreviations Used in Prescriptions

Prescription writing can look like another language. Review the common acronyms and abbreviations used when prescribing medications.

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Quiz: Facial Expressions

Facial expressions provide insight into a client’s emotional reaction, creating an opportunity for connection, clear communication, and ongoing retention. Quiz yourself on these common emotions encountered in practice.

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Veterinary Career Paths in Federal Government

The US government offers a number of veterinary careers outside of clinical practice. What are these opportunities for veterinary professionals?

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Veterinary Nursing in Action

NAVTA is working toward a national unifying credential for veterinary technicians, along with a title change to veterinary nurse. Learn about the proposed changes and view the current regulations in your state using this interactive map.

Top 5 Reasons Veterinary Nurses Are Essential

Practices that use veterinary nurses to their full potential will reap the rewards. Here are 5 reasons they are essential to practice success. 

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Degloving Wound Management by Second-Intention Healing

Excellent wound care, client education, and coordination with the entire veterinary team were the keys to healing this patient’s complicated open wound.

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Starting Off Right: A Good Gastrointestinal History

Obtaining a thorough gastrointestinal history initially can save time and improve efficiency. Use this sample checklist to characterize signs and determine next steps.

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Creating a Toxic-Free Practice Environment

Fostering a positive practice culture is no easy task. Take these steps to prevent a toxic work environment.

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Putting Initiative into Practice

New ideas are vital for keeping a veterinary practice current and successful. Follow these proven methods to ensure a proposed initiative has the best chance of success. 

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Low-Stress Patient-Centric Practices: Dogs

Making small changes in how team members interact with dogs can reduce patient anxiety. Try these tips to make visits less stressful for everyone.

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Cushing's Disease

Hyperadrenocorticism can have a major impact on quality of life for both the patient and owner. Emphasizing a team-based approach, this Clinical Brief reviews the diagnosis and management of Cushing's Disease.


Developing a Practice Culture

Every practice has a culture, whether intentionally created or not. Explore ways to identify, develop, and maintain the right culture for your practice.

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Image Gallery: Bandage Application

Bandages are used frequently in veterinary patients for a variety of reasons, and all bandages follow the same basic application principles. These images demonstrate proper bandage application in canine and feline patients.

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Image Gallery: Ear Cleaning

Ear cleaning is a frequent procedure in practice, allowing for thorough examination of the ear canal and more effective treatment of otitis externa. Review each step of a proper ear cleaning.

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Capsules October 2016

Veterinary Team Brief delivers practical skills for team-based medicine—with clinical strategies for team training, peer-reviewed credibility, concise content, essential training modules, and easy-to-implement protocols. From the publisher of Clinician's Brief.