Archive for 2017

Terbinafine in Veterinary Dermatology: The New Antifungal on the Block

Terbinafine in Veterinary Dermatology: The New Antifungal on the Block As far as antifungals for skin disease, terbinafine is the new kid on the block and its hangin’ tough.  Terbinafine has gained popularity in veterinary dermatology given that it is now relatively inexpensive with the availability of affordable generics.  Terbinafine is an allylamine antifungal that…

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A tale of 2 patients, from 2 countries, with 1 tumor

The first patient is a seven-year-old, neutered male, Labrador retriever that was rescued in Turkey. He presented to a hospital in Virginia with a large ulcerated mass located on the penis that was malodorous and oozing purulent-looking material. A tissue imprint of the mass was obtained and sent to EVP for a diagnosis. See figures…

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Surgical Oncology Case Report

An 8.5-year-old, female spayed Australian Shepherd initially presented with an acute history of left facial and periocular swelling. An intraoral examination under general anesthesia revealed bruising of the ipsilateral oropharyngeal wall, but no obvious cause for this bruising. A fine-needle aspirate of the swelling was performed, but the cytologic results were inconclusive. The swelling initially…

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Babesia

A 12 year old, female spayed, poodle was referred due to anemia and thrombocytopenia. She had presented to her primary care veterinarian due to weakness and loss of appetite. An initial CBC performed by the primary veterinarian 24 hours earlier had been unremarkable at a reference laboratory. Laboratory results from presentation noted anemia (Hct 27%)…

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PALLIATIVE CARE AND THE ONCOLOGY PATIENT

Palliative care is defined as treatment of symptoms of a condition, rather than treatment of the underlying condition itself. The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment”. The goal of palliative care is to improve or at least maintain the quality…

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How Important is Your Front Office Staff?

When people think of Receptionists, Clients Service Reps., or Client Specialists, they think answering phones, scheduling appointments, and performing transactions. There is so much more that is done by the amazing people that are in these positions. Your front office is a representation of YOU. If you don’t have the “right” people, it can very…

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Finding Hope with Compassion Fatigue

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 by Hope VS Compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress disorder has been a hot topic of discussion for many years and continues to be a very real problem in the veterinary profession. Most people associate compassion fatigue with continued exposure to traumatic events. When you have the calling to work…

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Finding Hope with Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress disorder has been a hot topic of discussion for many years and continues to be a very real problem in the veterinary profession. Most people associate compassion fatigue with continued exposure to traumatic events. When you have the calling to work in a veterinary setting, the words burnout and…

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SHORTAGE OF TECHNICIANS

Finding and retaining veterinary technicians has never been a simple feat in the veterinary profession. Much of the problem can be attributed to the supply vs. demand aspect- there are more veterinary practices than there are technicians.  But there must be something more to this, right? The 2016 Demographic Survey from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians…

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How important is your front office staff?

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 by Hope VS When people think of Receptionists, Clients Service Reps., or Client Specialists, they think answering phones, scheduling appointments, and performing transactions. There is so much more that is done by the amazing people that are in these positions. Your front office is a representation of YOU. If you…

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