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Lack of effectiveness of tramadol hydrochloride for the treatment of pain and joint dysfunction in dogs with chronic osteoarthritis | Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association | Vol 252 , No 4

<b>OBJECTIVE</b> To investigate the effectiveness of tramadol for treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs.<p><b>DESIGN</b> Randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled …

Preventing Nosocomial Infections - WSAVA 2014 Congress

Introduction<p>A <b>nosocomial infection</b> is any infection acquired while the patient is hospitalized. Between the years of 2003 and 2008, 82% of veterinary …

Hiring for Your Culture

<b>Will any person satisfy – or are you looking for a good fit?</b><p><b>Consider hiring for your culture rather than for skill sets.</b><p>Once your <b>culture is in place</b>, …

Turnover: The Cost to a Practice and How to Prevent It

TEACHING TARGET:<p>Understand the broad implications of team members leaving the practice, and devise ways to help decrease the hard and soft costs of …

Stress-Induced Behavior Is Not Always Obvious

The veterinary practice can be a scary place where less than desirable activities, from blood draws to shots to temperature taking, inevitably occur. …

10 daily tasks that will help you become successful over time

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."<p>Aristotle is credited with saying these 15 famous words, though they're actually an interpretation of a passage from Aristotle's writings by historian Will Durant. And for most of my life, I didn't believe them.<p>I fought …

Time Management

Practice owners: <i>This</i> is what your team members really care about

Of course veterinary team members care about their wages, but as Denise Tumblin, CPA shares in this video, their other main concerns may surprise …

10 things you must do on a veterinary team member's first day

<b>"It's all to do with training. You can do a lot if you're properly trained." -- Queen Elizabeth II</b><p>First days are scary. Don't contribute to the fear. …

Caregivers Must Take Care of Themselves

TEACHING TARGET:<p>VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS OFTEN FORGET TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, BUT LEARNING AND USING SELF-COMPASSION SKILLS WILL MEAN BETTER CARE …

Mindfulness

STRATEGIZING is NOT a Four-Letter Word!

<b>Strategic Planning Benefits Veterinary Hospitals, Too!</b><p><b>Week 1 = Why you should do a strategic plan and the benefits of one.</b><p><i>Small businesses that have</i> …

Guiding Clients Through End-of-Life Care

As Serissa, my 13-year-old Samoyed, neared the end of her life, I promised her that her quality of life would remain good, she would not suffer, her …

The year ahead: Things are looking bright for the veterinary profession

Thus, the 3.5 percent increase in real household income between 2015 and 2016 means household incomes grew faster than the rate of inflation by 3.5 …

Veterinary team careers in practice

Stepping blocks for your career.<p>You may be surprised to learn how many career options veterinary teams have within veterinary practice. The SKY IS …

Seth's Blog

The annual review is a waste. It's not particularly useful for employee or boss, it's stressful and it doesn't happen often enough to make much of an …

Hiring Front-Office Team Members

The recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process is similar for all veterinary practice positions, but there are some important distinctions when …

The psychological toll of being off-duty but "on call"

That increasingly common end-of-day feeling: of physically leaving the office, only for it to tag along home. Thanks largely to technology, our …

Psychology

How to Reenter Veterinary Practice After Time Off

From the first day of veterinary school orientation, I had been plagued by the vague and insistent feeling that I was not going to be the right kind …

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

The concept of burnout, which is characterized by workers exhaustion, cynicism, and lack of efficacy,1 has integrated thoroughly into the lexicon of …

Adam Grant recommends the best holiday gift managers can give employees

It’s December, which means a dreaded decision awaits many of us: what kind of gift, if any, to give managers, employees, or colleagues.<p>From mixed messages to unwanted chotskies, the potential for gift failure is high. Still worse is receiving a present from your coworker, and having nothing to …

Employment

Chapter 1

Why Veterinary Caregivers May Be Predisposed to the Challenge of Finding Joy and Fulfillment in Our Profession<p>Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline …

The Chemically Impaired Colleague

It can be incredibly hard to determine whether a team member is misusing drugs or alcohol, and the development of true impairment can be insidious. …

Managing a 24/7 Facility: How to Survive and Thrive

Views: 644 - Comments: 0<p>You are here<p>In this lecture, Monica Maxwell, SPHR, covers the realities of management in a “city that never sleeps” and give …

An Open Letter to the Veterinary Profession

Dear Colleagues,<p>I hope this letter finds you well. I am excited to share with you some great news related to the American Animal Hospital …

Pets and chemotherapy: Side effects to prepare for

When a pet is diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy treatment is often offered as a possible treatment option. The thought of putting a pet through …

Study: Gabapentin Reduces Stress in Cats Before Veterinary Visits

Cats can suffer from severe fear and stress when being transported to the veterinarian or while being examined once there. New research indicates …

The Psychological Effects of Workplace Appreciation and Gratitude

When’s the last time you were recognized at your job? What immediate feelings did you have when this happened? Whether it’s a simple “thank you” or …

What's Your Happy Place? | Today's Veterinary Nurse

“Find your happy place.” I’m sure you’ve heard it somewhere, whether in a TV show, a movie, or just casual conversation. Have you ever taken it …

Neonatal Resuscitation

Figure 1 A neonate is dried and warmed with a clean, dry towel. Tactile stimulation over the umbilicus and genitals helps stimulate respiration. <i>Photo</i> …

The Practice Team is Overwhelmed: What Should Be Done?

Is work-related stress spinning out of control at the practice? Are team members anxious, overwhelmed, and distracted? Although adding additional …

More than Just Facebook: Secondary Social Media Platforms for Veterinary Marketing

In the ever-changing world of social media and veterinary marketing, it can be tough to get a handle on everything that you need to manage. Sure, …