The tick control toolkit - dvm360
The tick control toolkit
Use these free tools to train your team and educate veterinary clients about tick control. (With an educational grant provided by Merck Animal Health)


This dvm360 toolkit focuses on ticks. The special package of articles, tips, handouts, and tools is designed to make it easy for your team to educate pet owners about the importance of tick control and prevention.

The dvm360 toolkitArticles and tips
> What you should know about cytauxzoonosis
> Don't get ticked at ticks—get even
> Lyme disease: How to keep pets—and your veterinary clients—safe
> Go for the gross factor

Your tick control tools

The dvm360 social media marketing kit for tick control
Use these pre-written Facebook posts and tweets to educate your clients about the need for tick control and prevention. (That's right. It's social media outreach made easy!)

A free iPad module on tick control for exam room education
If you already have the dvm360 app for iPad, make sure you downloaded the latest update. Then, inside the app, click the tab labeled "Client Education." You'll find a module from dvm360 that's designed to help facilitate conversations with clients in the exam room. Instruct clients on how to identify ticks, bust common tick myths, learn what types of ticks live in their area, and more. If you don't yet have the app, download it now using your iPad. Or just search for dvm360 in the iTunes App store.

Patient care pointers
Use these tips to help you prepare a readable blood smear to identify Cytauxzoon felis, which is transmitted by ticks:
> Identifying parasites on blood smears

Team meeting guide
Review these tips during your next team meeting to make parasite control messages stick with your clients:
> Make your meeting matter

Ready-to-use client handouts
These handouts, directed at clients, help reinforce the education you and your team deliver in person. Just click, print, and hand to clients.
> Myths vs. facts: The truth about ticks
> Lyme disease and your dog
> Tackling tick talks across the map

Take the next step
Of course, the whole point is to get these tools and ideas into action so pets can stay tick-free (and you hear the word "yes" more often when you make tick control recommendations). Use these five strategies to keep your team's enthusiasm for tick control and prevention high.

Talk back
Does your team do a great job with tick control and prevention? We'd love to share your winning strategies with your colleagues. Did you try one of these tools? We'd love to know what your experience was like. Any other feedback? We're here.

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