Law & Ethics
No board sanction without representation
An appearance before the state veterinary board brings up a larger issue: If a boards composition doesnt reflect the professionals it oversees, can it fairly pass judgment?
Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in jeopardy
New bill would eradicate program, which offsets student debt through service in a public health position; veterinary lobbyists battle to maintain it.
Consolidation nation: Why veterinarians who hate corporate ownership end up selling out
Just like the transcontinental railroad transformed the American West, our profession is experiencing changes the likes of which it's never seen before.
License sense: Steps for handling a state board sanction
If youre ever disciplined by your state veterinary board, dont make your nightmare worse by neglecting your licenses in other states.
Cats, claws and commentaries
Its easy to forget to be thoughtful in the noise of this debate.
dvm360 readers: How would you answer this pet owner?
This veterinary client longs to provide care for her pets, but her financial circumstances have taken a turn for the worse. What would your advice to her be?
Shades of fear: Sorting paranoia from truth in a clients story
A devoted pet owners behavior has changed. The veterinary team wonders if they should step inand how far they should take their concerns
Under one roof: When specialist and generalist share space
Creating a working partnership with a generalist can open the door to a career path you may not have considered.
Denver eyeing municipal declaw ban
A city panel moved the measure one step closer to approval in October.
Photo gallery: Banfield comes to the aid of pets in Puerto Rico
Pet hospital's charity has been actively helping to keep pets in Puerto Rico safe and healthy amid disasters.
For your consideration: The laddered noncompete
New veterinary talent wants noncompete language that wont be unfairly burdensome. Employers want noncompete language that will hold up in court. Could a laddered noncompete serve both interests?
When old and new clash, change is the casualty
A new associate suggests some small upgrades for the good of the practice. Can he convince his bosses to go along with it?
The ethics of enrichment
Keeping pets pain and fear to a minimum is greatbut its not enough for a good quality of life. Animals need an environment in which they can thrive and be happy. And veterinarians are obligated to help make this happen.
Letter to dvm360: Big game protest is a very big deal
Veterinary technician should not have harassed leasehold tenant, reader saysher termination was appropriate.
The Affordable Care Act: Still alive and wellfor now
Despite efforts to repeal or replace, veterinarians still need to be aware of health insurance regulationsfor themselves and their employees.
Big game, big protest and bigger consequences
While the First Amendment gives the freedom to protest, an at-will employment relationship means it's necessary to tread lightly.
FTC requires Mars to divest 12 veterinary clinics nationwide
Federal Trade Commission requires corporation to divest 12 veterinary clinics as a condition of acquiring pet care company VCA, Inc.
Henry Schein accepting applications for Henry Schein Cares Medal
Award recognizes organizations that expand access to care for people and animals in need.
The good Samaritan, the bad owner and the microchip
A veterinary team is torn between giving an irresponsible owner back his microchipped dog or letting a Good Samaritan who got him medical care take him in as her own.
Maine brings its fight against opioid abuse to veterinarians
Clinicians must check a state database for pet owner drug abuse before prescribing opioids or benzodiazepinesbut the new law wont prevent them from prescribing those medications even when they suspect abuse.
Saying hello to separation agreements
Lets get to know what these documents are, how they can help and why they might benefit your practice (and your wallet).
Party foul: When loose lips sink careers
When an employee has too much to drink, is an apology enough to rectify the situation?
Code of conduct: Labeling veterinary clients with secret shorthand
Is it unprofessional to warn technicians about difficult people and pets using a system thats hidden from the client? One team member says yes.
Research veterinarian files lawsuit against University of Texas facility
Dr. Brian Gordon says he was wrongfully terminated after speaking out against cruelty to research animals.
NAVTA seeks national veterinary nurse credential
Veterinary Nurse Initiative Coalition will pursue legislative amendments in all 50 states.
Contractually obligated: From bad to worse
Subtleties in wording can mean everything when addressing breach of contract situations. Learn from these examples given by Dr. Allen.
Forms: Dermatology handouts
COE rejects University of Arizona's veterinary school proposal a second time
The novel-concept veterinary school can reapply for accreditation in June.
When a microchip raises more questions than it answers
What do you do when you find a microchip at your veterinary practice and the pet owner says "no," you can't scan it? Here's how I handle it.
When it comes to buying a veterinary practice, consider a proposal
A well-thought-out letter of intent, much like an engagement proposal, can be the start of a beautiful relationship.
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