BluePearl launches clinical skills development program

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The initiative aims to address the rising pet care demand and offer a clear urgent care path.

BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital has launched Urgent Track, a new clinician development program specially designed for veterinarians striving to maximize and advance their clinical skills with the option to career path into emergency medicine.

According to a company release, Urgent Track provides 2 career paths for veterinarians: urgent care and emergency medicine. Each BluePearl urgent care clinician receives extensive onboarding with virtual modules that include subjects ranging from treatment of dermatologic urgencies to orthopedic exams to toxicities. Once clinicians complete the program, they can treat non-life-threatening conditions (eg, gastrointestinal upset, skin lesions, limping, ear disease, etc), and offer end-of-life care for patients.

"If you are a veterinarian with at least 1 year of experience, are looking to change up your case mix, and are interested in higher acuity cases but need a clear path for gaining experience, then this program is for you," said Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC, clinical programs manager at BluePearl, in the company press release.

"The program covers subjects from triage and wound management to treating dermatologic urgencies and more. Through the program, clinicians will gain the skills and training needed to walk into their first urgent care shift with confidence,” she added.

Additionally, upon completion of Urgent Track, clinicians have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills, and become an ER clinician, without needing to complete an internship. The 1-year emergency path program features virtual medical modules that cover an array of emergency topics and in-person wet-lab sessions to practice common procedures. Plus, those enrolled will also gain hands-on experience working ER shifts with the mentorship of a senior emergency clinician.

"Many pets need prompt medical attention but not all these cases warrant a visit to the ER. These pets also often require care after hours when most primary veterinarians are closed. BluePearl's Urgent Track Program addresses this growing need, allowing veterinarians to grow their skills to provide urgent care for pets in communities they serve," said James Barr, DVM, DACVECC, Chief Medical Officer at BluePearl, in the company press release.

"As leaders in post-graduate learning and training, we strongly believe in nurturing talent and promoting the health and well-being of our doctors. We remain committed to providing clinicians with the tools and support they need to succeed and look forward to seeing the program's impact within our hospitals and the broader profession,” he added.

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BluePearl Pet Hospital launches Urgent Track Program to address growing pet care demand and provide clear urgent path growth. News release. BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital. January 17, 2022. Accessed January 20, 2022. https://www.yahoo.com/now/bluepearl-pet-hospital-launches-urgent-003000511.html#:~:text=BluePearl's%20Urgent%20Track%20Program%20is,urgent%20care%20and%20emergency%20medicine.

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