News wrap-up: This week's veterinary headlines, plus feline-friendly alternatives to catnip

February 19, 2021
dvm360 Staff

Check out this week's top news stories.

With spring only a month away, we will continue to keep you updated with the latest pandemic news and our coverage of the veterinary industry.

Here's a look at this week's highlights:

  • To help identify effective alternatives to catnip, a study in BMC Veterinary Research evaluated the feline response to 3 other plant materials: silver vine, Tatarian honeysuckle, and valerian root.
  • A new study funded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Pet Partners is set to determine whether bringing therapy dogs to visit these children will alleviate their anxiety.
  • Longtime veterinary relief technician Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT, VTS (SAIM) (ECC) shares 3 things she wished she knew early on in her career.
  • The American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association released the 2021 AAHA/AVMA Telehealth Guidelines for Small-Animal Practice.