RVTTC launches CE travel bursary

Registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) hoping to expand their professional knowledge or skills by attending a conference or a continuing education (CE) event can now apply for a travel bursary.

Launched by the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC), the initiative grants a maximum of Cdn$1000 per bursary. Applicants are required to show how the funds will enhance their skills, goals, or career development, while providing a contribution to the veterinary community.

The program …

Veterinarians gather for VET Ontario UPDATES

The impact of implementing Fear Free techniques, legislative changes regarding cannabis, and the use of supplements in joint health are just a few of the topics covered at the inaugural VET Ontario UPDATES conference.

Held in Ajax, Ont., on April 26, the one-day RACE-approved CE conference drew approximately 70 local veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students, administrative staff, and practice managers.

Lee Baker, event director for the conference’s organizer, MacGregor Communications, says the updates format is a …

Interpret The Signs Of FLUTD In Feline Patients

Are your feline patients trying to tell you something?

When they visit the clinic with their owners, who bring them in with complaints about their pets' irritable moods and poor litter box habits, the cats may be presenting with a one of several medical conditions associated with feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD, says Jacqueline Neilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVB, of Animal Behavior Clinic LLC in Portland, Ore.

"FLUTD is …

Moist Food, Environmental Enrichment Can Fight FIC In Your Cat Patients

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For cat-owning clients, caring for a pet with feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) can be frustrating. As one type of feline lower urinary tract disease, FIC causes a range of aggravating clinical signs in cats, signs that often lead to trips to the veterinary office—or to the local shelter.

"FIC is an unfortunate disease," says Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, of Wamego, Kan., …

Cats And FIC: Discover The Signs And Some Solutions

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Cats with feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) are believed to have an abnormal response to environmental stressors, which may contribute to development of lower urinary tract signs including urinating outside the litter box, frequent attempts to urinate and blood in the urine.

"The signs of stress in cats may be subtle and include hiding from people or other cats, conflict with another cat …

Lasers Promote Faster, Stronger Wound Closure

Wounds and dermatology issues represent perhaps the widest variety of ailments in veterinary practice, both in origin and complication.

From an acute burn to a chronic lick granuloma, from an ischemic ulcer to a dehiscent surgical site, no two wounds will be alike. Compound this variation with different histologies and enzyme over/under-expressions; then throw bacterial or fungal infections on top of all that; now plan for a dog gnawing at it …

Examples Of Laser Therapy Success, Inside And Out

All year we at K-Laser USA have presented you with scientific evidence of laser therapy, from fundamental biochemistry to the physics of laser penetration.

You have heard from the experts in this field, but the most important story-tellers are the owners of the pets whose lives have been forever changed. Below are two polar opposite examples (one superficial and the other deep-seated) to illustrate the enormous diversity of Class IV laser therapy applications.

Therapeutic Lasers Are Used In Variety Of Clinical Applications

In the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of therapeutic lasers in veterinary medicine. Industry leaders estimate that 20 percent of veterinary practices in North America use a therapy laser, and they report that its use is rapidly expanding overseas. Additionally, veterinary distributors uniformly say that therapy lasers are one of their fastest-growing product categories.

The therapeutic effect of lasers has been studied for almost …

Treating And Preventing Dental Disease In Geriatric Pets

We all know that our patients suffer from the same dental problems that we all do. Dogs and cats feel dental pain and discomfort just as we do, and yet it is far more common for them to have significant dental problems because they don’t get regular dental care. 

The biggest reason that pets often do not receive the dental care they need is because they rarely show obvious signs of …

Introducing Veterinary CO2 Laser Surgery In Japan

I am an owner of a busy small animal veterinary hospital in Nagoya, Japan. One day I encountered a book on CO2 laser surgery and became fascinated with the technology that brings less bleeding, less swelling, less pain and less risk of infection. It goes without saying that less stress during and after surgical treatment is the best for humans and for animals.

I decided to learn more about small animal soft tissue …