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Alaska Divorce Courts will now Treat Pets Like Children

by Lori Hehn - February 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 

Many people consider their pets as "children." Thus, custody over pets during divorce can be a hot topic. Alaska is the first state to amend their law to consider the well-being of the pet, and even assigning custody or joint-custody will be taken into consideration. Taking into consideration what is best for the pet and not the humans I think is a step in the right direction. 

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Is Veterinary Medicine Really That Depressing?

by Lori Hehn - December 27, 2016 at 12:22 PM

This article makes a good point. Even I did a Twitter Chat on Compassion Fatigue because it has become such a hot topic. It is important that the issues of suicide and depression are being talked about, but focusing on this issue at a constant could make it seem that vet med is a real downer. Instead of getting swept up in the negatives in our profession, it suggests that we try to focus on more of the positives! Think about what it is you love about your job. 

I love that every day is different. There are always different cases to see and I still learn something new every day! I even saw a dog with narcolepsy the other day (I have never seen that before, and thanks to the neurologist for diagnosing it)! And I think about the clients that really depend on us to help their pets- they truly appreciate our services and would be lost without us. I am thankful that this profession, even in times of recession, still seems to hang on. There will always be more pets that need us. And I love that in vet med there are different opportunities and avenues to explore if you really do get tired of doing one type of job.

I concur that getting too wrapped up in the stresses could be a real issue. Know the warning signs and risks for compassion fatigue, and take steps to prevent it, but don't dwell on the negative. Take steps to make your job more enjoyable. Do you have any thoughts on this topic?

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Best Vet Tech Schools?

by Lori Hehn - December 23, 2016 at 11:25 AM

 

What are the best Vet Tech Schools?  This article lists what they consider to be the best 2 and 4 year veterinary technician programs. Did yours make the list? School ranks were determined based on several criteria including graduation rate, student-teacher ratios and financial-aid. 

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Free Blood Products Download From atdove.org!

by Lori Hehn - December 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM

This link is for a free download from atdove.org regarding blood products, what they are for, what they contain, expiration, and easy to follow flow charts about them. What an easy way to review and remember the details on various blood products! Thank you atdove.org!  Go get them!

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National Horse Day!

by Lori Hehn - December 13, 2016 at 10:37 AM

 

We hear a lot about dog and cat days, but horses have their own days too! December 13th is the National Day of the Horse.

I found a short post about this special day from the AzVMA website from last year to see what it's all about.  

According to the article, the idea behind this national day is that it "encourages a dialog about the importance of horses in our culture, the importance of humane treatment of both domestic and wild horses, and the physical and emotional benefits of owning horses."

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