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Veterinary Forum July 2009 (Vol 26, No 7)

Reader Forum (July 2009)

by Katherine Houpt, VMD, PhD, DACVB, Jamie R. Bellah, DVM, DACVS, Jodi Smith, DVM, Fred Mann, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC, Robert Backus, DVM, PhD, DACVN

    Caveat lector

    I yelled, "Right on!" after reading "Trouble with well-meaning folks," the April editorial by Marie Rosenthal.

    I had recently spoken with a client who had received some misinformation about osteoarthritis (OA) from her husband's physiotherapist. The conversation gave me a chance to educate her and promote our practice's goals when managing OA.

    The Internet has had some positive and some negative effects on the distribution of information. A nurse practitioner who is a good friend also deals with misinformation on the Internet.

    Perhaps some day there will be a "Reader beware!" sign at the top of every medical website.

    Matthew A. VanderVelde, DVM

    DeSoto, Kan.

    That's news to us

    I do not feel that the change in vaccination protocols at Banfield, the Pet Hospital, is newsworthy (May, page 16). I understand that the number of pets vaccinated at Banfield practices is vast, but the company's decision regarding vaccines does not affect most private practitioners. Our profession is best served when the opinions of professional organizations, such as the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), AAHA and AVMA, are listed as sources for infectious disease information to help veterinarians develop vaccination protocols.

    John Mazur, DVM

    Rock Hill, S.C.

    Editors' Note: Banfield, the Pet Hospital, employs thousands of veterinarians and technicians, vaccinates millions of cats and dogs each year, and has a major presence in the industry. Therefore, we believe a significant change to Banfield protocols is newsworthy. You are correct, however, in that practitioners should look toward professional associations, which Banfield did, when deciding protocols.

    Overlooked again

    I was pleased to read "Anesthesia summit brings focus to 'overlooked' specialty" (May, page 20). I agree that anesthesia is the least "visible" specialty to most clients. However, I was surprised that the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA) was not mentioned.

    The involvement of Abbott Animal Health and others in our industry is essential, and the AVTA would like to see a continuing evolution and implementation of anesthesiologists and their veterinary technician counterparts.

    The AVTA is entering its 10th year of providing a process by which a licensed veterinary technician can become certified as a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anesthesia. This certification promotes patient safety, professionalism and excellence in care.

    The AVTA, which is directly associated with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, has 103 members who have demonstrated specialized knowledge in the management of anesthesia cases. For more information, visit www.avta-vts.org.

    Sharon M. Johnston, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

    AVTA President

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