IVMA Story – Human Side of Animal Health

By:  Terra Shastri, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association “Can you believe Kelly did that? I mean – who does she think she is, the queen of this clinic?” For over a year, Kelly and Chris have not been getting along but now it’s growing out of control. The team is divided, as some team members are feeling uncomfortable with the backstabbing comments. Some staff are trying hard not to pick sides, while others are starting to participate in the conversations that occasionally get interrupted by a client walking through the clinic door....

Your veterinary license will expire on October 15, 2021.  Renewal information was sent to you via email from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA).  Please make sure that IPLA has your current email and address of record.  If you need to change your email or address, you can call, email, or send a letter with the changes for your veterinary license to IPLA.  If you need to change the address of your Controlled Substances Registration (CSR), you must email or send a letter.  CSR changes must be in writing. Veterinary License...

Below are a few questions that have been asked by IVMA members over the last few months.  Answers are provided below.  As always, though, consult your own legal counsel for specific legal advice. Question: How long do I have to keep animal health records? Answer: You must keep animal health records for three (3) years after the last encounter with the animal. Note that it is important to document, document, document. Further, it is appropriate to include in the animal health record communication you have with the client regarding treatment options and if...

By: Colleen Best, PhD, DVM, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Living through a pandemic is exhausting! It’s been months since our world was turned upside down. The uncertainty and added stress of this time takes a lot of energy to manage. The amount of strain the pandemic puts on our day-to-day functioning can’t be underestimated. As a result, many are battling feelings of exhaustion, weariness and fatigue. As we look forward and wonder how we’ll get through the hours, days, weeks and months to come, one thing is certain: we need to steward...

Life in veterinary medicine, regardless of your area of practice, is busier than ever.  This we all know.  Each of us understands the definition of stress too. Stress in our lives is unavoidable. However, how we respond or react to stress is entirely within our control.  What is the definition of de-stress?  De-stress means to “relax after a period of work or tension”.  Each of us has our own ways to unwind – exercise, hobby, cooking, etc.  Consider these de-stressing tips from Dr. Elizabeth Strand, MSSW, PhD, that you can...

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