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AVBA and VCI Sign Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) have come together and signed a mutual recognition agreement that will allow reciprocal recognition of registration between veterinary graduates overseen by the two organizations.

This means that veterinary graduates from any of the eight Australasian veterinary schools will also be eligible for registration by the VCI. Similarly, veterinary graduates from University College Dublin will soon be recognized also by AVBC member boards.

“I am delighted to sign this Mutual Recognition Agreement with our AVBC Colleagues on behalf of the Veterinary Council of Ireland, enabling eligibility of veterinary medicine graduates from Australasia to come and work here In Ireland and creating routes of eligibility and access for our UCD veterinary medicine graduates to practise in Australasia,” said VCI President and UCD Associate Professor, Vivienne Dugga.

Read the full story here. 

 

America’s Top Veterinary Heroes Finalists

The finalists have been revealed and voting has officially opened for the 2022 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™.

This marks the event’s ninth annual award.

“The world’s animals depend on veterinarians and veterinary nurses, and we are honored to recognize their achievements in saving lives, conducting groundbreaking research, and working on the front lines of animal welfare. Congratulations to this year’s incredible finalists! We encourage every animal lover to join us in giving them our heartfelt thanks by voting in this year’s campaign.” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. 

See the finalists here. 

 

UK Veterinary Volunteers Needed for Ukraine Telehealth Platform 

Veterinary professionals in the UK have been called upon to offer remote support to Ukrainian pet owners. 

So far nearly 200 veterinary professionals from North America, Europe, and the UK have already joined the telehealth communication service, however, more support is needed in the war-torn country. 

The telehealth platform was set up by the non-profit organization Galaxy Vets Foundation (an arm of US practice Galaxy Vets). 

Galaxy Vets Foundation director, Dr. Andrew Ciccolini, said: “Currently, there is an acute shortage of funding and resources, primarily medications, pet food, and supplies.

Lack of access to veterinary care and professional advice on pet health is another issue we are addressing by providing free, multi-lingual telehealth services and informational resources on our website.

We want to ensure continuity of veterinary care in these difficult times and we would urge any veterinary professionals in the UK to help out if they can, even if it’s just a few hours.

Find out how to get involved here. 

 

Veterinary Deserts in Low-Income Areas

A new study released by, Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe (a nonprofit organization that helps keep animals off the streets and out of shelters) has found that low-income areas in Atlanta, Georgia have fewer veterinary clinics than higher-income areas within the state. 

Aaron Fisher, founder, and CEO of Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe said: “We hear a lot about food and healthcare deserts, but there hasn’t been a lot of attention placed on these veterinary deserts… People in lower-income areas care as much about their pets as those in higher income areas, but lack of accessible care often means they must travel farther to get to the vet, which makes routine care more costly and less convenient.”. 

Find out more here. 

 

An Update on PrideVMC’s Gender Identity Bill of Rights and Their New Board Members

PrideVMC (an organization that supports and empowers LGBTQIA+ veterinary professionals) has announced that 763 individuals and 144 organizations have signed in support of the new Gender Identity Bill of Rights (GIBOR). 

PrideVMC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) working group created the GIBOR in order to address inequality and inequity within the veterinary profession. 

Alongside the good news of the GIBOR, PrideVMC has also announced its 2022-2023 board members. 

Find out who they are here.

 

Three Ways To Prevent Burnout

In the veterinary profession, burnout is a phrase we hear regularly. With long shifts, rotating schedules, and emotional cases, it can be hard to switch off. So how can we prevent burnout and rest our minds? 

    1. Spend time alone: it can so easy to schedule lots of plans on your days off. However, seeing family and friends can also drain your social battery. Whilst seeing friends can help boost your mood, it’s also important to schedule some alone time to reset and recharge. 
    2. Find a creative outlet: finding a creative outlet is a perfect way to relieve stress and reduce burnout. This could be anything from art, to DIY, macrame making, crocheting, or playing an instrument. Remember… there’s more to you than being a veterinary professional. 
    3. Look inwards: If you’re feeling burnt out, why not take a look inwards? What’s causing you the stress? Can it be relieved? Is the stress necessary? Reevaluating your mind and life can lead to crucial burnout solutions.

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