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Sign Language Video A ‘first’ For Deaf CVS Practice Clients

The CVS Group has launched a free video service called ‘SignVideo’ which will help deaf clients who ring a CVS practice by using a video link with a qualified British Sign Language interpreter. This is the first time a service like this has been used in the UK. The vet team at the clinic are also able to use this service with a device on behalf of the deaf client.

Mrs Rutter, a deaf pet owner told VetTimes: “I’m delighted as a deaf person and BSL user to see CVS become the first veterinary group to offer this important service to deaf clients, following my initial idea on Facebook.”

College Admits Rejected Applicants If They Pay Five Times The Fee

Starting with the enrollment for Autumn 2020,  the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada will offer around 25 rejected applicants an acceptance to the university if they pay five times the usual fee for an accepted applicant. The usual fee is C$12,000 however the rejected students will have to pay C$60,000. The university has stated that the reason for charging more is because of the lack of public funding and that the rejected students would have to pay much more if they had to study in another country.

Man Busted For Hawking Fake Canine Cancer Drugs

Jonathan Nyce, a man from Pennsyslvania, US has been charged with allegedly selling ‘cancer curing’ pills to pet owners with terminally-ill pets. Nyce is facing 32 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine for his actions. Beginning in 2012, Nyce created fake companies which he claimed produced these cancer-curing drugs.

William M. McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said: As any dog owner will tell you—myself included—pets quickly become part of the family. When they become sick, caring owners look for hope, often doing everything they can to keep their beloved pets alive and well. The defendant is charged with taking advantage of that nurturing instinct in the worst way possible by defrauding pet owners and giving them false hope they might be able to save their dying pet. That is both cruel and illegal, and now the defendant will face the consequences.”

Proper Dental Hygiene Integral To Animal Health

It is National Pet Dental Health Month and to mark the occasion, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has produced a free toolkit for vet practices which aims to spread the word of the importance of pet dental care to clients. This toolkit includes things such as posters, videos, leaflets, marketing ideas and many more. 

John Howe, the president of the AVMA said: “As veterinarians, we know the importance of dental health, but many clients far underestimate the importance of good pet dental hygiene. They need to be reminded dental health is a very important part of a pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems.”

The free toolkit can be found through this link:

Veterinarian Wellbeing Study Finds Improved Awareness, But Not Enough Action

Following up from their study on veterinarian wellbeing two years ago, Merck Animal Health have published a new study to show any changes. The main points of the study two years ago were ‘burnout’ and ‘work-life balance’ and these new findings have found a slight improvement across the 2,800 U.S. veterinarians that were surveyed. The new findings released by Merck Animal Health are as follows:

  • Wellbeing among veterinarians has remained relatively unchanged since the previous study with just over 9% of respondents in both surveys admitting to “suffering.”
  • Wellbeing is worst among younger veterinarians, with 13% of 18- to 34-year-old respondents admitting to “suffering” and only 46% “flourishing.” Younger veterinarians are also more likely than any other age group to suffer serious psychological distress.
  • Although the overall level of serious psychological distress remained relatively steady in the two years between surveys, significantly more women than men in the current survey indicated that they experience psychological distress (6.3% vs. 8.1%).
  • Veterinarians have higher levels of burnout than physicians, despite working fewer hours.
  • Veterinarians are much more likely than non-veterinarians to think about suicide and 2.7 times more likely to attempt it.
  • Food animal practitioners have far better mental health than mixed-animal, companion animal, equine and nonpractitioners. Only 0.7% of food animal veterinarians said they experience serious psychological distress, compared with 6.4% of the overall veterinarian population.

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Winter Froze Their Paws, So A Vet Gave These Street Cats Titanium Ones To Walk Again

Sergei Gorshkov, a veterinarian from Novosibirsk, Russia has been performing surgeries on cats with frozen feet to allow them to walk again. Street cats from Siberia have been brought to Gorshkov for him to exchange their frozen paws for titanium ones. These foot implants are surgically done in a similar way in which dental implants are performed on humans. One of Gorshkov’s first patients, Ryzhik the cat who had all four of his paws changed for titanium ones, is still happily living in the clinic with Gorshkov two years after his surgery.

6 Ways To Practice Mindful Eating

Did you know that you can practice mindfulness whilst eating? Here is an article which will help you do just that. 

The six ways to practice mindful eating include: 

  1. Stopping eating when full
  2. Eating when your body tells you to
  3. Eating with other people, at set times
  4. Eating healthy foods
  5. Don’t be distracted whilst eating
  6. Consider where your food comes from

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