I was honored to present a special keynote at the 2017 Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Your Weight Matters Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. In this impassioned presentation, I discuss why I believe pet obesity is a disease, why obesity is a shared disease of humans and animals, the role pet care shaming and weight bias play in veterinary medicine, and why I've dedicated much of my career to fighting pet obesity. I also review the role of chronic inflammation, strategies for effective weight loss, differences in pet owner and veterinary professionals' attitudes on diet and nutrition, and challenges for the future of pet food and weight loss.
At the end of each year, many veterinary professionals begin reflecting on their accomplishments, experiences, and goals. For many veterinarians and veterinary technicians, this time of year is one to consider changing jobs. In this week’s podcast, Drs. Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor discuss all aspects of quitting or starting a job. What’s the appropriate amount of notice; should owners or managers allow staff to continue working after giving notice they’re leaving; and what are some of the best ways to handle losing a team member? What about starting a new job? What can you do to start your new employment off on a positive note? The trio offer tips and real-life experiences to help you and your team develop better training and employment policies, as well as creating a culture where team members want to stay.
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1) Dog eats 21 pacifiers - and lives to bark about it!
2) Microsoft IoT Core announces pet facial recognition code and releases a how-to video for a pet door utilizing facial recognition on hackster.io
3) Service Dog Disrupts "Cats: The Musical" in Manhattan. Yes, you read that correctly. A service dog attacked an actor during the opening number. Guess it wasn't a fan of "Cats."
4) Australian study evaluates if offering free cat adoptions affects cat fate, rates of medical or behavioral disorders, and adherence to pet care guidelines. The researchers also investigated if free cat adoptions attracted a different type of pet owner. The results are astounding! Read the fascinating study here: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/7/12/92/htm
This week we're honored to have a true veterinary innovator, entrepreneur, and leader, Dr. Justine Lee. Dr. Lee joins co-host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with registered veterinary technician Beckie Mossor to discuss her story of becoming a veterinarian, writing books, creating VetGirl, and her latest projects, the VetGirl Wellness App and her upcoming veterinary continuing education conference. This is a great conversation about finding work-life balance, starting and raising a family, and how anyone can find their passion and meaning.
1. A St. Paul, Minnesota cat named Max has been banned from the Macalester College library. Appropriate hilarity ensues.
2. A new portable dog bathing device, the Bissell Bark Bath, may have uses in a busy veterinary clinic.
3. The Los Angeles Animal Services Board recently proposed feeding all shelter dogs a vegan (meat-less) diet. What does this mean for a no-kill shelter? The LA County Animal Services Board votes on the issue in December.
4. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will debate several important topics in the January 2018 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Chicago. On the agenda are evaluation of the current Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) and how veterinary telemedicine and telehealth may affect its interpretation; the definition of non-profit veterinary clinics and whether or not there should be some limits on the services they provide or products they sell; the potential influence of national corporate veterinary companies as veterinary consolidation and corporatization continues at breakneck speed.
1) Creepy Cloned Dog Personality Tests from South Korea
2) Amazing "Forrest Gump" ER Veterinarian, Dr. Rob Pope, runs over 20,000 km across U.S.A
3) French Study Evaluates If Owner Interaction Reduces a Dog's Stress during Veterinary Exams
4) A new study from Vanderbilt University Concludes Dogs are Smarter than Cats - but we're skeptical...
This week we discuss the emerging role veterinary technician specialists are playing in the veterinary profession. Host veterinarians Ernie Ward and Cyndie Courtney along with co-host, Beckie Mossor RVT, are joined by National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) President-elect Kara Burns, LVT, VTS (Nutrition). Kara shares her story from beginning as an Emergency Psychologist, to finding her passion in veterinary medicine, to founding a veterinary specialty. Learn Kara's best advice to help veterinary technicians deal with stress, expand their roles, and find happiness in their work. You don't want to miss this episode!
1) National Dog Show courts controversy by referring to winner Brussels Griffon as a Wookie, instead of an Ewok.
2) Google and Apple announce updates to artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition for dogs and cats.
3) A Texas veterinary clinic faces severe financial losses after a dog brain submitted for rabies testing was lost in the mail.
4) A free internet (net neutrality) is in imminent danger as new FCC Chairman promises to eliminate internet freedom protections, despite public outcry.
Net Neutrality Links:
How to Explain Why Net Neutrality Matters to Your Friends Who Don't Get It
This week, a special Thanksgiving episode! 1) The Mayflower had two special canine crew members! Learn about the dogs that landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620. 2) USDA approves first DNA vaccine for Avian Influenza 3) Flaming Hot Cheetos Turkey recipe!? 4) A town in Arkansas drops live turkeys from an airplane - to celebrate Thanksgiving... and I'm not happy about it!