Articles: veterinary technician

Speaking About Dogs and Cats Sold at Pet Stores in Vernon Hills

A chain pet store selling puppies was considering a move into the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills but rebuffed (clearly the Trustees and the Mayor/President Roger Byrne have done their homework on this topic), and changed their course following push back. At least for now. A wave of cities across American and Canada and the…
Steve Dale and Dr. Marty Becker on Fear Free initiative on WGN radio

Fear Free Crusader Dr. Marty Becker with Steve Dale

Dr. Marty Becker pioneered the initiative to minimize fear, anxiety and stress in pets called Fear Free. Listen HERE to our conversation on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio.  Dr. Becker offers examples of what Fear Free is all about – pets in the veterinary exam room, most cats and likely more than half of…
Cat Friendly Practices with pet expert Steve Dale

Era of the Cat: Cat Friendly Practices

No one’s perfect. True and not so true. Cat Friendly Practices are as close as you can get to perfect. receiving a 99 percent satisfaction rate, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) results of its 2017 Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Survey. CFP is a collaboration of feline experts who provide guidelines to…

National Veterinary Technician Week

This week is National Veterinary Technician Week (though October 18). Most clients aren’t aware of all of what veterinary technicians do, and the expertise of certified veterinary technicians. Job tasks include everything from measuring anesthesia during surgeries, assisting in dentals, assisting the veterinarian to hold the patient for an examination, take blood pressure in cats,…
Julie Legred is new executive director Winn Feline Foundation

Julie Legred New Executive Director Winn Feline Foundation

Julie Legred, CVT is the new Executive Director of the Winn Feline Foundation. Legred has held leadership positions in veterinary medicine throughout her career. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, where she was instrumental in elevating the status of technicians and supported the current…
Dog flu continues in the US

Dog Flu Continues to be Relentless

The dog flu is unrelenting. Likely because there’s simply so much other news, from politics to hurricanes, you haven’t heard about it. But the dog flu (canine influenza virus) doesn’t care. Numbers only indicate a small part of the story. Most pet caretakers with coughing dogs do visit the veterinarian.  Knowing what other dogs in…

Fear Free Happy Homes

Fear Free is taking off: From Fear Free veterinary medicine (veterinarians and entire practices certified as Fear Free) to Fear Free certified dog trainers to Fear Free certified animal shelters to Fear Free Happy Homes and pet caretakers who simply love their pets. On Steve Dale’s Pet World, I speak with the founder of this…

What a Fear Free Veterinary Practice Looks Like

The Fear Free initiative first began to minimize fear, anxiety and stress for pets at the veterinary clinic. And veterinarians and veterinary nurses have had to actually become certified as Fear Free, working toward making the experience FAR better for their 4-legged clients. Now, entire veterinary practices can be certified. Visiting Fear Free practices, compared…

Dr. Natalie Marks on WGN: Fear Free Makes a Difference for Pets

Fear Free is more than a new buzz word in the veterinary medicine, it is a new way to practice medicine – not only for individual veterinarians and veterinary nurses (technicians), but for entire veterinary practice. On Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN Radio, I talk HERE with Dr. Natalie Marks about what this Fear…

Cat Behaviors Explained

This one WGN Radio listener and reader, named Diane, has several questions: “I have two 10-year old sister cats, Daisy and Moonglow.  I rescued them at an auction. They are wonderful indoor cats. I love just about every animal in the world; however, cats rule my world. I have questions concerning some of their habits.” Q: “Moonglow…

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