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Building Your First Veterinary Practice

Since the start of vet school, you’ve dreamed of the day your practice could support a clinic—a space for clients to bring their horses when they’re in need of specialized treatments or procedures. After years of hard work, your business has grown to the point that it can sustain a brick and mortar building.   While building your own practice is a celebratory occasion, it can also be one of the most frustrating and overwhelming undertakings in your career. Before leaping into a construction project, consider why a fixed practice (having a building) makes sense for your business. “Have a clear vision of your goals and what you hope to achieve with your new facility, as well as an understanding of your current and future needs,” said Tony Cochrane, AIA and partner at Animal Arts, an architecture firm in Boulder, Colorado. Wayne Usiak, AIA, NCARB, architect and CEO at Building Design for Animals (BDA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said you should ask yourself, “What are the things a fixed practice will allow me to do that an ambulatory practice won’t?” Veterinarians often choose a fixed practice to reduce the amount of time... Continue Reading

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Gloves and Hand Protection

by Equine Disease Quarterly

Human skin is the primary barrier against microbes, toxins, and physical injury. In equine veterinary care, gloves spare humans from exposure to harmful organisms, toxins, and pharmaceuticals such as... Read More

Tough Times

by Deborah Reeder

When business is down, the natural response is to look for ways to cut expenses and offset revenue loss. It’s a matter of simple math: When you look at the bottom line, you want to end up with a profit. Read More

AAEP Risk-Based Vaccinations: State of the Industry

by Amy Grice, VMD, MBA

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) defines risk-based vaccines as those that are included in a vaccination program after the performance of a risk-benefit analysis by a... Read More

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AAEP Risk-Based Vaccinations: State of the Industry
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) defines risk-based vaccines as those that are included in a vaccination program after the performance of a risk-benefit analysis by a... Read More
USEF Vaccination Rule Change
Proactive policies have been put in place to protect horses. Read More
Teaching Biosecurity at Shows & at Home
Here are tips about educating clients and facility managers before disease causes a problem. Read More
Communications for Client Compliance
In your clinical vision of how to approach a horse's problem, you probably have specific steps mapped out in your mind in order to arrive at a good outcome. Yet, in veterinary medicine, one of... Read More

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EQUIOXX (firocoxib) Tablets Receive FDA Approval

For almost 10 years, EQUIOXX (firocoxib) has been the only coxib non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) approved for use in horses. Now, this once-daily treatment to control joint pain and inflammation associated with equine osteoarthritis, is approved by the FDA in tablet form, and it will be available in the market early fall. EQUIOXX is the only NSAID approved for use up to 14 days by both the AQHA and USEF1,2† and now gives the choice of three formulations, depending on the specific need of the horse. Injection is best to initiate therapy, while the Paste is a convenient form for accurate dosing, especially for small horses and performance horses. And now, EQUIOXX Tablets are easy to administer, with or without feed. “Veterinarians and horse owners have been waiting for a tablet option of EQUIOXX from Merial,” said Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MS, Manager, Merial Large Animal Veterinary Services. “The FDA approval process is very stringent, and we are proud... Continue Reading

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EDCC Reports Wisconsin's Six New EEE Cases and One WNV Case
The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC. The following reports are... Read More
House of Representatives Passes National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act
On September 26, the House of Representatives passed the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845). The bill, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz... Read More
Gluck Center Creates Test to Determine Long-Term Likelihood of EAV Carrier State
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center has developed a novel test to determine the likelihood of a long-term equine arteritis virus (EAV) carrier state in stallions... Read More
EDCC Disease Update
The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC... Read More

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Location, Location, Location
Here are tips on how to select the right place to build your clinic. Read More
Mixed Species Veterinary Practice
Should you become part of the trend by adding other species to your equine-only practice? Read More
Using AAEP’s Touch
The American Association of Equine Practitioners does an excellent job of supporting its membership, constantly trying to improve continuing education programs, offering newsletters and... Read More
Veterinarians Talking About Overdue Invoices With Clients
Your communication skills should include the ability to discuss ‘difficult’ topics with your clients. Read More

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Veterinarians Get a Leg Up in the War Against Equine Dermatitis
EPD is not a specific diagnosis. It is a syndrome. A term--scratches, dew poisoning, greasy heel, mud fever, foot rot, cracked heels--to describe cutaneous lesions caused... Read More
EQUIOXX (firocoxib) Tablets Receive FDA Approval
For almost 10 years, EQUIOXX (firocoxib) has been the only coxib non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) approved for use in horses. Now, this once-daily treatment to control joint pain and... Read More
Madigan Foal Squeeze Procedure for Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome
Veterinary researchers at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up with their colleagues in human medicine to investigate a troubling disorder in newborn horses and are exploring possible... Read More
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