Victoria J. Winfield, DVM
With fall upon us, I am thankful for all of the Nebraska veterinarians who volunteered to help with the Birthing Pavilion at the State Fair. I have heard nothing but wonderful comments from friends and clients who experienced it again this year!
The white coat ceremony at Iowa State proved to be a wonderful event for the incoming veterinary students. Thank you to all those who took time from their busy schedules to “coat” the incoming students and be present to support them as they begin their professional education. Dr. Winfield coats Kimberly Spartz (top) and Jessica Boelter (bottom) in the accompanying photos.
I am excited to report the PDMP program for veterinarians is doing much better than it was when I last wrote for this column. I spoke with the Department of Health and Human Services this week and was relieved to learn they have almost 300 hospitals and veterinarians reporting on the system in the state, as compared to the 26 registered in June.
The comments they are hearing from veterinarians are encouraging, with most saying the system is easier to use than expected. I asked if there were specific areas where improvement could be made. The biggest one is due to the fact that each prescription needs its own unique prescription number. If the number is repeated, the newer one is deleted from the system and this causes problems for the dispensing prescriber. There is a “How to Guide” on the DHHS website for you to reference if you need information on how to assign unique numbers to the prescriptions you are registering.
Another point of confusion for some is how to find the NDC number on certain medication bottles, for example torbutrol. Felicia Quintana-Zinn with the DHHS would be happy to help with questions of this manner. You may call her directly at (402) 471-0379.
Lastly, please be cognizant of how many days can be prescribed of the medication at one time. This, as well as the allowable number of refills in a certain time frame, is based on the class of the medication, and the DEA website is a good source for this information.
On another note, several of you have approached me about how to find associate veterinarians to join your practice. I have been made aware of a veterinary job fair being held through Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery on October 20, 2018. If you are interested in more information, click here.
In closing, thank you again for this opportunity to serve you and our profession. I look forward to seeing you at the NVMA/UNL tailgate: watch for more details on this! AND, if you haven’t already, mark your calendar for the NVMA Annual Conference. We will be back in Kearney January 24-26, 2019. See you there!