Veterinary Views Newsletter

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    The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Gayle B. Brown, a senior lecturer at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as the recipient of the 2018 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis. Read about it in the current issue of Veterinary Views, the NVMA quarterly newsletter.

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    Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association President Victoria Winfield, DVM, offers thanks to Birthing Pavilion volunteers, provides an update on the White Coat ceremony at Iowa State University, and updates you on implementation of the prescription drug monitoring program in her column in the current issue of the Veterinary Views newsletter. READ MORE


    Renew or Join

    It is time to renew your NVMA membership for 2019 -- or to join if you're not a member -- and qualify for the member discount on registration for the 2019 Annual Conference. Click here to join or renew. If you wish to pay your dues by check or pay for multiple memberships, download a hard-copy membership form by clicking here

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    Also: Birthing Pavilion and online training course. see more

    MANHATTAN, KANSAS -- Dr. Michael Moore, Surprise, Arizona, has been selected by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award was presented during the Alumni Awards Brunch at the Alumni Reunion Weekend on June 2. Dr. Moore (photo) is a former President of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Read the full story about his recognition in the latest issue of the NVMA's quarterly newsletter, Veterinary Views.


    Volunteer Now for the Livestock Birthing Pavilion

    The NVMA is looking for volunteers to help in the Birthing Pavilion at the Nebraska State Fair. This is open to veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students.

    Click here to sign up

    The dates run from Friday, August 24 to Monday, September 3. There are three shifts per day that run 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. A scrub top will be provided for you. The state fair will provide entry tickets for you and your family.

    Please contact Dr. Missy Lemons at 308-382-6330 or Crystal Lewandowski at 308-382-6330 if you have any additional questions. 

    Thank you in advance for your continued support of this public awareness event.


    VHMA and ACT Collaborate to Offer the First Veterinary Management Specific Course: Becoming A Training Expert

    ALACHUA, FLORIDA ---The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) and ACT Online Training have partnered to offer the industry’s only veterinary specific course on training. Becoming A Training Expert is designed to increase employee efficiency, improve employee morale and retention and streamline training costs. Upon completion participants will receive a VHMA approved certificate in veterinary practice training and facilitation.

    The Course

    Become A Training Expert, a VHMA certificate course, is a critical resource for developing the entire veterinary team. The course focuses on training methods, practical techniques and the application of adult learning principles and outlines a step-by-step formula that participants can follow to implement comprehensive ongoing training that will energize and inspire the veterinary team.

    The course provides a host of tools and resources including 10 powerful modules, more than 50 videos, worksheets, interactive activities and a manager’s toolkit. Participants receive 16 hours of CE and three-month access to ACT Online Training.

    Facilitated by Julie Poncier, CVPM, a veterinary practice management consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry, Poncier targets leadership development, veterinary team training and improving the work environment to ensure the success of the practice.

    For a limited time the course is available for the introductory price of $699 (regular rate is $999) and includes 3-month access to ACT Online Training.

    Click here for more information or to register

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    The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has completed all testing of herds related epidemiologically to South Dakota’s Tuberculosis (TB)-infected herds discovered in 2017, according to the report from State Veterinarian Dennis Hughes, DVM, in the current issue of the NVMA's Veterinary Views. This was an arduous process, (over 15 months) which began when South Dakota discovered an infected herd in February 2017, and another herd in November 2017. With the assistance of regional USDA-Veterinary Services personnel, NDA worked on 198 “trace events” to Nebraska herds, related to the two South Dakota infected herds. South Dakota was still sending trace events as recently as May of this year. Read the full report in the July-September Veterinary Views.

     

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    The NVMA is looking for volunteers to help in the Birthing Pavilion at the Nebraska State Fair. This is open to veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students.

    Click here to sign up

    The dates run from Friday, August 24 to Monday, September 3. There are three shifts per day that run 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. A scrub top will be provided for you. The state fair will provide entry tickets for you and your family.

    Please contact Dr. Missy Lemons at 308-382-6330 or Crystal Lewandowski at 308-382-6330 if you have any additional questions. 

    Thank you in advance for your continued support of this public awareness event.


    SVMBS Continues to Evolve

    Clayton Kelling, DVM, PhD, writes in the current issue of the NVMA quarterly newsletter Veterinary Views:

    The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center had the opportunity to host the Summer NVMA Meeting, June 14-16, 2018. This meeting was a landmark event for our school that featured our new facilities. It was a great opportunity for NVMA members and our faculty to interact. We look forward to hosting future NVMA meetings.

    The School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences continues to evolve as changes occur in our faculty as a result of retirements and strategic recruitment of new faculty. Read the full SVMBS update in Veterinary Views.

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    Also: PDMP is in effect; new tax laws. see more

    NVMA President Victoria Winfield, DVM, recounts her attendance at graduation events for the newest members of the veterinary medicine profession in Nebraska.

    Dr. Winfield also serves up news on what's ahead for the rest of the summer in her column for the latest issue of the NVMA's quarterly newsletter, Veterinary Views. Read the full column here.


    PDMP In Effect as of July 1

    As of July 1, 2018, Nebraska's prescription drug monitoring law is in effect for veterinarians. The NVMA offers this page of PDMP resources to help you comply with the law.


    New Tax Laws Might Give Veterinarians an Edge

    The Supreme Court decision allowing states to require online retailers to collect and remit sales tax may complicate business for some but is likely to help others, including veterinarians, says AVMA President-elect Dr. John de Jong. Veterinarians who must collect sales tax have lost sales of medications and food to online retailers, and Dr. de Jong says his own practice loses more than $75,000 in such sales every year. Read more.

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    Centennial Foundation report in Veterinary Views. see more

    The 2018 recipient of the NVMA Past Presidents’ Leadership Award is Aaron Colwell. A native of Coleridge, Nebraska, Aaron did his undergraduate coursework at UNL where he was active in the Pre-Vet Club and served as its President in 2015. He did well academically, was selected to the Dean’s List and accepted into the 2+2 program in 2016. Learn more about Aaron and the NVMA Centennial Foundation in the latest issue of Veterinary Views

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    The latest issue of the NVMA's quarterly newsletter Veterinary Views includes a useful article from the American Veterinary Medical Association on the impact of the new tax law on veterinarians. Several provisions of the law likely will affect veterinary hospitals and their owners, according to a veterinary business, financial and tax advisor. Read the article here


    Quarterly Membership Survey

    The Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) Board's strategic initiatives for this year include quarterly membership surveys. These brief surveys will help us stay in touch with your wants and needs and preferences.

    The second quarterly membership survey is about the benefits of NVMA membership. Please take a few minutes to answer our short survey by clicking here.


    Prescription Drug Monitoring Information for Veterinarians

    Beginning July 1, 2018 in Nebraska, a veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act will be required to report a dispensed prescription of controlled substances listed on Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV pursuant to section 28-405.  (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-2454 (4)).

    The Nebraska prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is developed through legislative bills passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2011, with system enhancements made in 2016 and 2017.

    The NVMA has added a PDMP Resources page, which will be updated with new information as it becomes available from the State of Nebraska. The page includes a link to the state-prepared spreadsheet on reporting capabilities of the various practice-management software products. View the page here.

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    The defusing of a "tuberculosis bomb" . . . an update on RFID tags for cattle . . . brushes with Brucellosis -- these topics and more are covered in the latest report from Nebraska State Veterinarian Dennis Hughes, DVM. Read Dr. Hughes' column in the latest issue of the Veterinary Views newsletter.


    Scam Alert: Beware Callers Impersonating the DEA

    The AVMA@Work blog raises a scam-alert warning: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reports that registrants have been receiving fraudulent telephone calls and emails from con artists claiming to represent the DEA or other law enforcement agencies. The callers mask their telephone number on caller ID by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. The con artists tell victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. These phone calls are not coming from the DEA. More information.


    Prescription Drug Monitoring for Veterinarians

    Beginning July 1, 2018 in Nebraska, a veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act will be required to report a dispensed prescription of controlled substances listed on Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV pursuant to section 28-405.  (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-2454 (4)).

    The Nebraska prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is developed through legislative bills passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2011, with system enhancements made in 2016 and 2017.

    Here are some resources to help you prepare for the implementation of the PDMP for veterinarians:

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    The NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation has established two new endowed scholarships.  The new scholarships were endowed by Dr. Robert and Sharon Rhoades and the Schuyler Veterinary Clinic, owned and operated by Dr. Wendell and Sharon Bohmont. 

    In addition, the Foundation was the recipient of a generous donation from NVMA District 6. Read about more Foundation news in the current Veterinary Views newsletter.


    Prescription Drug Monitoring for Veterinarians

    Beginning July 1, 2018 in Nebraska, a veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act will be required to report a dispensed prescription of controlled substances listed on Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV pursuant to section 28-405.  (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-2454 (4)).

    The Nebraska prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is developed through legislative bills passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2011, with system enhancements made in 2016 and 2017.

    Here are some resources to help you prepare for the implementation of the PDMP for veterinarians:


    Pet Industry Spending Just Short of $70 Billion

    Companion animal owners spent $69.5 billion on their pets in 2017, according to the latest figures from the American Pet Products Association. While pet food continues to account for the single greatest source of spending, veterinary care spending remains the second highest at $17.07 billion, up 7 percent from 2016. MORE.

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    Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) President Victoria Winfield, DVM, of Hastings looks ahead to her year at the helm of the Association in the column she wrote for the April-June issue of Veterinary Views, the NVMA quarterly newsletter.

    Here is an excerpt:

    As incoming President, my goal is to positively represent the profession to the best of my ability, promote better communication and organization for the Board and all members, and continue to promote the important role of veterinarians and our association throughout our state.

    Assisting me in achieving this goal is a board powered 100 percent by volunteer NVMA members. Each one has a specific area of focus, and each brings a diversity of thought, talent and passion to the board. I have appointed the at-large board members and had brief discussions with each of the Committee chairs.

    It is my hope that any members with a desire to reach out to me or any of the Board members will do so, and together we can make this great organization even better.  Read the full column.


    Prescription Drug Monitoring for Veterinarians

    Beginning July 1, 2018 in Nebraska, a veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act will be required to report a dispensed prescription of controlled substances listed on Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV pursuant to section 28-405.  (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-2454 (4)).

    The Nebraska prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is developed through legislative bills passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2011, with system enhancements made in 2016 and 2017.

    Here are some resources to help you prepare for the implementation of the PDMP for veterinarians:

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    The NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation scholarship selection committee has awarded a total of $21,500 to the 22 qualified applicants for this year's fall/winter scholarships. More information and a list of scholarship recipients is in the current issue of Veterinary Views (click here).


    Human-Animal Bond Certification Course

    The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) have unveiled Human Animal Bond Certified—a new certification course for practicing veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and veterinary practice managers. Read more.


    Computer Games and Older Dogs

    Veterinarians at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna trained elderly dogs to play computer games like pointing at a moving dot with their nose. Researchers say the positive feeling created by solving a mental challenge for dogs is comparable to that of older people when they learn something new. Read more.

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    For Roy Gehrt, DVM, his year as President of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 2017 was a whirlwind of activity. Dr. Gehrt was inspired by his experiences with you, the members of the Association, and he is grateful to the many good people who supported him.

    Read Dr. Gehrt's farewell column in the current issue of the NVMA's quarterly newsletter, Veterinary Views.

    The NVMA President's job for 2018 passes to Victoria Winfield, DVM, of Hastings, Nebraska. The current issue of Veterinary Views has information on this year's leadership team and their installation at the 2018 Annual Conference.

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    These are exciting times for the University of Nebraska School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

    Faculty are gaining certifications, awards, grants and recognitions. The Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine is offering a new course. You can read about all of it in the SVMBS update from Director Clayton Kelling, PhD, DVM in the current issue of the Veterinary Views newsletter.

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    Exactly what is the Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program? Who is eligible for its services, and what are the costs involved?

    The answer to the first question: The Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program (NE LAP) provides alcohol/substance use assessments, referral assistance, case management/monitoring, and educational sessions for people credentialed by the DHHS Licensure Unit, which oversees Best Care Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) provision of these services.  Best Care EAP is a service of the Nebraska Methodist Health System in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Answers about eligibility and cost, along with answers to other frequently asked questions, may be found in the latest issue of the NVMA's Veterinary Views newsletter.


    Brief reminders on some important upcoming dates:

    Fall Scholarship Applications

    The fall deadline to apply for Centennial Scholarship Foundation student scholarships is October 15, 2017. Details here.

    NVMA Annual Awards

    The deadline for nominations for the NVMA's annual awards program is November 1, 2017. Details here.

    Pet Hero Nominations

    We are still looking for nominations for the NVMA Animal Hall of Fame. Details here.