TVMA Blog

16 Aug Trust Your Veterinarian With Your Horse’s Dental Work

Most horse owners have been told that a horse’s teeth wear and change as horses age, and that teeth need to be “floated” throughout the animal’s life.  Many owners are aware of signs that a horse needs immediate dental attention, such as dropping food, “quidding,” (dropping clumps of half-chewed hay or grass), weight loss, holding the head to one side while eating, or even aversion to the bit while bridling or under saddle. However, many owners aren’t aware of the reasons why a licensed veterinarian should perform the annual dental exam...

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19 Jul AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD)

The AVMA has developed the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD), encompassing prospective veterinary clinical studies in a variety of species and disciplines. It currently has 145 published studies and is continuing to add new ones daily. You can read an introduction regarding the AAHSD in the most recent issue of JAVMA....

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21 Jun 6 Reasons Your Dog Should See a Vet Each Year

Preventative care is critical for your pet’s long, healthy life.  During a routine visit, your veterinarian will ask you a series of questions regarding your dog’s normal behavior, diet, exercise, and more. Among the reasons to schedule his or her annual check-up with a veterinarian are: Annual vaccinations, such as rabies and, if your dog is frequently boarded, kennel cough Annual parasite control, including bloodwork to be sure your dog is heartworm negative; fecal to check for intestinal parasites; and renewal of medication to keep him heartworm, flea, tick, and intestinal...

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01 Mar Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Statement on Skunks as Pets

As a matter of public health, skunks do not make ‘safe’ or ‘good’ pets. Even when bred in captivity, skunks are at risk of contracting rabies, just as a pet cat or dog would be. However, there is not currently an FDA approved rabies vaccine for use in skunks. So far this year, there have been as many skunks positive for rabies as all other species combined. The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association feels a very real concern for public health implications should skunks be allowed as pets....

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22 Jan TVMA Announces New Member Benefit

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association is proud to present our members and supporters with a wonderful benefit program! Through TVMA, our members can now receive savings of up to 80% on office and school supplies from Office Depot/OfficeMax.  Click here for more information....

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20 Jan Program Designed for Equine Practitioners

Equine Practitioners: Join us at the MCVC for an outstanding program just for you. Overview of Articular and Tendon Therapies, Judicious Use of Corticosteroids and Antibiotics - Dr. Amy Poulin - Saturday, February 27 Ethics and Jurisprudence in Equine Veterinary Practice - Dr. Jeff Berk - Saturday, February 27 Review and Update on Equine Infectious Disease - Dr. Nicol Pusterla - Sunday, February 28...

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22 Dec Thank You for Your Support of TVMF on #GivingTuesday

If you missed the opportunity to donate to the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Foundation on #GivingTuesday, you can still support the TVMF programs, such as scholarships for veterinary and veterinary technician students, educational programs, and the Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame. Click here to make your donation....

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22 Dec Clinic Flyers Available on Antimicrobial Use

The AVMA has developed two new clinic fliers to educate cat and dog owners about appropriate antimicrobial use. It’s also releasing two new documents providing do’s and don’ts for veterinarians treating cats and dogs with antimicrobials.  Click here for more information....

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22 Dec Online Consulting

Recently, in the veterinary press and trade magazines, there have been mentions of new companies being launched that will, for a fee, allow pet owners to video chat with a veterinarian about their pet. TVMA has reviewed the available information and wanted to warn our members that participation in such a venture may constitute a violation of the Tennessee Veterinary Practice Act and might expose a participating veterinarian to disciplinary action by the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Click here for more information....

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15 Nov AVMA Panel to Scrutinize Telemedicine

The practice of telemedicine remains an unresolved issue in veterinary medicine. AVMA leadership made a recommendation that telemedicine be among the topics covered by the new AVMA Practice Advisory Panel. Tennessee is one of five states that has provisions that specify that a veterinary-client-patient relationship cannot be established solely through telephonic or electronic means. Click here for details....

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