Veterinary learners and leaders will be excited to hear we’ve recently added nine webinars to our continuing education (CE) course catalog on AVMA Axon. This brings the Axon digital library to more than 30 on-demand courses.
The new additions cover a wide range of topics, from pet insurance to technician utilization to online reputation, and much more. They’re available to all veterinary professionals, and free of charge for AVMA and Student AVMA (SAVMA) members.
The new courses are:
- Navigating the Winds of Economic Change: Gain a solid understanding of today’s economy from AVMA’s chief economist, Matt Salois, Ph.D., and come away with action steps to help you prepare for what’s to come. You’ll learn to identify and parse current economic conditions and appreciate the trends in innovation that are impacting the veterinary profession.
- What it Takes to Build a Career in One Health: Learn about education, employment, and workforce development in the One Health arena from Dr. Eri Togami of the One Health Institute at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Find out what One Health workers do, the types of organizations they work for, how they find their positions, and more.
- Protecting Your Online Reputation: Learn strategies and practical steps you can take to prevent cyberbullying attacks and protect your online reputation. Dr. Caitlin DeWilde, veterinarian and founder of the consulting firm The Social DVM, covers how to manage your social media feeds, attract positive reviews, and safeguard your reputation in the digital age.
- How Well Do You Utilize Veterinary Technicians?: Discover what optimal utilization of veterinary technicians can look like and explore how your practice measures up against other practices and current standards. Veterinary technician specialist Ken Yagi addresses obstacles that may prevent you from fully leveraging technicians’ skills and methods to overcome these obstacles.
- Consolidation Counterpoint: Explore a wide range of exit strategies, other than selling to a consolidator, that can put an exiting owner on firm financial footing while also providing for ongoing veterinary ownership of the practice. Dr. Link Welborn, president of Veterinary Study Groups, discusses key aspects and staging of the succession process, and examines arithmetic and exit strategies utilized in an actual case.
- Pet Insurance: Better Care and Practice Outcomes: Learn how to have quality conversations with clients about the benefits of pet insurance and assist them in making choices that are right for their situation. AVMA Chief Economist Matt Salois, Ph.D., and Assistant Director of Statistical Analysis Charlotte Hansen discuss what research studies tell us about the value of pet health insurance, and the practical experiences of other veterinary teams.
- Running your Practice: Benefits of Lean Management: Discover the benefits of lean management and learn how to implement it in your practice. Veterinarian and writer Dr. Chip Ponsford and management consultant Mark Graban discuss how lean management can help you provide greater value to clients with more efficiency, better resource utilization, and increased employee engagement.
- Caring for Pets of the Sick and Elderly: Learn about community programs you can connect with to help local hospice and palliative care patients keep and care for their pets. Dianne McGill, founder of Pet Peace of Mind, and Drs. Bob Lester and Mia Cary discuss how you can support elderly and ill pet owners in your community.
- To Cook or Not to Cook? Pros and Cons of Raw Diet: Learn about the benefits and risks of raw meat-based diets, owner motivations for choosing a raw diet for pets, and clinical recommendations your clients should be aware of. Board-certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Deborah Linder shares peer-reviewed studies about human and animal health risks associated with raw diets, and recommendations for keeping staff and animals safe when treating a pet who may have consumed contaminated food.
Each webinar offers 1 hour of CE credit.
Have you been certified in workplace wellbeing?
More than 500 people have already started on AVMA’s Workplace Wellbeing Certificate Program, offered through AVMA Axon. If you’re not one of them, what are you waiting for? The program teaches all members of the veterinary team crucial skills to promote a culture of workplace wellbeing. It’s comprised of five modules that can be taken individually or completed as a unit, culminating in an AVMA Workplace Wellbeing Certificate of Completion.
- Creating a Culture of Wellbeing
- How to Request, Receive, and Give Feedback Effectively
- Transforming Conflict
- QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training
- Diversity and Inclusion
The certificate program is free for AVMA and SAVMA members, and costs $75 for nonmembers. Learn more and get started here.