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August 01, 2021

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AAFP releases new feline end-of-life educational toolkit

The American Association of Feline Practitioners released an online educational toolkit in late May that provides information to help veterinary professionals facilitate a peaceful and painless transition for cats at the end of life.

According to the AAFP, the euthanasia appointment is the last opportunity a veterinarian has to serve a patient, and the experience will have a lasting impact on cat owners. The new toolkit covers options and contingencies to consider when working with cat owners during this crucial step in the relationship with their cat.

The toolkit addresses several key aspects of the euthanasia process, such as quality-of-life discussions, decision-making, the euthanasia experience for both veterinary professionals and cat owners, and how to support a client through final arrangements and beyond. The toolkit also offers answers to frequently asked questions, client resources, and further reading for veterinary professionals.

The document is at AAFP website. The AAFP also provides resources to help cat owners understand more about euthanasia, quality of life, and end-of-life decision-making.

National Check the Chip Day is Aug. 15

National Check the Chip Day August 15The AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association team up each year to co-sponsor national Check the Chip Day on Aug. 15, to remind pet owners about having their pets microchipped and keeping their registration information up to date.

To help veterinarians promote the event, the AVMA and AAHA developed resources with support from microchip manufacturer HomeAgain.

One resource for AVMA members is a flyer that they can print and fill in to provide a record of a pet’s microchip information for the client. The flyer also lists the websites of microchip manufacturers that participate in the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. The tool helps pet owners who do not know where a pet’s microchip is registered.

Another resource is an infographic on microchipping, for embedding on blogs or other websites or for sharing via social media. According to the infographic, “Microchips don’t replace a tag and collar, but they can make all the difference when it comes to getting your pet back.”

Members of the AVMA also have access to a toolkit for Check the Chip Day. The toolkit offers resources on stress-free ways to observe the event, posts and images for social media, a newsletter article, a sample proclamation for a mayor or governor, and a sample press release.

Tuskegee students receive financial, career aid through fellowship

Three Tuskegee University veterinary students will receive financial support, internships, mentoring, and job opportunities through a U.S. Department of Agriculture fellowship.

Patricia Bradley, Kennedy Miller, and Terrance Mitchell are the first participants in a veterinary fellowship program with the Foreign Service of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which is available to Tuskegee students who have completed at least one year of study in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Bradley and Miller are in the veterinary college’s Class of 2023, and Mitchell is in the Class of 2024, an announcement from the college states.

The program provides up to $66,000 annually for 2.5 years, two summer internships at APHIS headquarters in Maryland and a U.S. embassy or consulate, mentoring by APHIS Foreign Service officers, and an offer of employment by the APHIS Foreign Service following graduation.