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November 01, 2021

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AVMA provides new resources on curbside care, telehealth

The AVMA has developed a flyer on “Making Curbside Care Efficient” (PDF) and is offering a webinar titled “Telehealth: Real-World Use of AVMA’s Guidelines.”

Some veterinary practices have decided curbside care is working so well for them that they plan to continue offering it as a regular service moving past the COVID-19 pandemic. The new flyer compiles tips from practices that are using telehealth to make curbside care more efficient. The flyer also includes a sample workflow that shows what curbside care might look like in a practice when used in tandem with telehealth.

The AVMA developed the flyer in collaboration with Anipanion, which provides veterinary telehealth services.

Fanned flyer pages: Making Curbside Care Efficient”

The on-demand webinar on the AVMA’s telehealth guidelines gives an overview of the laws and regulations pertaining to the delivery of veterinary telehealth services, examines potential uses of telehealth, and discusses how to monetize telehealth visits.

Presenting the webinar is Dr. Lori Teller, AVMA president-elect and clinical associate professor of telehealth at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The webinar offers one hour of continuing education credit and is free for AVMA and Student AVMA members. The cost is $25 for nonmembers.

Generic antimicrobial approved by FDA

Federal drug officials approved a generic version of an antimicrobial used to treat infections in cats and dogs.

On Aug. 18, Food and Drug Administration officials approved a generic version of Zoetis’ Clavamox, which contains amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium for oral suspension. Cronus Pharma Specialties India Private Ltd. received the approval for the generic version.

The drug is used to treat skin, soft tissue, and periodontal bacterial infections in dogs as well as skin, soft tissue, and urinary tract bacterial infections in cats, FDA information states. Amoxicillin trihydrate kills a variety of bacteria, and clavulanic acid broadens the drug’s activity by inhibiting beta-lactamase enzymes that can destroy the amoxicillin, agency information states.

Veterinary hospital company offers $100k signing bonuses

The CareVet veterinary hospital network has been advertising bonuses ranging from $60,000 to $100,000 to veterinarians who join the company in one of 27 locations.

The company offered the bonuses for veterinarians who joined the company through the end of October and has been considering expanding the sign-on bonus program as a long-term incentive, according to an announcement and company spokesperson Emma Ehll. The company is requiring three-year contracts to receive the bonuses.

At press time, CareVet was offering the $100,000 bonuses for two positions in Northwest Indiana and bonuses of $60,000 or $90,000 for positions in another 25 locations, according to company information. At least two positions in the bonus program have been filled since the original announcement, which described openings in 19 states.

In the announcement, CareVet CEO Greg Siwak said his company strives to lead the veterinary industry and improve standards for animal health professionals.

“Fair compensation, opportunities for development, and sharing in our successes are all a part of that,” he said.

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