Topics for Veterinary Professionals
Navigating the Muddy Waters of Pharmacy: Improving Communication and Reducing Errors
Presented by: Kate Boatright, VMD and Lauren Eichstadt-Forsythe PharmD
Veterinarians in private practice face many challenges when it comes to pet medications as the market rapidly expands beyond the clinic. U.S. pet owners will spend an estimated $10.2 billion on pet prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in 2018. This is an attractive market for retail and online pharmacies, and increasing numbers of clients request portable prescriptions.
Both veterinarians and pharmacists have legal and ethical obligations when it comes to prescription medication. Veterinarians are ethically bound to provide written prescriptions to clients who request them by the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics. Pharmacists are legally required to verify the accuracy and validity of each prescription and advise clients on potential side effects and drug interactions. When there are large differences in dosage or side effects between the same drug in animals and humans, problems arise if pharmacists are not aware of the species-specific information.
Since the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 survey on prescription errors, the awareness of serious medication errors has increased in both the veterinary and pharmacy communities. It is important to remember that many of these medication errors are preventable through improved training and communication on both sides.
Join a practicing private practice veterinarian and licensed pharmacist as we discuss the current state of pharmacy issues. We will review common sources of errors in veterinary prescriptions including unclear prescriptions, dispensing of the incorrect medication, and recommending incorrect dosage changes. Suggestions for preventing these errors and techniques for building a successful working relationship with local pharmacists will be a focus of this lecture. Additionally, we will discuss new challenges facing veterinarians when dealing with online pharmacies and potential for counterfeit medication.
It Takes a Village: A Team Approach to Supporting Early Career Veterinarians
Has your practice recently hired a new or recent graduate veterinarian? Have you heard that many new veterinarians leave their first practice within a year of graduation? Are you worried about this happening to you?
Mentorship is crucial to the success of new veterinarians and can reduce turnover. A lack of support is among the leading reasons that veterinarians leave their first practice. While it is essential to have a veterinarian in the primary role of mentor, there is a role for every member of the team. Even with the best mentor veterinarian, the lack of a supportive team can be a deal breaker.
Understanding the mindset of early career veterinarians can help team members work more effectively with them. These young veterinarians often feel incompletely prepared for life in clinical practice and may struggle with feelings of imposter syndrome. The mental and emotional stress of these feelings are often compounded by the financial stress of school debt. New graduates want to succeed and thrive in their chosen career, but they need help to do so.
The primary goal of this talk is to discuss a team approach to supporting early career veterinarians. With a supportive team environment, your practice is more likely to retain your new veterinary hire. Learn more about the mindset of early career veterinarians and how each member of the team can help recent graduates gain confidence and develop into the best veterinarian they can be.
Attracting Early Career Veterinarians to Your Practice in the Age of the Associate Veterinarian Shortage
Clinics around the country are struggling to fill open positions in the face of a nationwide veterinarian shortage. The good news is that new veterinarians are entering the workforce annually as they complete their veterinary training. But with job openings far outnumbering the number of candidates, how can your clinic attract one of these young veterinarians?
While salary and tangible benefits such as health insurance, continuing education allowance, and paid time off are often similar between clinics, workplace culture and mentorship set clinics apart. It is these intangible benefits, along with new technology, flexible scheduling, student loan assistance and more, that are increasingly important to young veterinarians.
In this lecture, we will discuss what young veterinarians want from a job using data collected from third- and fourth-year students completing the Veterinary Business Management Association’s Business Certificate with Honors program as well as experiences of early career veterinarians. Using this information, attendees will learn how to identify and communicate their value to the job applicant pool.