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This year's Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) is just around the corner - are you ready? Held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 4-8, this year's WVC offers in-depth sessions, hands-on learning opportunities, a full exhibit hall, and a number of great outdoor adventures.
Chances are that if you can only attend one conference this year, you’re heading to VMX: Veterinary Meeting & Expo (formerly the NAVC Conference) in February. This post shares the highlights of the conference so you know exactly how to make the most of your visit!
Intestinal parasite infections are common everywhere and even more so in dogs living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I own my small veterinary practice. For years, I evaluated and diagnosed pets with in-house fecal flotation with centrifugation but always saw variability in my test results, misdiagnosis of parasites, and false negative results. Recognizing the importance of accurately diagnosing intestinal parasites, I made the change from in-house fecal flotation tests with centrifugation to fecal antigen testing and fecal flotation with centrifugation at the reference lab. This transition drastically increased the number of patients I diagnose with intestinal parasites. Because of this, I now feel confident that I am practicing the best quality medicine.
Section 179 of the IRS tax code addresses how business owners deduct the purchase of big-ticket equipment on their tax returns. For 2017, the limit for deductions is $510,000! For veterinary practices, these purchases—even those financed through a lease agreement—represent a terrific opportunity to save big on taxes.
Animal shelters and veterinary clinics in Indiana are reporting significant increases in cases of parvovirus, a potentially deadly virus that threatens dogs and puppies. Area veterinarians are working to educate pet owners regarding the severity of the disease, and the need for all dogs to be vaccinated.