June 2013



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Medical Errors: How not to throw your colleague under the bus

For many veterinarians, being confronted with a mistake (or more accurately an alleged mistake) made by another veterinarian is a daunting ethical dilemma. Fortunately, there are many resources available to veterinarians to help guide their decision making in such situations. 

The purpose of this article is to:

  • describe the absolute minimum threshold you should meet before you consider criticizing another veterinarian's care;
  • outline the importance of getting ALL of the facts; and
  • provide tips on what you might say when speaking to clients (and potentially the veterinarian whose actions are being questioned) in these delicate situations.

Pet Medications & Internet Pharmacies - A Treatment Plan:

Navigate, Survive, & Thrive!

The issues surrounding the supply, sale, and distribution of pet medications are likely familiar ones to most veterinary practitioners. Requests for written prescriptions from price-shopping clients and approval of Internet pharmacy auto-refills have become commonplace. The controversy surrounding pet meds is a sensitive issue for practitioners and consumers alike. Even the most accommodating veterinarians have likely winced a few times at the sight of an overflowing fax machine tray or email inbox filled with internet pharmacy requests. Similarly, even some of the most loyal clients have started worrying about price-gouging and are looking to alternative sources for pet medications.

Over the next few months we are going to discuss and provide a treatment plan to help veterinarians to survive internet pharmacies.


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In This Issue
Medical Errors: How to not throw your colleague under the bus
Internet Pharmaices
Extern Bronwyn Orr
Texas Supreme Court Ruling
 VBA Welcomes Extern Bronwyn Orr

Bronwyn Orr is a final year veterinary student from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. After completing several externships with a state veterinary departments focusing on disease prevention and biosecurity, Bronwyn became interested in animal and veterinary policy development. When she saw the externship program at VBA, she thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about the law and how it pertains to veterinarians. Additionally it meant she was able to travel to the other side of the world, which is always a bonus. Bronwyn has done work for WWF, the RSPCA and several zoos in Australia. She has an associate diploma in Speech and Drama and Communications from Trinity College in London, writes regularly for literary journals in Australia and is a stellar waitress at a Mexican restaurant, which helps pay for vet school. In her free time she enjoys walking her dogs on the beach or trail running. Bronwyn aims to get into public policy and agricultural market access with the federal department of agriculture.

Texas Supreme Court Ruling

The Texas Supreme Court reversed an appellate court ruling that allowed a family to seek emotional damages for a pet.  The court stated while they acknowledge the emotional attachment to pets, they must base damages on the law versus an owner's subjective feelings.  In the eyes of the law, pets are property.  The court was concerned if they allowed sentiment-based damages there would be a flood of pet based claims.  This would increase liability to veterinarians, shelters and even dog sitters. 

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