Dear Member,                                        

School is out for the summer, so there will be NO monthly meetings during the months of June, July, and August. A huge thank you goes out to our bronze sponsors, SVP and roo.vet for our May meeting featuring Dr. Andre Shih! The feedback for the last meeting was overwhelmingly positive, and hopefully you learned something new.

It has come to our attention that Walmart sells dog vaccines--they are currently available for order on their website (through third party vendors). This is one more example of veterinary products being diverted to questionable channels for profit, and it negatively affects both veterinarians as well as our clients and patients. Remind pet owners that a rabies vaccine must be administered by (or under direct supervision of) a licensed veterinarian. While other core and non-core vaccines are for sale at feed stores, improper storage of the vaccine can result in inactivation, and user error upon administration can result in insufficient immunity. When we develop and nurture the veterinarian-client-patient relationship, we have a better platform in which to educate clients on when vaccines are important, and also when they are not recommended, which can vary from pet to pet. Having an individualistic approach shows that we care, and that not one size fits all.

For canine vaccine guidelines: vhttps://www.aaha.org/guidelines/canine_vaccination_guidelines/practice_vaccination.aspx (last updated 2018)

For feline vaccine guidelines: https://catvets.com/guidelines/practice-guidelines/feline-vaccination-guidelines (last updated 2013)


Respectfully submitted,

Jaclyn Ong, DVM
HCVMA President 2019

 




Respectfully submitted, 

Jaclyn Ong, DVM 
HCVMA President 2019