American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is proud to be home to Partners for Healthy Pets, a profession-wide initiative comprised of animal health companies, non-profit organizations, state veterinary medical associations and colleges of veterinary medicine. Partners for Healthy Pets’ mission is to ensure that pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian. While the percentage of preventable illnesses is on the rise in our beloved pets, the percentage of America’s 130 million cats and dogs who visit a veterinarian for a regular checkup is on the decline. Partners for Healthy Pets provides information and resources for veterinary healthcare teams to help promote preventive healthcare for all patients in their practices. The result is healthier patients and healthier practices!
A yearly checkup is the best way to keep your pet as healthy as possible – because it’s much easier to prevent disease than to treat it. Whether your dog frolics at the park with all the neighborhood pups, or the closest your cat gets to the great outdoors is a sunny windowsill, every pet needs to see their vet – at least once a year! Partners for Healthy Pets offers a website for pet owners that brings awareness to the importance of regular checkups for their pets and answers common pet owner questions about preventive healthcare. Partners for Healthy Pets is committed to a vision of improved overall health for pets. PHP provides tools that help communicate the value and benefit of preventive care, enhance the veterinary client relationship, and improve the overall quality of preventive healthcare provided for patients.
Simply click below to gain free access to the cutting edge tools that can give you and your practice team everything you need to make a profound and long lasting impact in your practice and on your pet loving community. From improving your staff’s communications skills to bringing back inactive clients, there’s a PHP tool that can benefit even the best of practices!
Welcome to Heroes for Healthy Pets
Dogs that are social or visit pet businesses, such as doggie daycares and boarding facilities are at risk for infectious diseases. Better understanding of infectious diseases and preventative care, including strategic vaccination, based on the 2017 AAHA Vaccination Guidelines and effective cleaning protocols, can help keep pets healthy. The Heroes for Healthy Pets certification program was created to help veterinary professionals and pet businesses create facilities dedicated to being disease free. The goals of this program are to present best practices for disease prevention and control. The Heroes for Healthy Pets certification is open to all veterinary and pet professionals.
Heroes for Healthy Pets provides two hours of RACE-approved continuing education credits for veterinary professionals, two hours of PACCC approved continuing education units for pet professionals, and two hours of PACCC and CPPS® approved continuing education units for pet professionals. Melissa Bourgeois, DVM, PhD, DACVM graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 with a DVM, and in 2010 with a PhD in veterinary medicine. Dr. Bourgeois became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in virology and immunology. He obtained his PhD in Pathobiology at the University of Guelph and his Masters of Preventive Medicine at the University of California, Davis.
Michelle Evason, BSc, DVM, DACVIM is a small animal internist currently working on a PhD at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She received her DVM and DACVIM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Heroes for Healthy Pets is co-sponsored by the International Boarding and Pet Services Association, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians, Pet Sitters International, Barkleigh Productions, and VETgirl and is powered by Clorox Healthcare and Nobivac® vaccines.
Pet Health Care Is Getting More Advanced and Expensive.
More health issues have emerged, including a bout with pneumonia and a hospital visit for gallbladder and liver problems. Altogether, she estimates she’s spent more than $30,000 on his medical care. Decades ago, medical facilities like the Animal Medical Center, which opened at its current location in 1962, were a rarity. Today, they’re sprinkled across the U.S. There’s the Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Annapolis, Maryland, the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, and the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, all of which offer a level of treatment comparable to human medicine.
For previous generations of owners, when a pet received a life-threatening diagnosis, the next step was painful, but preordained: Euthanasia. Today, when a pet is very sick, that’s when the decision-making starts. At the Animal Medical Center, the outcome can be very expensive. For humans medical costs there’s a solution, if an imperfect one: Health insurance, in which the bulk of medical expenses are passed on to insurers. As pet health care continues to track human health care, some owners have decided the same equation makes financial sense.
That’s the message Rusty Sproat, the founder and CEO of Figo Pet Insurance, a cloud-based pet health care insurance startup aimed at millennials, is pushing. As costs continues to increase – Americans spent a record $15.4 billion on vet services last year, up from $8.6 billion in 2005 – that will likely change, says Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Product Association. Many owners now demand the same level of care for their pets as their families, says Dr. Chick Weisse, a staff surgeon and head of interventional radiology at the Animal Medical Center.