Onward and upward in the veterinary profession

Onward and upward in the veterinary profession

We'll have to keep calm and carry on without our fearless leader.
Oct 01, 2011

I'll be honest: I wasn't thrilled with the latest change around the office. I was, of course, happy for our former editor Kerry Hillard Johnson and her new career opportunity. But the selfish part of me wanted her to continue working with our fantastic editorial group.

Since Kerry took over as Firstline editor in 2008, we've taken great strides toward becoming the go-to resource for veterinary team members. Our website, http://dvm360.com, has grown by leaps and bounds—if you're not already stopping by every day, you should be. We've strengthened our partnerships with some of the industry's most well-known and respected leaders, like Shawn McVey and Brian Conrad. (Catch them both at CVC San Diego, Oct. 26 to 30—head to http://thecvc.com to register).

We've also expanded our content far beyond the pages of this magazine. You can download the free http://dvm360.com iPad app for your monthly fix of exclusive articles and photo galleries. And you can connect with us every day on Facebook (http://facebook.com/FirstlineMag) or Twitter (@FirstlineMag).

So now that our fearless leader is gone, it's our responsibility to continue meeting your lofty expectations. And I promise we won't let you down.

To fulfill that promise, we need your help. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for a daily dose of helpful articles or just to chat about how your day's going. Let's continue to build an online network for veterinary team members—one where you can lean on your colleagues for ideas and advice.

But don't stop there. E-mail us at
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We're here for you. Our staff may be changing but our dedication and passion for the veterinary industry remain as strong as ever. So brace yourself—it's going to be an exciting ride.

Steve Bennaka, Content Specialist

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)


The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)


A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)


A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)


An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)


Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.