Day 1: National Pet Dental Healthcare month
I’m going to take a minute to brag on my awesome employees. We have completed more than 90 hours of continuing education since January 1, 2017! We are prepared to perform dental cleanings under general anesthesia for our patients. P.S. the state of Arkansas only requires me, a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to complete 20 hours in a calendar year. My staff is amazing!
We spent an entire Saturday learning from Mary Berg, a Registered Veterinary Technician, who has been admitted to the prestigious Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. She is a big deal! She spent hours with us doing hands-on training as well as book knowledge. She perfected our skills taking dental x-rays and cleaning teeth. Mary came from Kansas City to give us the extra boost!
Another Saturday we spent with Jennifer Sager Certified Veterinary Technician who was admitted to the Academy of Veterinary Anesthesia Technicians. Jennifer came to us all the way from The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She teaches anesthesia to veterinary doctoral students for her Monday-Friday job. She spent her time with us teaching everyone, even Chez and Bree (they sit at the front desk) about performing anesthesia. We are now more prepared and better at monitoring anesthesia.
Did I mention that we are one of only 9 AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) veterinary hospitals in the state of Arkansas? Woot WOOT! I am so proud of my staff and all of their hard work. Our patients, their parents, and I are so extremely lucky to have Amber, Amanda, Bree, Chez, Kathy and Haley!