by Geoff Gardner, DVM
I recently attended a conference, which offered a place for people in the veterinary community an opportunity to share and learn the latest advances available in our profession. Boyette Animal Hospital had eight members of our team in attendance and there was truly something for everyone.
The Veterinarian’s Oath charges us with several professional duties:
· Using our scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare.
· The prevention and relief of animal suffering
· The conservation of animal resources and the promotion of public health
· The advancement of medical knowledge and competence
· The acceptance of a lifelong obligation of the continual improvement of professional knowledge and competence.
It is this final thought that is fulfilled formally at a medical conference. However, it is in fact a lifelong and continual process of learning new information, products, and techniques to enhance the quality and longevity of our patients. The scope of veterinary practice changes at an exponential pace each year, so it requires tremendous effort to stay on the forefront of that change.
Each veterinarian is required as part of licensure to obtain thirty-two hours of continuing education through various forms. The VMX Conference this past week was attended by over seventeen thousand people involved in the veterinary community, including veterinarians, nurses, assistants, office managers, exhibitors, and students. Attendees came from every state in the country and more than eighty countries. Seventeen different disciplines are offered, with more than one thousand, two hundred CE credit hours to select from. If a veterinarian went to every session they could, it would be possible to earn 41.5 CE credits.
The end result in an event like this is reflected in quality care for the pets we serve. We at Boyette Animal Hospital strive for a team oriented approach to patient care, and the continual education we seek helps us to achieve this. Only through lifelong learning have we been able to offer advances in the past twenty-five years such as digital radiology, ultrasound, therapy lasers, and dental radiology, not to mention countless new advances in preventative medicine and vaccination. Only through this yearning for knowledge will we continue to offer the best in care in the coming years.