This week is National Veterinary Technicians Week. We appreciate the hard work of each of our Veterinary Technicians and Inpatient Nurses here at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic. The nurses and technicians work very hard to make sure our patients live a long, happy, and healthy life.
We asked Lisa Dumansky (Inpatient Nursing Coordinator and Certified Veterinary Technician) a few questions about her career choice.
What made you decide to become a Veterinary Technician?
Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with animals. Initially I went to school to become a veterinarian, but decided I wasn’t committed to going to 4 years of vet school. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree and working for a couple years, I decided to go back to school to earn my Veterinary Technician Certification.
What school did you go to?
Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas
How long did you go to school?
4 years for my bachelor’s degree and 2 years for my Associate’s Degree to become a Certified Veterinary Technician
What are some duties of your position?
Taking radio-graphs, performing blood draws, placing IV catheters, administering medications, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting in surgery, educating pet owners.
What is the hardest part of your position?
It is never easy to see someone’s pet in pain. The job can also be very physically demanding.
What is the most rewarding part of being a Veterinary Technician?
Helping pet owners to give the best care possible to their pets.
We had a great time last night at our Fall Dentistry Seminar. Thanks to all the clients that came out! This complimentary seminar given by Dr. James Doman is very informative. Clients that attended the seminar went home with a goodie bag including a complimentary bag of feline or canine Prescription Dental Diet t/d food as well as a 10% off voucher for their pets upcoming dental procedure. Dental health is very important to our pets overall health, please consider attending a future Dentistry Seminar.
The Neffsville Veterinary Clinic team raised over $1,500.00 with a combination of staff/doctor donations and Kid’s Day Proceeds.
Planning for the 2015 Bark For Life event is underway!! We encourage our clients to come out and join this fantastic human-canine event next year.
We are very proud to support such a great cause!
On Saturday, September 13 we held our 2nd Neffsville Veterinary Clinic Kid’s Day Event. We had 37 children attend this event. The kid’s (ages 7-12 years old) participated in Games, Crafts, Pet CPR, Microchip Demonstrations, Teddy Bear Surgery, Tours of the Clinic, Doctor Examination Demonstration, and much more.
Proceeds from our Kid’s Day Event are being donated to the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life Event.
The Bark For Life event is being held on Saturday, September 27th from 9am to 12 noon at the Manheim Township Park.
Please read the following information from the Bark For Life website:
“No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Bark For Life. Each dollar you raise will help save lives.
Your reasons for walking in the Bark For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!”
|Ceremony||Saturday, September 27, 2014||10:00 AM|
|Moment of Silence||Saturday, September 27, 2014||10:15 AM|
|Survivor/Caregiver Lap||Saturday, September 27, 2014||10:30 AM|
|Closing Ceremony||Saturday, September 27, 2014||11:30 AM|
|Entertainment & Activities Schedule||11:00 AM Judging of the pets. Small, Large, Best dressed.|
We welcome Patty, Wayne, and Lucas to the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic Team. Please check our website for more information about them.
We stock many medications to treat your pet in case of illness as well as preventative medications to keep your pet healthy. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were gotten from a safe, trustworthy source and stored under ideal conditions.
July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year and more than 1000 of these fires are started by a family pet.
The following suggestions will hopefully help keep your pets safe:
Sources: ASPCA, American Red Cross, VPI, ADT Security Services, American Kennel Club
Recently, it has been made known that the maker of our feline rabies vaccine, Merial, has discovered an impurity in their rabies vaccine. None of the product that has been sent to NVC has been affected. Merial has decided to suspend production of the PureVax Feline Rabies while they search for and remedy the cause. They hope to resume production late summer. At this time, we are unable to order more PureVax Feline Rabies.
The doctors at NVC made the decision years ago to use the PureVax Rabies in our feline friends because it is a nonadjuvanted vaccine. Adjuvants are products that are added to vaccines to enhance the immune system’s response. In recent years, studies have shown vaccines that contain adjuvant may cause a type of cancer called feline injection site sarcoma. This is a very aggressive cancer that is difficult to cure and to manage. Current studies suggest the risk of sarcomas is 1/10,000 doses of vaccine. The development of feline injection site sarcoma is a complicated cascade of events and adjuvants are a small piece of the puzzle.
At this point, we are unable to order PureVax Feline Rabies vaccine. This puts us as pet owners and veterinarians between a rock and a hard place. Because rabies is a deadly, zoonotic disease, Pennsylvania law requires that all cats and dogs be vaccinated for this disease. Zoonotic diseases are diseases that humans and animals share. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is aware of the shortage and that some veterinarians and cat owners who choose to use the PureVax product exclusively may not want to vaccinate with a different rabies vaccine during the back order. However, if your cat is due for a rabies vaccine during this period and you choose not to vaccinate due to the lack of availability of the vaccine, your cat is still legally unvaccinated. You, as an owner, could be cited and your cat may be placed under 6 month quarantine if it were exposed to rabies. If someone was bitten by the legally unvaccinated cat, there may be additional legal concerns.
In order to serve our clients and patients, we will halt sending out rabies vaccine reminders until the PureVax Feline Rabies is released. We will be sending reminders for your cat’s annual wellness exam and distemper vaccine (if it is due). If you receive one of these reminders, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians so that we have the opportunity to perform your cat’s wellness exam to ensure your pet is healthy or to detect subtle changes that may indicate disease. Once the vaccine is available, we will resume your rabies reminders so that you may vaccinate your cat. There will not be an additional exam charge for this visit.
Please feel free to call our veterinarians to discuss your options in more detail. We apologize for any inconvenience. We regret that you have to consider vaccination with an inferior product. We strive to provide you and your feline family member with the highest level of care.
The Doctors at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic
My name is Kelly and I have been a member of the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic team since September of 2000. I have witnessed several microchip success stories in our clinic. Quite frequently, someone will bring a lost pet into our clinic. Upon arrival, we scan the pet for a microchip and the pet is reunited with their owners within a short period of time.
In July of 2011 our kids found a little orange kitten. Our son decided to name the kitten “Woody Walnut”. Woody was a great addition to our family. I brought Woody into the clinic to be vaccinated and eventually neutered, front declawed, and micro-chipped.
In July of 2012, Woody slipped out our front door and ran away. For months we searched our neighborhood for him. We hung posters, contacted the Humane League, and contacted HomeAgain—the microchip company. We had no luck finding him…our kids were devastated.
As months went by, we did not think we were ever going to see Woody again. We gave up searching.
In December of 2013, I received a call from Lititz Veterinary Clinic. They asked if I was missing an orange cat. They told me someone had found him and brought him there for an examination. The staff at Lititz Veterinary Clinic found that he had a microchip and contacted the HomeAgain Microchip Company. HomeAgain gave them our information immediately. We were shocked! We picked Woody up and brought him right into Neffsville Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Hockenberry examined him and determined that other than having some tartar on his teeth, fleas, and intestinal parasites (worms)– he was in good shape!
Our kids were so excited!! We are not exactly sure where Woody was the entire 17 months that he was missing, but we are very happy to have him home. We are glad that we had him micro-chipped. We are also grateful to the family who found him, as well as the staff at Lititz Veterinary Clinic.
Dog Licenses…What our Clients Need to Know!!
Last week the State Dog Warden escorted a gentleman into our clinic, had him purchase a license for his dog, and then cited him a $300.00 fine.
Please read the following information to ensure your dog is properly licensed:
• State Dog Wardens are currently performing “License and Rabies Compliance Checks” throughout Lancaster County.
• The wardens are going door to door and also checking boarding facilities.
• All dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed.
• Dog Licenses must be purchased by January 1st of each year REGARDLESS of when the license was purchased the previous year.
• If you do not have a license for your dog, you will be cited up to $300.00 per dog plus court costs.
• A yearly dog license is only $8.45 ($6.45 for a spayed or neutered dog)…much less expensive than the $300.00 fine plus court costs.
Lifetime Dog Licenses:
• A lifetime license is an excellent way to protect your dog. Lifetime Licenses are available for any dog that is micro-chipped or tattooed. Our clinic offers Home-Again Micro-chipping.
• The cost of a lifetime license is $51.45 ($31.45 for a spayed or neutered dog).
• Not only can you use a micro-chip to get a Lifetime License, it also helps make sure your pet is returned to you if he or she ever goes missing. Our cost of a HomeAgain Micro-chip is $49.00, which includes the enrollment fee.
• We often have lost pets that are brought into our clinic. We scan their neck area for a micro-chip. If the pet has a micro-chip, we are able to reunite them with their owners immediately. We have had great success stories!!
Want to purchase a Lifetime License for your dog? Follow these steps:
1. Schedule an appointment to have a HomeAgain Micro-chip implanted. This will only take a few minutes. It is simply done–just like a vaccine injection. The cost is only $49.00, which includes the enrollment fee.
2. Already have a micro-chip? Great! — Just stop into the clinic and have us scan your dog. This will only take a few seconds.
3. You will receive two forms from us:
a. We will fill out and sign the Permanent Identification Form with your dog’s Micro-chip information.
b. We will give you the Lifetime Dog License Application to fill out and sign.
4. You will mail BOTH forms along with a check made payable to the Lancaster County Treasurer to:
Lancaster County Treasurer
150 North Queen Street (Suite 122)
P.O. Box 1447
Lancaster, PA 17608
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm
Neffsville Veterinary Clinic also has the 2014 yearly Dog Licenses available for purchase at our Client Services Desk.
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