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Why You Should Include Rehabilitation in Your Veterinary Practice

Pets requiring surgical procedures are very common in most veterinary practices. Often times, intervention may be the only solution to alleviate the pain and discomfort felt by animals. While surgical intervention is deemed necessary depending on the severity of the problem, not much emphasis is placed on rehabilitation, which could be even more important than the surgery itself.


Rehabilitation Studies

It’s not a stretch to say that post-operative rehabilitation is helpful; the very notion of it is supported in veterinary literature. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that swimming allowed a greater range of motion of the stifle and tarsal joints compared to walking thus making it the preferred activity for a better chance at return to function. The conclusion was reached after the kinematic analysis of the hind limb was examined in healthy dogs and those that had cranial cruciate ligament rupture surgery.


A different study also highlighted the benefits of rehabilitation compared to traditional cage rest followed by slow return to routine activities. This study looked at the use of electrical stimulation of muscles on dogs with surgically treated cranial cruciate ligament-deficient stifles. The study showed that additional treatment following surgical stabilization improved limb function.


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It’s not only studies that highlight the benefits of rehabilitation for pets. The advantages occupy portions of textbooks and are also highlighted in journal articles. Clinical Techniques in Small Animal Practice noted that rehabilitation has become common in recovering small animals that suffered from fractures.


There are several rehabilitation interventions provided by veterinary professionals for pets to enable them to make a full recovery. Treatments include electrical stimulation, passive range of motion and stretching, soft tissue massage, superficial thermal modalities, therapeutic ultrasound, and therapeutic exercise.


Relaying the Importance of Rehabilitation

But as veterinarians, it doesn’t just stop at suggesting rehabilitation to pet owners. You must also inform owners on the proper handling of pets that have gone through surgery as well as recommended changes to be made at home to ensure a safe environment for recovery.


As veterinarians, we shouldn’t stop at just relaying information regarding rehabilitation; we must also write down these instructions for pet owners. Doing so helps owners comply with instructions to guarantee the recovery of their pet.


Caring for pets after they had surgery isn’t just a necessity; it’s also a way of strengthening the emotional connection between owner and companion. Frequent clinic visits also allows you to check on the progress made by an owner’s pet. It also gives you the opportunity to suggest other forms of care should a previous method yield unsatisfactory results.


Assuaging Pet Owner’s Concerns

Veterinary clinic visits also allow pet owners to ask any questions and raise any concerns they have over the well-being of their household companion. This is also a time to put them at ease by thoroughly checking their pet to see the areas of concern and those that aren’t.


Just like humans, pets benefit from rehabilitation after going through surgery. Doing so helps a pet make a complete recovery.


Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.


Plates and Pins Workshop: Fracture Basics and Identification

There are many reasons why a fracture can occur, and they are common amongst cats and dogs. Many pets become victims of traumatic incidents. Being hit by a vehicle or falling from a tall tree are some of the common examples, however it’s worth noting the instances where bones weaken whether with age or cancerous bone conditions like osteosarcoma.


Properly identifying the kind of fracture as well as the right course of action is critical for veterinarians because fractures are frequently seen in many general practices. Focus and Flourish is currently offering veterinary surgical workshops on Plates and Pins where we go in depth on what we’ll touch on in this article:


  • Fracture Identification
  • Different Terminologies
  • Stresses
  • Fixation methods


Fracture identification and Terminology

Fractures are identified by: the bone fractured, location on the bone, number of fragments and fracture configuration. Proper identification and classification of fracture is important in communication between veterinarians. While the following terminology is likely only to be used between veterinarians in determining fixation approach, having the right knowledge of fracture identification will make it much easier to communicate efficiently and professionally with the client as well.


Terminology for Location: Proximal mid or distal diaphyseal (or shaft); Articular; Proximal or distal metaphyseal or anatomically specific such as supracondylar, trochanteric, femoral neck; Physeal (Salter Harris I-V).


Terminology for number of fragments: 2-piece; 2-piece plus wedge; 2-piece with small fragments; multiple fragments; segmental.


Terminology for fracture configuration: transverse, short oblique (less than twice the diameter of the bone), long oblique (twice the diameter of the bone), spiral, greenstick/incomplete.




The stresses applied to a bone/fracture line are: compression, distraction, bending, rotational and shearing. Fracture repair is focused on counteracting these stresses.   Therefore selecting the appropriate repair technique is determined by the stresses applied to the fracture.




Internal fixation allows better anatomical reduction, stable fixation of the fracture, faster return to function with early pain free motion of the adjacent joints and can preclude the need for external coaptation. The patient will typically weight bear on the limb within hours to a few days of the repair. Immobilization of a limb with external coaptation on the other hand can be detrimental to the joints. Irreversible OA will develop in a joint after 12 weeks of immobilization. There are various techniques for internal fixation. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. Ideally, a surgeon is well versed in a variety of techniques and can pick the most appropriate one for his/her patient. Intramedullary pinning along with the ability to apply a plate or an external fixator will allow the practitioner to address a large number of fractures.



Plates and Pins Workshop

Please note that the information provided here and the practice that you will get at the workshop is NOT meant to turn you into a board certified surgeon! It is designed to give you some skills to allow you to help more animals. In order to be successful you will need to choose your patients carefully. Contact Focus and Flourish today for more information on our Pins and Plates veterinary surgical workshops.


Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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Understanding the Anatomy of the Cruciate Ligament and Injuries that Occur

Stifle problems are very common in dogs. One of the most common injuries includes the rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. Understanding the anatomy of the cruciate ligament is critical both in properly treating the injury and communicating the issues with clients.



The stifle has 4 ligaments (2 cruciates and 2 collaterals) and 2 cartilaginous menisci. The menisci function as shock absorbers as well as stabilizers of the stifle joint.

The cranial cruciate ligament is responsible for keeping the tibia from being displaced. It limits the tibia’s excessive internal rotation by twisting on the caudal cruciate ligament. It also prevents hyperextension of the stifle joint.

The caudal cruciate ligament, on the other hand, works to prevent caudal displacement of the tibia. With the cranial cruciate ligament, it reduces excessive internal rotation of the tibia on the femur.



An injury to the cruciate ligament is more or less related to their purpose: to minimize joint motion. Damage to the ligaments will happen when there is too much force involved in performing the function.

Injury to the cranial cruciate ligament can be a result of trauma, or, more commonly, a degenerative process.  The degenerative process is most often seen in the large breeds such as the golden and Labrador retrievers and the Rottweilers.

Injury to the caudal cruciate ligament is very uncommon. When it does happen, it may have to do with severe trauma or stifle joint dislocation. The rareness of injuries to this particular ligament can be attributed to it being protection from extreme motion by other joints.



Diagnosis is based on signalment, history and physical exam findings.

The drawer sign test or tibial thrust are the diagnostic test of choice. The animal may need to be sedated for proper evaluation of an instability. However, ‘circumstantial evidence’ such as: appropriate signalment, chronic progressive lameness, worse with exercise, muscle atrophy, stifle effusion and medial buttressing (thickening on the medial aspect of the joint) are sufficient to warrant sedation for radiographs and evaluation of stability.



An injury to any of the cruciate ligaments that is left untreated will result in degenerative changes in the joint. Surgery is the best option to treat the problem, especially in larger dogs.  Many toy breed dogs will respond well to conservative management.


The surgical procedures that can be done can be either intra-articular or extra-articular. The former uses a synthetic graft to replace the cruciate ligament while the latter attempts to stabilize the joint by modifying extra-articular structures. Consider taking our veterinary workshop on cruciates for more in-depth information, as well as earning veterinary continuing education credits.


Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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Here Are Some Great Reasons To Attend Our Luxating Patellae Veterinary Workshop

We see lots of animals each day, with complaints ranging from simple issues to more complex problems requiring surgery to fix. Dog breeds come in different sizes, but the toy and miniature breeds can sometimes share a common condition.


Luxating patellae is a condition where the patella is dislodged from its usual position in the groove of the femur. Small breeds such as the Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, Pekingese, Pomeranian, and Yorkshire Terrier are the most susceptible to this condition.


Although a dog with a luxating patella won’t feel much pain – much of that occurs the moment the patella moves away from its normal position – they display unusual hoppity gait in their hind legs.


Luxating patellae is a common occurrence among dogs, but cats can also be afflicted with it, particularly the Domestic Shorthair.


Conservative management for this condition isn’t very effective and as such, surgery is almost always the preferred way to correct the issue. In this workshop, you will learn more about this condition, know how to identify animals requiring surgery, and perform the procedure with confidence.


Luxating Patellae – Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

A dislocated patella can be caused by blunt trauma, but the chances of that happening is rare. Usually, the condition is caused by a genetic predisposition.


A toy-breed dog displaying a hopping-type gait in its hind limbs can be diagnosed through physical examination. Only dogs that are clinical should undergo surgery.



Why You Should Come to Our Luxating Patellae Workshop

Our workshop is approved by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education and counts towards continuing education credits. Our Luxating Patellae workshop is a one-day affair where you will learn how to:

  • assess and manage the trochlear groove, which is the surface where the patella meets the femur
  • transpose the tibial crest, a bump that attaches the patella through a tendon, in a manner that is both easy and secure
  • identify animals that need surgery
  • select cases in order to achieve a high success rate
  • increase success rate with the implementation of a rehabilitation program


Focus & Flourish founder Anne Sylvestre has personally run a successful program involving more than 1,500 patients with luxating patellae. She will be sharing her knowledge and other insights regarding the condition and how best to manage it in this workshop.


This Luxating Patellae Veterinary Workshop is part of the goal of Focus & Flourish to provide veterinarians with an avenue to not only learn but also apply the knowledge they gained from our workshops.


Every Focus & Flourish workshop aims to help veterinary practitioners learn the technical details of a surgery and simplify that procedure to suit their preference.


By focusing not only on theory but also on application, you will walk away from this workshop confident in your capabilities in performing a luxating patellae surgery.


As veterinarians, we owe it to pet owners to accurately diagnose and treat various conditions. The focused and hands-on approach of a Focus & Flourish workshop ensures you can immediately perform a luxating patellae surgery in your practice.


Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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What Causes Cruciate Injuries and Their Repair Options

The cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) is one of a dog’s most important stabilizers that are found inside the stifle joint. The human equivalent is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).


This ligament prevents the tibia from thrusting forward and internally rotating as well as position sensing through the golgi tendon apparatus located within the cranial cruciate ligament. A CrCL rupture causes pain and dysfunction of the hind limb.


What causes cruciate injury or tear?


In Dogs

Dogs can tear their CrCL because of a trauma (chasing a squirrel) or through a degenerative process.  The latter is much more common. The exact reason why dogs degenerate their CrCL is unknown however, some contributing factors may include:


1) Genetics

Dogs are more prone to CrCL than cats, especially with some of those that are hyperactive. Certain breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Rottweilers, are also predisposed to the disease. So preventive measures are necessary.


2) Obesity

Being overweight is a risk factor, so keeping dogs at a healthy weight is ideal. It is also important that they remain in good physical condition for the ligament to survive strenuous activities.


Over 50% of canines that suffer from degenerative cranial cruciate ligament disease in one stifle are likely to develop the same problem in the other one.


Dogs presenting with bilateral CrCL issues may still display a unilateral lameness but may also adopt a kyphotic stance (forward weight shifting).  Be unwilling to stand for any length of time and thus lay down much more frequently, have a decreased activity level, have difficulty rising  and may be slow to sit down.


In Cats

Although cats are rarely affected by cruciate injuries, the risk of it happening should not be dismissed lightly. How cats tear their CrCL is similar to how humans tear their ACL which is from a traumatic injury.


Cats who love to jump from high places may be at risk of a cruciate tear. The condition can also happen if their legs get caught in something or when they are playing roughly.


Similar to dogs, obese cats are likely to get cruciate ligament disease.


Surgical Treatment Options for CrCL rupture

Because a ligament tear can lead to pain, arthritis, or loss of full function of the affected limb, it must be treated appropriately.  Appropriate treatment methods (TPLO, extracapsular repair or conservative management are all discussed at our workshops.


Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

The TPLO is a dynamic stabilization technique, meaning it functions when the stifle joint is in use. It involves cutting in the tibia and rotating the tibial plateau until the thrust is eliminated (to between 3 and 9 degrees). This will create a relatively level orientation and stabilize the stifle. Best for active and large dogs. Also for those with an accentuated tibial slope. It is currently the gold standard in the canine CrCL disease


Extra-capsular suture stabilization (lateral fabellar suture technique)

This is where joint stability is achieved by placing a strong suture line outside of the joint. This will keep the knee joint stabilized enough for normal knee movement. Best for smaller dogs.


Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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Should Veterinarians Enrol in Contemporary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Courses for Continuing Education?

Some states require veterinarians to complete minimum hours of continuing education to renew their licenses. While the number of hours vary depending on the state, and CE can be a big help to veterinary practice, a contentious issue on whether Contemporary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) is significant in continuing education in the field of veterinary medicine has been debated on for years.

There is an increase in the number of CAVM CE courses offered, and advocates for alternative medicine stand behind the efficacy of this practice. However, those who believe in traditional veterinary medicine do not agree with this.

To have an idea on whether alternative medicine should have a place in veterinary continuing education or not, let’s take a look at the benefits and setbacks of alternative medicine:



  1. It offers alternative remedies to prevent or mitigate the side-effects of drugs and antibiotics

CAVM practitioners and people who prefer it posit that unlike medications given by traditional veterinarians which can damage the organs with long-term use and have side effects, alternative medicine uses herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and natural products which have lesser or no side effects at all. If veterinarians integrate traditional medicine with alternative practice, they can prescribe natural remedies instead of drugs for sick animals if they see fit.

  1. CAVM deals with holistic wellness

Veterinarians who practice alternative medicine use holistic methods which heal the mind and body which in return provides healing at the DNA level.  By using therapeutic touch and nutritional therapy, wellness can be achieved since the body can heal itself.



  1. It does not use diagnostics to determine illnesses

Alternative medicine does not have diagnostic capabilities to know what is exactly wrong with a sick animal. Laboratory tests, X-rays, ultrasound and blood work are diagnostic tests needed to know if a patient has infection, tumor, broken bones and the like which the practice of alternative medicine does not use.

  1. Herbal remedies in CAVM are not FDA-approved

Herbal medicines have no therapeutic claims and have not been tested and approved by the FDA. This means that there is no telling if they are indeed effective. Critics say that acupuncture is similar to the placebo effect.

  1. Some injuries require surgery which alternative medicine does not include

Pets can get injured and suffer medical conditions such as fractures, stones, eye problems which require surgical procedures and other treatments which holistic therapy and acupuncture cannot remedy. This is why it important for veterinarians to enhance their surgical skills and treat animals that need surgeries. That said, practitioners of veterinary medicine should enrol in continuing education workshops such as Plates and External Fixators, Perineal Urethrostomies and Ophthalmic surgeries, to be able to perform these procedures and provide science-based care.


Both traditional and alternative medicine offer elements that are intended to improve a patient’s well-being.  These fields complement one another and should not be sought as one versus the other. Continuing education courses for traditional veterinary medicine. is focused on enhancing surgical skills; a truly necessary component of small animal practice.


Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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What You Need to Know about Perineal Urethrostomy in Cats

Just like human beings, animals can suffer from illnesses and medical conditions that will require treatment and sometimes surgical procedures. One of these is known as perineal urethrostomy also referred to as PU.

In medical terms, “tomy” means opening. Thus, this procedure means to create an opening in the urethra, with the incision located in the perineum, between the scrotum and rectum of the animal, more often in cats and dogs. In this particular topic, we will talk about perineal urethrostomy done on a male cat.

As opposed to urethrotomy, which is a temporary opening, urethrostomy is permanent. It is usually performed on cats suffering from urine obstruction caused by bladder stones, protein plugs, scarring or trauma. If any of these conditions is not corrected, this can lead to urinary tract infection, loss of bladder tone and a rapid progression to death.


When is surgery recommended?

Cats that suffer from urethral obstruction can be unblocked and managed with medication and proper diet. However, if this condition recurs or does not fully resolve, the cat may need to go under the knife. Also, if urine flow is obstructed as a result of trauma or scarring of the urethra, the only remedy for this is surgery.


How is Perineal Urethrostomy done on a tom cat?

Similar to all surgeries, there will be pre-operative tests that are needed to be done depending on the severity of the condition and the age of the cat. These may include: abdominal ultrasound, blood tests, urinalysis and radiographs.

The general anesthesia and the operation can last between 45 minutes to two hours. But normally, the entire operation is usually about 50 minutes.

After the induction of the anesthesia, the cat is placed on the surgical table, in prone position.  Once the penis is freed from its attachments, an incision will be made in the dorsal urethra up to an in between the bulbourethral glands.  Next, the urethra is sutured open with to the skin using a small suture (4-0 or 5-0) on a cutting needle.  Ideally a complete inert non absorbable suture is used as this will cause very little to no inflammation.  Unfortunately, not all cats are amenable to having the sutures removed 10-14 days later!  Therefore many surgeons opt to use a short acting absorbable suture (Vicryl RapideTM). This suture will dissolve in about 14 days.


Post-operative Care

After the surgery, pain management is of prime importance.  These cats are very much in pain, and will not urinate if the pain is not properly managed.  It is also important to use an elizabethan collar to keep the feline from licking the surgical site that can lead to wound dehiscence.

It is also recommended to monitor the cat for any discharge. Urine color may be a little reddish because of the procedure but after a few days, it should normalize.  Incontinence may be present post-operatively.  This may be due to infection or pain.  It is important to accurately assess and manage the patient.


Perineal urethrostomy is a safe and life saving procedure.  When performed properly, complications are very few.  Stenosis of the opening is a big concern but occurs most commonly because the urethrostomy was not created “high enough”.  It is very important that the new opening be in the pelvic urethra.  Come take the course and learn how to do it right and save the lives of many cats!



Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.


Gaining More Confidence in Your Surgical Technique with Veterinary Surgical Workshops

Veterinarians have many challenges to tackle. One of the biggest issues veterinarians face is having the confidence to perform surgeries. This isn’t surprising since surgeries come with the risk of infection, injury, and even death, especially risks from major procedures. However, vets have to realize that their lack of confidence in their surgical technique can actually make them less competitive. This will ultimately hold them back from achieving professional success.


What’s Affecting Your Confidence Level?

If you’re a veterinarian who’s struggling with performing surgeries, you need to understand why. Why don’t you feel confident to do certain surgical procedures? What’s holding you back from performing them like a pro? There might be several reasons for this, such as the following:


  • Lack of knowledge — If you’re not familiar with the anatomy of the area where the surgery is done, you most likely won’t feel confident about opening it up and touching the affected organs and tissues.


  • Lack of skills — Certain surgical procedures require specific skills. If you have not mastered the required surgical technique, it’s hard to be confident that you’ll get the procedure right.


  • Lack of experience — Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. If you’ve done a certain surgery just once or twice, you may not trust yourself to do it perfectly.


Having low self-confidence usually affects new graduates. In 2003 survey by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 76 percent of the respondents believed that new veterinary graduates lacked confidence and competence (or both) and that it was a serious problem. Veterinarians, that have been in practice for years, may also feel the same lack of confidence in their own clinics.


The Best Solution

There are several ways to become more confident about performing veterinary surgeries. Again, one of the best solutions is to attend veterinary surgical workshops. By doing so, you’ll learn from skillful and experienced veterinarians who will walk you through the process and explain each step. You’ll also undergo practice surgeries, which will help you refresh your skills and knowledge while gaining new ones.


Many organizations offer these workshops but, if you want to get excellent value for your time and money, your best choice is Focus and Flourish. We stand out from other veterinary surgical workshop providers in that we focus not just on theory but also on surgical technique. We don’t just rehash the information you learned in vet school; rather, we promote a hands-on approach that will teach you practical skills and modern methods and give you the chance to repeat the process until you’ve mastered it. This way, we can ensure that you’ll be able to perform the surgery with confidence when you get back to your clinic.


We offer a wide range of workshops that cover different surgical procedures, including pinning and plating, cruciate repairs, perineal urethrostomies, and femoral head ostectomies. So, you only have to identify the procedure you’re not confident with then book a spot for the relevant workshop. Give us a call today to make your reservations or learn more about our veterinary surgical workshops.




Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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The Importance of Attending a Veterinary Seminar

Many veterinarians think that attending seminars is a waste of time and money. But, if you’re a vet, you have to realize that this isn’t really the case. In fact, attending veterinary seminars should be one of your priorities since doing so lets you enjoy the following benefits:


Learn about new methods and technology

As a veterinarian, you have a responsibility to stay updated about the latest techniques in the industry. This way, you can provide your patients with the best possible services and help them recover from their illnesses ASAP. You’ll also have the opportunity to save the lives of patients in emergency situations using newly developed methods and state-of-the-art equipment.


Fulfill your CE requirements

Before they can renew their license, veterinarians need to fulfill continuing education (CE) requirements, which usually involve accumulating a certain number of hours spent on CE within two years or so. The number of hours they should accumulate depend on the requirements of their veterinary state board.

Some of these hours can be spent on going to veterinary seminars. So, when you attend these events, you’re not only learning about the latest innovations in the industry but you’re also working towards completing your CE requirements and being able to renew your license.


Brush up on your skills

Sometimes, it’s not just about learning new things; it’s also about strengthening the abilities you already have. Attending seminars will help you sharpen your existing skills and knowledge and ensure you’ll be able to wield them effectively in your day-to-day work. In some cases, it will also help you discover new ways to perform a certain medical or new surgical procedure in a faster and more efficient way.


Network with other professionals

When you attend veterinary seminars, you’ll inevitably meet and interact with other veterinarians in your area. This gives you the opportunity to form business connections that you might be able to use someday to grow and improve your practice. It also gives you the chance to learn from fellow professionals who have more experience in the field and have valuable ideas to teach.


Give yourself Useful and Practical skills

If you make it a point to attend the best veterinary seminars, you’ll stand out from the crowd and you can use it as a way to market your practice. Seminars organized by Focus and Flourish focus on hands-on learning instead of simple theoretical discussions. This means that those who attend our events go home with practical skills. This allows them to immediately perform efficient and professional surgeries in their own clinic or hospital.


Attending veterinary seminars allows you to enjoy several benefits, so you’ll want to make it part of your professional life. There are many organizations that offer these events. If you want to get great value for money, sign up for the seminars offered by Focus and Flourish. We specialize in organizing hands-on workshops that help you master the necessary skills so you can efficiently perform surgeries ASAP.




Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.

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Continuing Education for Veterinary Technicians: What You Should Know

Like many other professions, registered veterinary technicians or RVTs should seek continuing education (CE) even after they have graduated and obtained their diploma and other requirements. By continuing to learn, they’ll sharpen their skills and knowledge and become more adept in their job. They’ll also be updated about the latest news and trends in the industry. As well as find out about new methods and technologies in veterinary medicine.


CE Requirements for RVTs

Requirements for vet technicians’ continuing education are composed of many elements. These include the number of hours required per person, the term (or the number of years per certification period), and the required subjects that technicians must study.


Different countries, states, and provinces have different requirements for RVTs. Vet technicians in Ontario, for example, need to obtain 20 CE credits every 24 months and can get their credits from conferences, online journal quizzes, and other sources. Saskatchewan also requires RVTs to accumulate at least 20 CE credits every 24 months, and the credits can be obtained from conferences, webinars, newsletter quizzes, professional development courses, and even volunteer work.


The continuing education of RVTs is closely monitored by provincial associations in Canada, such as the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, Manitoba Veterinary Technologists Association, and Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists. Vet technicians who don’t fulfill the continuing education requirements get fined and/or lose their membership with their respective association. In the United States, RVT continuing education is monitored by veterinary medicine state boards and/or local associations.


How to Fulfill the CE Requirements

If you’re a veterinary technician, the continuing education process depends on where you live and what your association’s requirements are. But, as much as possible, you’ll want to use online veterinary continuing education. By joining web-based workshops and seminars, you’ll gain new knowledge and skills. And all this without having to leave your house and deal with the costs and hassle of traveling. It’s a great way to increase your expertise and gain CE credits while saving time and money.


Another important factor to consider: many veterinary medicine experts hold online classes nowadays. So, by taking advantage of web-based CE courses, you’ll get to learn from experienced and knowledgeable people whom you otherwise won’t meet if you depend on traditional classes.


Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should just dismiss in-person courses! These traditional ways of learning still have a place in RVT continuing education. They’re an excellent way to gain new skills and knowledge. You can also obtain CE credits, and network with other veterinary professionals.


What Next?

The key here is to choose the right workshops to join. Remember: there are many companies that organize veterinary learning events. However, not all of them can give you great value for your money. To ensure your time and registration fees won’t go to waste, look for events that focus more on hands-on experiences, such as the workshops that we offer here at Focus and Flourish. By signing up for our workshops, you’ll gain the necessary skills to assist your veterinarian in performing surgical procedures and help your patients get back to good health.




Interested in one of Focus and Flourish’s veterinary continuing education workshops? They’re held in cities with major international airports in Western (Calgary) and Eastern (Toronto) Canada. The workshops are just a flight away from cities like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other cities worldwide.