Guidelines Implementation

About Guidelines Implementation

By utilizing a simple, step by step process that has been designed for use in a series of staff meetings, your team will become motivated and energized as they become aligned around the customized preventive healthcare protocols that you develop for your practice. Have everyone working together for our patients like never before!

How do you get started?

  1. Click on the brief tutorial entitled: "Why do we need tools to implement the AAHA/AVMA healthcare guidelines?"
  2. Identify a practice champion to help you get everything organized.
  3. Print off and review the Implementing the Guidelines: 10 Steps to Success document and then together with your practice champion watch the 60 minute webinar entitled: Focus Your Clinic on Preventive Healthcare and follow the step by step process outlined in the webinar.
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AAHA-AVMA Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines


Developed jointly by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), these Guidelines provide information for veterinary professionals on the care and treatment of feline patients.

The 2-sided, single-page Feline Guidelines document features an easy-to-use, checklist style format that offers information on:

  • Recommendations for frequency of visits
  • Subjective, objective, and assessment components for a health evaluation
  • Client communication and education plan

The information is not intended to dictate an exclusive protocol, course of treatment, or procedure. The guidelines are not to be considered an official AAHA or AVMA standard of care.


 

AAHA-AVMA Canine Preventive Healthcare Guidelines


Developed jointly by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), these Guidelines provide information for veterinary professionals on the care and treatment of canine patients.

The 2-sided, single-page Canine Guidelines document features an easy-to-use, checklist style format that offers information on:

  • Recommendations for frequency of visits
  • Subjective, objective, and assessment components for a health evaluation
  • Client communication and education plan

The information is not intended to dictate an exclusive protocol, course of treatment, or procedure. The guidelines are not to be considered an official AAHA or AVMA standard of care.


 

Why Do We Need Tools to Implement the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines?


Recommended for veterinary professionals who want to:

  • View a short video on why the Implementing the Guidelines tools were developed for veterinary teams.
  • Have a clear, yet concise, understanding of how the Implementing the Guidelines tools work together to help practices improve preventive pet healthcare and client communication.

Overview

This video provides a brief introduction to the various tools available to veterinary professionals for implementing the AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines. The purpose of each tool is clearly explained and a visual map, showing how all the tools work together, is presented.

Note: The Words That Work videos and scripts are available under the Communications tab on the Partners for Healthy Pets website.


 

Focus Your Clinic on Preventive Pet Healthcare Webinar


Recommended for veterina­ry professionals who want to:

  • View a webinar presentation by Dr. Mike Paul on how to inspire and organize their team to implement the AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Guidelines.
  • Have an overview of the various tools that are available to them from the Partners for Healthy Pets for improving preventive pet healthcare and client communication in their practice.

Overview

This webinar, presented by Dr. Mike Paul, provides answers to the why’s and how’s of inspiring and organizing a veterinary team to improve preventive pet healthcare and client communication in their practice. Mike also discusses the 10 Steps to Success, a plan to effectively implement the AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Healthcare Guidelines and strengthen client relationships. The Implementing the Guidelines: 10 Steps to Success document can be downloaded and used to follow along during the webinar.


 

Implementing the Guidelines: 10 Steps to Success


Recommended for veterinary professionals who want to:

  • Use a step-by-step guide to organize their team to implement the AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Guidelines
  • Follow the steps as they watch the Focus Your Clinic on Preventive Pet Healthcare webinar presentation.

Overview
This 10-step guide is an easy-to-follow outline of how practice leaders can organize their team to implement the AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines. These steps are also outlined in the Focus Your Clinic on Preventive Pet Healthcare webinar. Use this document as reference notes for the webinar presentation or on its own for ideas on how you can focus your practice on implementing the Guidelines.


 

“Sharpen Your Axe” Inspirational Talk


Presented by: Andy Roark, DVM

Recommended for veterina­ry professionals who want to:

  • Reignite their passion for their work with pets and the people who love them
  • Remember how they make a difference in the lives of clients and patients everyday
  • Learn how to think differently about preventive pet care and develop stronger client relationships along the way

Overview
As the veterinary industry faces a decline in preventive pet healthcare and an increase in the number of pets suffering from preventable diseases, Dr. Andy Roark shares his experience with one patient that changed the way he approaches preventive pet care today. His realization about the importance of making real client connections – and how this can impact the health of his patients – is meaningful and inspiring.


 

Implementing the Guidelines: Team Meeting Guide


Recommended for veterinary team leaders who want to:

  • Implement the AAHA/AVMA Canine & Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines in their practice
  • Inspire and educate their team in making preventive pet care a priority in their practice
  • Lead their teams in establishing team core values, improving client relationships and communicating the importance of preventive pet healthcare
  • Have access to six pre-planned meetings with a variety of activities that focus on developing a team’s preventive care skills and building strong client connections

Overview
This six-meeting guide was designed for veterinary team leaders who want to prioritize preventive pet healthcare in their practice. As part of each meeting, an agenda of topics has been prepared. Each meeting is designed to last no more than 45 minutes and includes suggestions for short individual homework assignments to keep team members thinking about preventive pet healthcare and client relationships.


 

Implementing the Guidelines: Practice Action Plan


Recommended for veterinary team leaders who want to:

  • Put a plan in place for their team as they prioritize preventive pet healthcare and strengthen client relationships
  • Have a written record of their practice’s core values, the strengths of their team and opportunities for improvement
  • Create a customized protocol outlining the roles and responsibilities of each team member in implementing the AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines
  • Set goals for their team and manage their successes in achieving them.

Overview
This workbook was designed to help team leaders develop a personalized plan for their practice as they work as a team to improve preventive pet care and client relationships. The Practice Action Plan will help the team leader prepare for team meetings by providing a place to record the team’s core values, the team’s strengths and opportunities for improvement, a protocol for implementing the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines and goals that the team can work on together.


 

Implementing the Guidelines: Practice PowerPoint Presentation


Recommended for veterinary team leaders who want to:

  • Use a PowerPoint presentation to help guide their team discussions around prioritizing preventive pet healthcare and strengthening client relationships
  • Have a presentation template to work with while reviewing and using the Implementing the Guidelines: Team Meeting Guide

Overview
This presentation, complete with slides and detailed point-form speaker notes for five different meetings, offers team leaders the option of editing and customizing the slideshow to suit their selected content and presentation style. If projecting the presentation or gathering around a computer is not an option, consider printing the slides for the team.


 

From Guidelines to Healthier Patients: AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines (Web conference)


Presented by: Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP and Michael R. Moyer, VMD

Recommended for veterinary professionals and practices who want to:

  • Understand the AAHA/AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines
  • Implement the Preventive Healthcare Guidelines in their practice
  • Educate clients about preventive pet healthcare
  • Make feline preventive care visits less stressful for cats and their owners

Overview:
Today, research suggests that there are fewer visits to the veterinarian, and this is putting the health of our nation' pets at increasing risk. This Web conference offers you an opportunity to learn about the AAHA-AVMA Guidelines and how to use them to educate pet owners about the need for preventive healthcare. The conference speakers discuss successful strategies for effectively leveraging the new guidelines to increase preventive healthcare visits and improve the lives of your patients.


 

Implementing the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for Dogs and Cats


Presented by: VetMedTeam, through a collaborative effort with AAHA, the AVMA, and Partners for Healthy Pets

Recommended for veterinary professionals and practices who want to:

  • Understand the importance of the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines
  • Utilize the Guidelines as templates to develop individualized pet healthcare plans
  • Understand the components of a thorough senior cat physical examination and the right questions
    to ask owners
  • Learn more about the importance of documentation
  • Gain a more in-depth understanding of the medical considerations and elements of the recommendations contained within the Guidelines

Overview:
This free continuing education course is designed to help practices become acquainted with the components of the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines and to help facilitate implementation. Through this course, practice team members will understand how implementation of these Guidelines can help to increase the level of preventive care provided to patients, leading to a stronger practice and improved delivery of quality veterinary medicine.


 

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