|By Marketwired .||
|May 22, 2014 12:42 PM EDT||
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/14 -- May is National Pet Month, and if you're an animal lover or even a very reluctant ("my kids kept begging!") pet owner, you've probably been hearing a lot about the benefits of pet adoption. Not getting quite so much attention are the dedicated veterinary teams working to keep those pets healthy and happy.
We all know that human medicine is advancing rapidly, with new techniques and treatments constantly being developed. Veterinary medicine is no different. How do veterinary professionals stay up-to-date? Like doctors for humans, they take continuing education courses to improve patient care and ensure that their teams are operating as effectively and efficiently as possible.
While the majority of courses are still taken in person, a vast amount of increasingly sophisticated educational content is available online. On the Floor @Dove, for example, provides online, on-demand training and professional development courses for veterinarians and their staff members. Powered by the professionals at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, a nonprofit 24-hour emergency and intensive care animal hospital in Portland, On the Floor @Dove offers educational content such as high-quality videos of real-time procedures, informational articles and blogs that cater to the needs of the whole practice. The website has 9,000 members throughout the U.S. and internationally,
All the research and education goes on behind the scenes, but when Fluffy has an emergency, everyone is glad her vet had up-to-the-minute training on the latest techniques.
This month, as we celebrate the benefits of pets, let's also celebrate the medical advancements that enable veterinary teams to save so many lives.
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Oregon, is the only nonprofit 24-hour veterinary emergency and intensive care unit in the region. DoveLewis provides donor-funded programs to the community, including one of the United States' largest volunteer-based animal blood banks; a nationally recognized pet loss support program; a partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind to bring animal-assisted therapy and education to the community; 24-hour stabilizing care for lost, stray and wild animals; and financial assistance for qualifying low-income families and abused animals. DoveLewis also offers On the Floor @Dove, a web-based training platform that provides on-demand education to veterinary professionals around the world. Celebrating 40 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated more than 500,000 animals and has been deemed one of Oregon's Most Admired Nonprofits by the Portland Business Journal for seven years. For more information, please visit www.dovelewis.org.