This Week Is The First Annual Veterinary Team Appreciation Week

team appreciationWe could not be more proud of our incredible team and how they operate as a family unit to deliver such quality care. The following essay was written by one of our staff members, Rachel, in order to answer the question "What do you think makes Moorpark Veterinary Hospital Unique?" Our incredible team is central to the answer of this question. "If you were to ask every staff member at our hospital what about it they are proud of, you will get a long, varied list of answers. We are proud of our accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and Cat Friendly Practice certification. We are proud of the level of medicine and care we provide. We are proud of our facilities, our community, and each other. When you ask every staff member at our hospital what makes our hospital unique, each individual will generate a singular, compelling response: our team. The importance of a veterinary hospital’s team is tremendous. Every single staff member executes our standard for care and compassion, they are a beacon for our message and recommendations, they are patient advocates, and they are, in a great sense, the establishers of each other’s quality of life. With the tremendous amount of time and energy that individuals devote to our field, we must recover and recharge somehow. Luckily, we do this by leaning on each other. We go to great lengths to ensure that we create and maintain a cohesive and supportive team unit. Our hiring process is extensive, consisting of a handful of interviews for each candidate and ending with a review form completed by every existing team member. Aside from initial training, all team members participate in a continued education topic at bi-monthly meetings and are allotted a yearly allowance for continued education. Team outings occur quarterly each year but often times occur informally much more often than that. In the past few years, we have had the pleasure of getting together to enjoy dinners, baseball games, bowling night, game night, and pot luck thanksgivings. Our team is exceptional in so many ways. Our doctors have visited patients in critical care at referral specialty hospitals and made themselves uncommonly available to discuss patient care to the team, clients, and other professionals. Our team members regularly send out cards on their own accord to clients to acknowledge events in their lives and in their pet’s lives. Our staff turnover is very low and the average amount of time our staff has been employed here is over 6 years. Every member is positive and supportive of one another. Every member cares deeply about pets and their people. We are fortunate to have leaders who understand the value of utilizing the unique skills of each individual and encouraging personal growth. We have had multiple entry level staff members who are on their way to become or have become successful RVTs and doctors of veterinary medicine. If we assigned additional informal titles to our current team members, the list of titles would include party planner, storm chaser, personal chef, pet sitter, professional organizer, pet nutrition enthusiast, botanist, dog agility and training specialist, and social media expert among many others. Our hospital is only as unique as the individuals realizing its existence each and every day and what a unique hospital we do, in fact, have."

January is National Train Your Dog Month

It's never too late to improve the bond you have with your pet and make your time spent together more rewarding through training or fun exercise activities.
Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Deborah Krasner www.dkdogtraining.com

Deborah Krasner, Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

We are happy to act as your resource and partner in addressing behavioral concerns which can arise from a variety of reasons. For over 20 years we have been recommending dog trainer and behavior consultant Deborah Krasner for many training and behavior needs. Deborah is a certified AKC (CGC) Evaluator who works with dogs and cats of all ages and temperaments and specializes in puppies and rescued pets. Deborah can work with you and your pet to develop a personalized program tailored to meet your desired results in a positive way. She is available for in-home lessons and phone consultations for some behavioral issues. Click here to visit Deborah's website and contact her.  
USDAA Dog Agility Trial in Moorpark, CA

USDAA Agility Trial in Moorpark, CA

If you are interested in seeking out fun and unique training or exercise opportunities for your pet, we are here to help. We are partners with local organizations who can provide your dog with experiences in agility, dock jumping, snake avoidance, fly ball, and scent tracking.  Please contact our hospital for more information.

Help Us Give Back This Holiday Season!

caseys toy driveGet into the spirit of giving with Casey's Toy Drive and our Kong Program. Casey's Toy Drive benefits Mattel Children's hospital at UCLA and was founded in 2009. This year, we are a drop-off location for this wonderful drive. Casey is from Moorpark who suffers from a very rare and incurable intestinal disease. He is dependent on IV nutrition that is administered every night through a permanent IV in his chest. Casey has been a patient at Mattel Children's Hospital since he was a year old and he has developed a very special bond with the nurses, doctors, and staff. Casey's mission is to bring toys to the kids at Mattel Children's Hospital to make their holidays and hard times a little brighter. The toys that Casey collects from friends, family, and the community are used year round for patients that stay in the hospital, that have outpatient surgeries, and that have scary procedures or infusions in the clinic setting. Casey will be accepting donations now through December 20th. Toys must be new and unwrapped due to strict infection control guidelines. Gift cards are also accepted. You can find out more information including a want list on Casey's Facebook page, Casey's Crew. Casey will deliver the donations to the hospital during the week of December 21, 2015. KongProgramThrough mid-December, purchase a Kong for your dog at our office and a shelter pet receives a Kong in return. Thanks to so many wonderful people, Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS)  has an amazing Kong enrichment program where shelter pets get to enjoy Kongs stuffed with a treat. We are so thankful that our Ventura County shelters do such amazing things and that they are no kill! It takes a tremendous amount of support and effort to operate and maintain shelters especially when they are no kill. Click here if you would like more information about how you can volunteer or help VCAS.

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

bobo1Meet Bobo, he was diagnosed in early 2012 at the age of 10 with cancer, specifically, GI lymphoma. Prior to his diagnosis, Bobo had been vomiting and hiding in unusual places for about a day. He was taken to the emergency vet and after some diagnostic testing, the doctor believed he had a possible intestinal blockage or obstruction and surgery was recommended. Bobo’s surgery revealed some abnormal areas and lesions on his small intestine. Some of this tissue was collected for testing which confirmed the cancer but Bobo and his mom made a pact that they were going to fight this. With the right chemotherapy, the average survival rate for this type of cancer is barely over 2 years but because of the appearance of his intestines, his prognosis was very guarded. Bobo’s chemotherapy consisted of a combination of oral medications and after three and a half years of low maintenance treatment, Bobo is in complete remission! Most importantly, his quality of life has remained incredible throughout his treatment. Amidst all of his chemotherapy, Bobo never stopped playing his chase game or being his amazing self. Bobo’s story is absolutely incredible. His recovery is the equivalent to a person living cancer-free for 15-17 years! Bobo is now 13 years old and is fully expected to have the lifespan of any normal cat and it seems like the pact Bobo and his mom made worked. One in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetimes, however, like Bobo’s story shows, cancer is not always a death sentence for pets. In fact, unlike many common diseases facing pets such as heart failure, kidney disease, or diabetes, cancer is actually curable. Our doctors remain educated in the latest developments and protocols surrounding chemotherapy. The recommended treatment for cancer depends upon a variety of factors including but not limited to age and quality of life and can vary from chemotherapy to supportive care. Some things that you can do to reduce your pet’s risk for cancer include getting them spayed or neutered, keeping them at a healthy weight, and visiting the veterinarian twice yearly for regular check-ups.

Fall Fun at MVH!

LuluOur annual fall photo booth and costume contest is underway! Visit our fall photo booth in the hospital and choose from a variety of costumes for your pet to enter them into our annual costume contest. You can also submit photos of your pets in costume from home by e-mailing their photo to mvhmail@moorparkvet.com. We are giving away great prize baskets to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Winners will be featured on our social media and contacted directly on Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31st). All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday 10/28/15. While you're here this month you can also play our candycorn count contest by guessing the amount of candycorn displayed in our lobby. Whoever guesses correctly or closest will win an MVH gift card and the candycorn. During the last two weeks of this month you can also vote for your favorite pumpkin carving as our staff competes in their highly-anticipated pumpkin carving contest. This is always a fun time of year for us and we cannot wait to share that fun with you and your pets.
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