American Veterinary Medical Association Hosts Annual Conference

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American Veterinary Medical Association

With more than 15 years of experience working in emergency veterinary medicine, Dr. Jennifer Creed most recently worked at Emergency Veterinary Services in Lisle, Illinois. Since 1993, Dr. Jennifer Creed has maintained membership with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Established in 1863, the AVMA is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 88,000 veterinarians. It advocates for its members and seeks to improve the practice of veterinary medicine. The AVMA also serves as the accrediting body for more than 45 veterinary colleges.

One of the ways the AVMA is able to reach out to its members is through its annual convention. This year’s conference was held on August 5 – 9, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. The annual convention features a variety of exhibitors, all showcasing their products, equipment, and services for those interested in veterinary medicine and care. In addition, the convention typically offers hands-on labs, lectures, and interactive sessions, so members can learn first-hand about trends in the industry. Attendees also have an opportunity to fulfill continuing education (CE) requirements and network with others. The 2017 convention is scheduled for July 21 – 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Signs to Observe in Ragdoll Cats for Urgent Care

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Ragdoll Cats

Dr. Jennifer Creed has more than 15 years of emergency veterinary medicine experience and more than five years of general practice experience. She most recently worked at Emergency Veterinary Services in Lisle, Illinois. Involved with the treatment and rescue of purebred cats, Dr. Jennifer Creed is especially attuned to the needs of ragdoll cats.

Typically a bigger cat with males reaching 20 pounds and females around 10 to 15 pounds, ragdolls are affectionate cats who tend to get along with people, including kids, and dogs. These cats reach full size when they turn four years old. Their striking blue eyes make them stand out, and they have a semi-longhaired coat that comes in six colors and four patterns.

According to the Aubrey Animal Medical Center, there are some signs ragdoll cat owners should pay attention to when caring for their pet. If the cat shows any of the following signs, the pet owner should take seek immediate medical care.

* Cloudiness or redness in the eyes

* Excessive scratching or shaking the head or ears

* Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis

* Weakness or rapid breathing

* Inability to urinate or discolored urine