LEADER FOR VETERINARY
PRACTICE AND BUSINESS
November 2016 Volume 28/Number 11 www.VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
Boehringer to sell
vaccines to Elanco
How to thank
your staff, clients
Vet World: Mental health Page 4 I Surgical: Anesthesia scores Page 23
Dental: Feline oral SCC Page 24 I Evidence: Placebos Page 25 I Business: Confessions Page 29
What do you get when you ask mem- bers of the British Veterinary Association to photograph animal life inside and
away from the practice? Stunning images
of everything from an Egyptian fruit bat
to a horse undergoing laminitis surgery.
BVA’s inaugural photography contest
attracted more than 400 entries. All of
them, said BVA immediate past president
Sean Wensley, successfully captured “the
animal world through a vet’s eye.”
Shown here is English veterinarian Ste-
phen Powles’ winning photo in the cate-
gory “The Wonderful World of Animals.”
Turn to pages 20 and 21 to see the judg-
es’ top choice in the “You and Your Work”
category and for eight “highly commend-
Under new federal law, how employees are
classified and compensated gets trickier.
By Todd A. Newman, Esq., For Veterinary Practice News
Whether you’re treating something as deadly as cancer or as frustrating as chronic allergies, immunotherapy offers the
possibility of slowing or reversing disease.
Veterinary researchers have attempted for decades to harness
the power of the immune system to fight cancer. Given the challenges presented by cancer in its various forms, many experts
believe that immunotherapy eventually may be the game changer.
The next best hope for defeating cancer?
By Jackie Brown, For Veterinary Practice News
Immunotherapy, Page 26
WHAT YOU NEED
TO KNOW ABOUT
Properly determining whether employees are exempt from over- time pay is critical to any veterinary practice. This is especially
true as a new federal requirement kicks in Dec. 1, raising the minimum salary necessary to exempt most employees to $47,476 a year,
more than double the current level.
But this is just one piece of the puzzle. Employees also must fall
within one or more specific job categories, known as “
exemptions,” to be denied overtime rights. And, in most cases, an exempt
employee’s salary may not be docked for poor performance or
partial-day absences as this may nullify the exemption and give rise
to claims for overtime pay. Overtime, Page 28