2018 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report

In this year's report, we're shining a spotlight on antimicrobial resistance in feline patients.

Tools for Improvement

While there is no guarantee of success, there are certainly steps that everyone can take to minimize our impact and attempt to counteract current trends in the spread of antimicrobial resistance. By understanding process-driven ways by which we can improve, our profession can embrace a responsible path forward that allows us to treat our patients appropriately while also protecting public health.

Possible Intervention Methods


Minimize the number of medications and/or reduce the frequency of administration.


Encourage owners to pair medication administration with positive interactions like play or food.


Provide clients with administration instructions, demonstrate techniques in hospital, and follow up via text or phone call.

A Guide to Improving Healthcare Quality


What you aim to achieve and what you will need to do and measure


Implement the plan


Try to understand all outcomes


Make adjustments as needed

7 Effective Habits of Practices with Successful Compliance

A 2009 study from the American Animal Hospital Association noted that practices achieved greater compliance when they employed four or more of the following habits:

  • Frequent monitoring of compliance
  • Monitoring several areas of compliance
  • Attending compliance training workshops
  • Using multiple approaches to client education and communication
  • Conducting staff training exercises
  • Investing in compliance improvement
  • Developing and using written practice protocols

Read the full report on how we can promote the health of pets by using antimicrobials responsibly.