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Flavia Vaduva

Flavia Vaduva is a general practice Veterinarian and product manager for VetPrep. She has a passion for veterinary medicine, education and business management. She really enjoys interacting with veterinary students and veterinary professionals. She spends her free time riding horses and traveling to explore new places!

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10 Mental Health Resources for Veterinarians

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on May 6, 2019 at 3:50 PM

It’s always been interesting to me how differently individuals in the general public view our profession. I’ve had people tell me, “it is a beautiful profession” to “that’s got to be one of the hardest jobs.” I wonder if maybe veterinary medicine lies somewhere in between or in a combination of these two statements. Personally, I believe our profession can be both incredibly rewarding and profoundly difficult.

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Topics: Suicide, Mental Health

Dirofilaria immitis Differences in Cats

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on April 22, 2019 at 12:42 PM

In your vet school, have you heard the phrase, “cats are not small dogs?” This is a great statement to remember because they are very different for a variety of reasons including but not limited to physiology, behavior, disease processes and drug metabolism.

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Topics: Dirofilaria immitis

The surprising thing you may not know about Bartonellosis

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on March 26, 2019 at 12:58 PM

While veterinary professionals are aware of the zoonotic potential of feline Bartonellosis, the potential for this hemotropic infectious organism to cause psychiatric disorders in humans may come as a surprise.

It is important to be aware of this risk, especially since B. henselae is not uncommon among cats. In fact, according to the CDC, “Bartonella henselae bacteremia has been documented in 30-40% of domestic and adopted shelter cats.” [1]

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Topics: Bartonellosis

What do you know about Brucella canis?

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on March 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
I recently asked my significant other (a Veterinarian who was top of his graduating class) this question and the exact answer I got was: “Not much, really.”
 
I realize that this is probably because often in small animal veterinary medicine, we focus heavily on spaying and neutering. But what if you had an owner interested in breeding their pet or a patient with possibly compatible clinical signs? 
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Topics: Brucella canis

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