Vaccine Resources for Health Care Providers

Training materials for clinic staff

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is committed to helping pet owners, veterinarians and clinic staff obtain the latest information about the value of canine and feline vaccines.

Some pet owners may have a high concern for vaccine safety and a low concern about their pet getting an infectious disease. It's well documented in medical research that severe vaccine reactions occur infrequently and the benefits of vaccine far outweigh the risk. In addition, research has shown time and again that pet owners rely on their veterinary professionals to help determine what is in the best interest of their cat or dog.

There are a variety of resources available to help health care providers communicate with pet owners. If you are a veterinarian, technician or staff member, call or ask your BIVI sales representative to order these educational staff training materials. They are great tools for new staff personnel or as a refresher course for current staff.

  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Basics — tools to educate your staff about infectious disease in canine and feline patients.
  • Quick Reference Guides — quick facts about canine and feline diseases in a set of handy flip cards designed for front-office staff to easily answer questions about vaccines.
  • Have We Seen Your Cat Lately™ Program — includes in-clinic signage, pet owner brochures, and a sample news release for clinic use. Helps raise awareness about getting cats the veterinary care they deserve.
  • Be Vaccine Smart™ Pet Health Brochures — pet owner education pieces that help clinic staff explain the risks of infections diseases for dogs and cats and the reasons for vaccination.
  • What to Expect After Vaccination — individual sheets from a tear-off pad explain vaccination is a medical procedure with benefits and risks; an important part of your pet owner education efforts.
  • Be Vaccine Smart™ Lunch and Learn Programs — BIVI sales representatives are armed with a series of 20-minute learning modules designed to educate clinic staff on a variety of topics. Contact your BIVI representative to learn more about programs on the value of vaccines, benefits/risks associated with vaccines, how to have more confident conversations with pet owners about the value of vaccines and basic immunology.
  • Be Vaccine Smart™ Opinion Leader Videos — four videos by small animal veterinary experts who talk about the value of vaccines. Learn what these experts are hearing from clinics across the country and their own experiences regarding disease outbreaks and pet owner concerns about vaccination. Find out why all four have a firm belief in the value of vaccines to prevent devastating infectious diseases. Use the videos to educate and train your veterinary clinic staff.


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A new ACVIM Consensus Statement of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) provides the veterinary community with up-to-date information on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of clinically important animal diseases. This study about lepto was authored by J.E. Sykes, K. Hartmann, K.F. Lunn, G.E. Moore, R.A. Stoddard and R.E. Goldstein and was published in the January-February 2011 issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Have we seen your cat lately?

Nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. cat-owning households also have dogs. Likewise, 41 percent of dog-owning households also have cats. Make sure you are including both your dog and cat in these important annual visits to the vet. Have we seen YOUR cat lately?