Here are a few useful
links to sites that provide information about pet care and pet products.
As with any web site, the information provided
is general in nature. This information is not intended to be provided as
medical advice or as a substitute for proper medical attention. For more
specific information on how any procedures and products are relevant to your
pets' needs, please contact your veterinarian.
American Veterinary Medical
This professional association for veterinarians provides a wide range of information
useful to both veterinarians and pet owners about animal care. Of
particular interest to the pet owner would be their Care for Animals section.
Virginia Department of Agriculture
The Virginia Department of Agriculture provides laboratory services for
veterinarians (such as Coggins testing for horses), provides information on
a variety of topics, and defines the animal welfare laws and regulations
for the state of Virginia.
Hills Pet Nutrition
Hills Pet Nutrition produces Science Diet® and Prescription Diet®
brand pet foods for dogs and cats with specific needs. Berryville Avenue
Veterinary Clinic carries a wide variety of Prescription Diet®
Purina produces a variety of Veterinary Diet® brand pet foods
for dogs and cats with specific needs. Berryville Avenue Veterinary Clinic
carries a wide variety of Veterinary Diet® foods. (Please note
that the general-access Purina website does not carry information on their
Veterinary Diet® brands at this time.)
Prevention & Control
Bayer is the pharmaceutical company that produces Advantage®
flea control for cats and Advantix® flea, tick and mosquito protections
for dogs only.
Capstar® and Interceptor®
Novartis is the pharmaceutical company that produces Capstar® flea control for dogs and cats and Interceptor® heartworm
prevention and hookworm, roundworm and whipworm control for dogs.
Frontline® and Heartguard®
Merial is the pharmaceutical company that produces Frontline® flea and tick control and Heartguard® heartworm, hookworm and
Pfizer is the pharmaceutical company that produces Revolution® brand parasite control for the
prevention of heartworm and control of fleas, ticks, ear mites, and
Fort Dodge is the pharmaceutical company that produces Promeris®
brand parasite control for the prevention control of fleas and ticks.
the Veterinary Profession
a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Based at Virginia Tech, the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine is the only program in the Virginia/Maryland/West
Virginia region that provides post-graduate courses towards becoming a
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. This is a four-year post-graduate program.
Veterinarians must be licensed to work in the state of Virginia.
Becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
There are two regional colleges offering veterinary technician programs
accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. These colleges
are Blue Ridge Community College and Northern Virginia Community
College. Both colleges offer off-site learning and two-year programs.
Veterinary technicians must be licensed to work in the state of Virginia.
Becoming a Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistants provide general assistance to DVMs and LVTs.
Assistants need not be licensed to work in the state of Virginia, but their
duties with regard to medical treatment are therefore limited. Many clinics
hire assistants on a part-time basis, including after-school and summer
help from high-school age students considering a future career in
veterinary medicine. Berryville Avenue Veterinary Clinic and other
veterinary offices often entertain serious inquiries for employment.