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At CCVH we know that giving our patients the best care starts with education, so we support the lifelong learning of all of our staff. While all of our Veterinarians complete the required 30 CE credits every two years, and all of the other support staff are required to do two CEs a year, we encourage more. We are supporting three of our technicians as they work towards their Certified Veterinary Technician license through Penn Foster. All of our support staff are trained under the direct supervision of our doctors in-house as well.
It is also important to us to give back to and help improve the greater veterinary community. We have partnered with the Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Affiliate. This means that final year students from several veterinary universities have the opportunity to extern at CCVH under the supervision of our managing vet, Erica Wolbramsky. We are happy to host these veterinarian students as they bring enthusiasm and new information from the schools, providing them with real-world case studies. An extern may be observing, or assisting, the Creature Comforts staff veterinarian with your pet’s visit.
Starting summer of 2021, we are participating in Hill’s Clear the Shelter campaign. This campaign supports adoption, fostering, donations, and volunteering. You can help by going to the website above and contributing directly. In addition, a percentage of every purchase of Hill’s food through our online pharmacy goes to the campaign as well.
Every month we give a donation to the Montgomery County SPCA in honor of the pets that passed away that month.
In 2013, CCVH began a holiday tradition. We collect things like food, bedding, cleaning supplies (and monetary donations) to take to the Montgomery County SPCA. Each year between November 1st and December 31st, we will take 100% of donations brought to the hospital to the MCSPCA. Please help us ensure that each and every homeless animal will have a full belly while waiting to find a loving family of their own.
For the past 3 years, we have fundraised for Bark and Bowl, run by the National Canine Cancer Foundation. The Bark and Bowl was virtual in 2020/2021. Funds raised help with outreach, research, and education. You can donate directly using the link above.
In an effort to reduce our footprint on the planet, we try to be thoughtful about our materials usage and waste. Since our inception, we have recycled our electronics, made our own shredded paper litter for cats (note: some cats do not like this at home), and used bulk purchasing to reduce packaging waste. We have also always used reusable surgery gowns, and our to-go bags are not only made of 100% recycled kraft paper, but are 100% recyclable (and stylish too!).
About 4 years ago, we cut paper towel usage dramatically by switching to reusable cloth washcloths. This past year, with surgery caps and masks being difficult to find, we transitioned to reusable caps and masks as well. In the future, we are hoping to offer more paperless options for our clients.