Preventive medicine is becoming a cornerstone of practice for general veterinary clinics, making it increasingly important for veterinary professionals to understand the benefit diagnostic testing can have on preventive care and keeping pets healthy.

Recognizing the important role diagnostics play in preventive care, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), in conjunction with Abaxis Global Diagnostics, has developed a year-long preventive care testing initiative through the Abaxis Veterinary Consulting Group ("AVC") to educate practitioners about preventive medicine and implementation of preventive medical care programs.

"Health care regimens that enhance the human-animal relationship, lengthen patient life span, and improve patient quality of life are so important in today’s veterinary profession," said Janice Trumpeter, DVM, AAHA deputy chief executive officer. "Our hope through this initiative is to give practitioners the resources they need to leverage diagnostic testing in their hospital’s preventive care program."

The initiative will include:

Two educational preventive care and wellness testing booklets, available in Trends Magazine and

Educational preventive care testing web conferences and a certificate course, available through

Educational workshops provided by Abaxis Veterinarians for AHHA Hospitals and Abaxis customers held in various cities in the United States and Canada to assist practices in implementing preventive care and wellness testing initiatives.

"By implementing a point-of-care regimen using the protocols put forth by AAHA and Abaxis, the diagnostic protocols will not only improve blood work compliance, but also allow the Veterinarian to provide treatment options to the client during the patient visit," said Craig Tockman, DVM, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at Abaxis Global Diagnostics.

Abaxis, Inc. is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of portable blood analysis systems that are used in a broad range of medical specialties in human or veterinary patient care to provide clinicians with rapid blood constituent measurements. Our mission is to improve the efficiency of care delivery to and the quality of life of patients in the medical and veterinary markets.

The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization that accredits companion animal practices throughout the United States and Canada according to high standards of veterinary care.

AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team.