Mara DePena

Mara DePena is a former veterinary assistant with experience working in animal hospitals in the United States and Spain.

She obtained her B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2018 with a companion and laboratory animal emphasis. She currently works at Morris Animal Foundation as a Project Manager.

 

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

As our pets age, we typically focus on the physical changes that are likely to arise. However, we should also be aware of the possibility of changes to cognition and should be equipped to recognize, diagnose, and manage cognitive dysfunction syndrome.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Managing Separation Anxiety

Our pets are our constant companions. They love us unconditionally, just as we love them. But what happens when that loves becomes codependence?

Dogs With Jobs

Service dogs, working dogs, therapy dogs, emotional support dogs. What are the differences between these working “paw-fessionals?

Veterinary in-house laboratory

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider In-House Labs

Regardless of your facility’s proximity to an external laboratory, it’s worth considering the merit of in-house labs.

5 Keys to Successfully Integrating Ultrasound Into Your Veterinary Practice

5 Keys to Successfully Integrating Ultrasound Into Your Veterinary Practice

An in-house ultrasound is an invaluable resource for any veterinary practice. When considering how to integrate ultrasound into your practice, consider these keys to success.

Veterinary X-ray

6 Factors to Consider when asking “Is It Time to Update my Digital X-Ray?

The world of veterinary diagnostics is constantly changing. As technology continues to advance, it’s worth reevaluating your current x-ray setup and determining whether to invest in an upgrade.

Exploring Mental Health in Companion Animals

Our canine companions can suffer from canine compulsive disorder (CCD), a disorder very similar in nature to human OCD.

The Positive Impact of Companion Animals on Mental Health

The Positive Impact of Companion Animals on Mental Health

When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, many of us utilize different strategies and techniques to take care of ourselves; these methods range greatly from meditation, to exercise, to crafts, to journaling.

The new normal

The New Normal

Whilst the demand for veterinary care has increased, staffing shortages have ravaged the veterinary field.

Troubled Veterinarian

Not One More Vet

This Suicide Prevention Day we want to make sure we address an incredibly important movement: Not One More Vet.