Las Vegas veterinarian Dr. David Drake is urging pet owners to microchip their pets if they have not already done so. Research shows that without a microchip, 90 percent of lost pets are never reunited with their owners. A microchip is a small device encoded with a unique serial number that is implanted between a pet’s shoulders. Should a pet become lost, an animal shelter or veterinarian can scan the chip and securely access the owner’s contact information to ensure a happy reunion.
“A staggering nine out of every 10 lost pets will never be reunited with their owners,” said Dr. Drake. “Even worse, many of these pets will end up in animal shelters, where an estimated 30 to 60 percent of pets are ultimately euthanized. That’s a fate no beloved family pet should suffer.
Microchipping is an effective and permanent form of identification that helps return lost pets to their owners.” A microchip is no bigger than a grain of rice and contains a unique serial number. This serial number corresponds with the pet owner’s contact information, which is stored in a secure database. Only approved veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have access to this database.
“A pet owner’s private information is completely secure,” said Dr. Drake. “We must first scan the microchip and then log into the database in order to match the serial number up with the pet owner. Once we have done this, we can contact the pet owner directly and facilitate a reunion between the pet owner and the lost pet.”
Dr. Drake stressed that microchips are a safe, more reliable form of pet identification when compared with collar tags. Replacing the tag can be a hassle, which means pets could become lost and not even have the correct contact information listed on their tags. In contrast, microchip contact information can be instantly updated in the secure database. The staff at St. Francis Animal Hospital can handle the initial registration for each pet. Call 1-888-667-5235.
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Hispanics are underrepresented in healthcare and nursing in Nevada has few options for LPN training and they may not be as Hispanic-Friendly as their neighboring states. While Nevada has a large percentage of Hispanic and Latino citizens, only a small number of this population chooses careers in healthcare.
According to Practical Nursing.org, a website seeking to champion the growth of nursing professionals, the state of Nevada doesn’t offer many options when it comes to LPN programs. While bordering states, California and Arizona, offer more as well as Hispanic-Friendly LVN and LPN programs, Nevada only has a couple of options that may not be as Hispanic-Friendly as their neighboring states. With a growing Hispanic and Latino population across the country, many schools have retooled their curriculum and marketing strategies to better serve students of Hispanic and Latino ancestry.
Due to the limited number of state approved LPN schools in Nevada, they are not ranked, so no additional NCLEX information is listed on http://www.practicalnursing.
States leading the way for Hispanic-Friendly LPN and LVN programs are some with the highest percentage of Hispanic population across the U.S., including California, Texas, Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona. For a complete list of school data for these states or the top 50 Hispanic-Friendly Practical Nursing Programs, visit http://www.practicalnursing.
To make PracticalNursing.org’s list of Hispanic-Friendly nursing programs the school must have a population of Hispanic and Latino students that makes up at least 25% of their graduating class. The list also includes the NCLEX pass-rates for these schools, allowing the student to consider their options for their healthcare education before deciding on a school. The NCLEX-PN exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure. Boards use the combined NCLEX-PN exam pass-rates as a primary way to approve or deny a school’s ability to provide an adequate nursing education.
PracticalNursing.org believes in providing students with better transparency in regards to practical nursing programs, giving students the supplemental tools to help them find the appropriate training and guidance to take steps forward in their healthcare and nursing careers.
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Local cyclist prepares for 583-mile journey through Wisconsin to promote tree health. Richard Reitz of Las Vegas will participate in America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, the STIHL Tour des Trees, July 27-August 2, 2014 in Wisconsin. He is participating in this event to capitalize on an opportunity to support profound research paired with an exhilarating adventure. Reitz will join nearly 100 cyclists who’ve committed a week of their summer to ride 583 miles on a bike and raise a minimum of $3,500 for the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). To support Reitz’s ride, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/STdTTeamWesternChapter/fundraiser/richardreitz.
“It’s an opportunity to support the research and education that is essential for our industry to improve. It’s also an opportunity to share a week’s adventure with a special group of friends,” said Reitz, who works as a professor.
The 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees has set its sights on besting last year’s event, which raised $600,000 for the TREE Fund. The itinerary changes each year, and recent Tours have explored Illinois, Virginia, Oregon, New York State and Ontario. The ride has been featured on CNN, The Huffington Post and Forbes, along with Women’s Health, American Way and Adventure Cyclist.
This year’s Tour traces a loop through eastern Wisconsin launching from the legendary Milwaukee German Fest and returning a week later for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair at Mt. Mary College. The cyclists will overnight at Madison, The Wisconsin Dells, Stevens Point, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Port Washington. Along the way, they’ll stop to dedicate dozens of new trees donated and planted by local nurseries.
Professor Elwood Pricklethorn, the Tour’s embedded educator and ambassador for the trees, headlines programs for kids in Lake Mills, Sauk City, Nekoosa, New London, Manitowoc and Milwaukee (at the Wisconsin State Fair). Challenging cycling, spectacular scenery and cheese and brats are hallmarks of this Wisconsin Tour. The STIHL Tour des Trees raises the bar with a level of camaraderie that sets it apart from other charity fundraisers.
Since 1992, the Tour has raised more than $6.6 million for tree research and education programs, funding hundreds of research grants, along with scholarships for aspiring tree care professionals. TREE Fund researchers have helped to quantify the benefits of trees, develop hardier, drought- and disease-resistant species and improve methods for propagating, planting and maintaining strong healthy trees.
Photos and videos from previous Tours are available and visit the Rider Gallery to learn more about this year’s cyclists: http://stihltourdestrees.org/
About the TREE Fund
The TREE Fund’s mission is to support sustainable communities and
environmental stewardship by funding research, scholarships and
education programs essential to the discovery and dissemination of new
knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.
The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important developments in:
—Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
—Determining the costs and benefits of urban trees
—Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
—Strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
For more information, visit http://www.treefund.org/.
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The Rape Crisis Center hosts first-ever TeenSPACE youth summit The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) is hosting the first-ever TeenSPACE (Starting Prevention and Awareness in Communities Everywhere) Youth Summit at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. 4th Street, Las Vegas, on Thursday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The one-day event is intended to bring high-school age students together for learning and brainstorming sessions to empower the students with concrete ideas for ending sexual assault and related violence in their own communities – school, church group, club, etc.
The Summit is free to attend and is open to Clark County students enrolled in ninth through 12th grades during the 2014-2015 school year. Recent graduates from the class of 2014 may also attend. Interested students may register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration packet. Registration is free. Registration deadline is August 15, 2014.
During the Summit, the RCC staff will start the conversation and serve
as facilitators as the students work with each other to formulate ideas for preventing violence in their schools and community. At the end of the day, students will be asked to choose one project and commit to making it happen during the 2014-2015 school year. The RCC, in turn, will commit to supporting each student with information and resources to help make their project a reality.
“The statistics on the prevalence of teen dating abuse are staggering and sobering, and we feel very strongly that young people have the power to make a difference by stopping violence of all forms within their own peer group,” said Daniele Dreitzer, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center. “The Youth Summit is an excellent opportunity for students to not only hone their leadership skills, but to take what they learn and practically apply that knowledge within their immediate community.”
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