Ken Niedziela

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It’s a work in progress

You might think that conditions have improved two years after the release of the first Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study, which discovered troubling rates of psychological distress among U.S. veterinarians. You’d be wrong. The results of a 2020 follow-up survey revealed that 9% of veterinarians are suffering with their well-being, the same rate as […]

AAHA coronavirus

AAHA suspends on-site accreditation visits

Other than cancellation of a seminar and a meeting, major veterinary associations are open for business during the coronavirus scare.

Veterinary practices awaiting an accreditation visit from the American Animal Hospital Association will hear from someone remotely rather than meet in-person during the COVID-19 outbreak. “For the time being, AAHA will be limiting air travel and conducting virtual rather than in-person practice evaluations,” the organization reported on its website. “Expect to hear from your member […]


VCA stops elective declaw surgeries nationwide

Nearly 900 VCA hospitals join sister companies Banfield and BluePearl in forbidding most onychectomies.

Elective declaw surgery is now banned at all 875 VCA Animal Hospitals across the United States. The policy change, which went into effect this month, follows similar moves at 1,050 Banfield Pet Hospitals and 80 BluePearl practices. All three companies are owned by Mars Inc. “At Mars Veterinary Health, we believe every pet deserves a […]

Michael Cavanaugh

AAHA’s chief executive is leaving in June

The hospital accreditation organization will replace longtime CEO Michael Cavanaugh.

The American Animal Hospital Association, which accredits up to 15% of veterinary clinics in the United States and Canada, is looking to replace Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (emeritus), who will step down June 30 after 10 years as CEO. The Lakewood, Colorado, association credited Dr. Cavanaugh with a multitude of achievements, among them overseeing the […]

Stopgap employers

Say you’re an associate veterinarian living in Kentucky who would love to spend a winter working and snowboarding in Colorado. Or you’re a Minnesota practitioner tired of February ice fishing and you long for a working vacation in South Florida. Or perhaps you like your current job but need a second paycheck. Companies like Holiday […]


AVMA formally discourages declawing of cats

The House of Delegates approves language respecting “the veterinarian’s right to use professional judgment.”

The American Veterinary Medical Association has revised its policy on cat declaws, opting to discourage the procedure rather than rely on client education as a way to shed light on other options. The updated policy was approved by 84% of the House of Delegates after a 90-minute floor discussion during a meeting in Chicago. Some […]

The past and the future

Who wants to own a veterinary hospital? Listening to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s chief economist, Dr. Matthew Salois, I found out that fewer people do. “We hear anecdotally that a lot of new associates are less interested in practice ownership for a number of reasons,” Dr. Salois reported at the AVMA’s annual Economic Summit. […]

Tom Bohn

Exit interview: The NAVC’s Tom Bohn

He helped transform the North American Veterinary Community from a 22-person organization into one that greatly expanded its workforce, budget and mission. Now he’s taking his drive, talent and ideas elsewhere.

Tom Bohn, CAE, MBA, joined the North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, as CEO in January 2013. This past fall he announced his resignation and subsequent move from Orlando, Florida, to Chicago, where he will serve as CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth. Today’s Veterinary Business: Before you were hired at […]

They’re in the Army now

My daughter, a high school senior who has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since she was in grade school — sound familiar? — hasn’t given much thought to what veterinary school will cost a few years from now or how she will pay for it. I, on the other hand, have been thinking about college […]

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SwineTech wins Investment Forum’s Innovation Award

The Iowa company and 10 other start-ups draw the attention of industry experts and investors at the annual KC Animal Health Corridor event.

SwineTech Inc. thinks it can stop sows from crushing their piglets, a problem that CEO Matthew Rooda said occurs more than 100 million times a year. The technology, SmartGuard, and Rooda’s presentation earned SwineTech the $10,000 Innovation Award at the KC Animal Health Corridor Investment Forum. The annual event puts emerging companies like SwineTech onstage […] Protection Status