Ken Niedziela

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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 […]

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 […]


Veterinarians sell 74% of pet medications

Online merchants are expected to claim 20% of the market by 2022.

E-commerce’s growing share of the pet medications market stands at 15%, but veterinarians maintain majority control and are fighting back with internet pharmacies of their own, according to a new report. The market research firm Packaged Facts estimates that U.S. sales of drugs made for dogs and cats reached $9 billion in 2018, a nearly […]

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Revised AVMA policy urges pet insurance education

Veterinary teams are now encouraged to make clients aware of insurance as a financial option.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is encouraging practitioners and their teams to proactively educate clients about the existence of pet health insurance as a way to help defray the cost of medical care. The House of Delegates approved a policy change Aug. 2 that elevates pet health insurance from merely being endorsed by the AVMA […]

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AVMA’s de Jong exposes ‘tough, honest truths’

The departing president says the industry faces a number of hurdles. He calls on veterinarians to “protect, promote and advance our profession.”

The outgoing president of the American Veterinary Medical Association shared what he called “some tough, honest truths” about the profession during remarks delivered to the House of Delegates. John de Jong, DVM, speaking Aug. 2 at the AVMA convention in Washington, D.C., touched on everything from an acute shortage of veterinarians to a lack of […]

Eliminating the stigma

I trust that you’ve heard or read about the mental health crisis afflicting too many U.S. veterinary professionals. But did you know that it’s a global problem? In July, I attended the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s World Congress, which was held in Toronto in conjunction with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association annual convention. WSAVA’s […]

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Pet insurance could get a boost from AVMA

The House of Delegates will consider a resolution calling on veterinary teams to educate clients about health coverage.

Veterinary clients might learn a lot more about pet health insurance if the AVMA House of Delegates approves a resolution at the panel’s summer meeting. An update to a longstanding American Veterinary Medical Association policy would encourage veterinary practices to proactively educate clients about the existence of pet insurance. Today, some practices do little or […]

Dr. Angie Hawkins

The fast track

Practice ownership can happen early in a veterinarian’s career, and perhaps at a lower cost of entry, through one of a small number of franchisers.

The decision was easy for Angie Hawkins, DVM. Six years after graduating from Mississippi State University and still owing more than $200,000 in student loans, the married mother of two chose to do what few veterinarians do: Become a hospital franchise owner. Dr. Hawkins signed the paperwork with the startup company Easyvetclinic, took out an […]

Independents still rule

Supported by big investors, consolidators have gobbled up a couple of thousand veterinary practices. NVA, for example, owns more than 600, VetCor over 300, and relative newcomers Southern Veterinary Partners and Compassion-First come in at 79 and 35, respectively. The head counts likely will be higher by the time you read this. Hearing that your […]

In support of ‘nurses’

It’s no secret the North American Veterinary Community, publisher of this journal, is a fervent supporter of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative. The nationwide campaign to make “registered veterinary nurse” the legally recognized title of all credentialed veterinary technicians — a drive led by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America — will be 2 […] Protection Status