Ken Niedziela

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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 […]

Where are all the vets?

Around the corner from the spacious Expo Hall locations filled by Idexx, Boehringer Ingelheim and Henry Schein Animal Health was Veterinary Healthcare Associates’ 10-by-10-foot booth. Why would a 24-hour emergency hospital and general practice pay to exhibit at VMX 2019 among hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and service providers? Because Veterinary Healthcare Associates is preparing to […]


AVMA membership reaches all-time high

75 percent of veterinarians are dues-paying members who see “meaning and value” in the organization.

Membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association has reached a record 93,438, a 9 percent jump in three years. The organization, which now represents three out of every four veterinarians, made a concerted effort to not only attract recent graduates but also persuade members to renew or, if they had left, return to the fold. […] Protection Status