Ken Niedziela

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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 […]

Lincoln Memorial University vet school

Lincoln Memorial expands veterinary facilities

Lecture halls, laboratories and classrooms, as well as the dean’s office, are inside a new 85,000-square-foot building.

Lincoln Memorial University has completed construction of a three-story, 85,000-square-foot building that will serve the College of Veterinary Medicine on the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. A ribbon-cutting held May 3 brought together university officials and dignitaries, including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DVM. The building houses two large lecture halls, 24 communications laboratories, […]

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. […]


CDC reports elevated suicide rates among veterinarians

Federal officials call for a collaborative effort to tackle the issue.

A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that suicide rates for U.S. veterinarians are much higher than those of the general population. The study examined 36 years of death records covering 11,620 veterinarians to conclude that female veterinarians were 3.5 times and male veterinarians 2.1 times as likely […]

A candidate’s job market

If you want to check the pulse of the veterinary industry, I suggest you attend the American Veterinary Medical Association’s next Economic Summit, the latest of which took place in October. The annual conference is where practitioners, analysts, college deans and other industry insiders deliver presentations on how the profession has fared and where it’s […]

California veterinary clinics didn’t escape wildfires

At least two hospitals were ruined in Northern California, but the news was better down south.

An undetermined number of veterinary hospitals were destroyed in California wildfires that have scorched a quarter-million acres and killed more than 80 people. The California Veterinary Medical Association did not know the extent of the damage, but online and social media reports indicated that at least two clinics were lost in Paradise, California. Colyer Veterinary […]

An information leader

What if you could go to one online location and find thousands of manufacturer documents and practice tools — from product detailers, sales sheets and white papers to videos, brochures and dosing charts? Pretty neat, right? Today’s Veterinary Business has all that and more in our new Resource Library. Check it out at The […] Protection Status