Today's Veterinary Business

South Saunders emergency hospital

N.C. clinic to become 24/7 emergency practice

Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at South Saunders opened a year ago as a general practice.

A 1-year-old North Carolina general practice will more than double its office hours and staffing when it evolves into a 24-hour-a-day emergency hospital. Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at South Saunders, part of the Vets Pets network, expects to unveil the transformation in the summer of 2021. “Our flagship hospital at South Saunders has become a […]

veterinary school

Veterinary school applicants soar by 19%

More than 10,000 students sought admission to DVM programs during the latest VMCAS cycle.

The number of applicants to DVM programs through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service jumped by 19% during the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Overall, 10,273 people applied to at least one veterinary school, an increase from 8,645 last year, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The 19% increase compared with recent annual rises […]


Airvet expands video calls to computers, tablets

Veterinary teams can connect with clients in real time and in a variety of formats.

Telemedicine platform developer Airvet has added a video call feature to its desktop portal, permitting veterinary teams to see and speak with clients from an office computer or tablet. “This new feature provides more convenience for the veterinary professionals we serve, opening up telemedicine usage to the entire staff, namely technicians and CSRs,” said Brandon […]


Pets remain in high demand during COVID

An estimated 11.38 million U.S. households have gotten a new pet during the pandemic.

One thing the pandemic hasn’t changed much is society’s love of pets. The American Pet Products Association reported in its latest “COVID-19 Pulse Study” that 11.38 million U.S. households have gotten a new pet during the pandemic. Furthermore, the human-animal bond remains strong, with 3 out of 4 pet owners saying that spending time with […]

VSG and Covetrus

Covetrus invests in Veterinary Study Groups

VSG will operate independently under the Covetrus corporate umbrella.

Veterinary product and service provider Covetrus has made what it called a “strategic investment” in Veterinary Study Groups Inc., which runs dozens of peer-to-peer, members-only management groups. Financial terms were not announced, but Covetrus reported that Georgia-based VSG will operate as a standalone company inside of Covetrus. VSG’s Veterinary Management Groups (VMG) have over 1,100 […]


WSAVA elects its first female president

Thai veterinarian Siraya Chunekamrai vows to lead efforts “to increase our inclusivity.”

The founder of Thailand’s first private equine surgery practice has been named the first female president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, a conglomeration of 113 veterinary organizations across the globe. Siraya Chunekamrai, DVM, Ph.D., is a former president of the Veterinary Practitioners’ Association of Thailand. She earned her veterinary degree from Kasetsart University […]

Vital Care Petco

Petco introduces Vital Care wellness plan

For $19 a month, dogs and cats get unlimited veterinary visits. Canine nail trims and tooth brushings are free.

Dogs enrolled in Petco’s new $19-a-month wellness plan will receive unlimited veterinary exams, nail trims and teeth brushings. The program, Vital Care, is being rolled out at Vetco veterinary clinics inside 22 Petco stores and at Petco grooming salons nationwide. Cats qualify for unlimited veterinary exams. Petco, which operates 100 onsite veterinary hospitals through corporate […]

Manheim Pike Practice of the Year

Pennsylvania clinic wins AAHA Practice of the Year

Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital is credited with having a positive workplace culture.

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania, veterinary hospital hailed for its positive workplace culture has been named the 2020 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year. Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital was honored during Connexity by AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association’s annual conference. The event took place online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were very impressed by the dedication […]

retirement planning

AVMA Trust launches 401(k) plan for clinics

Practice owners can start a retirement program for themselves and their staffs.

Veterinary practice owners can start a 401(k) plan for themselves and their employees under a new retirement program from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA Trust Retirement Plan is offered by way of financial services giant Transamerica, which in late September launched an initiative centered on small businesses nationwide. “The plan will alleviate virtually […]

Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum

Register for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum

The Royal Canin-sponsored webinar series runs through Nov. 16.

The Royal Canin Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum will kick off the week of Oct. 12 with the “Know Your Worth” webinar series featuring Drs. Amanda Donnelly, Joy Fuhrman and Jessica Vogelsang. The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum had its inaugural event in 2019. Each year, the presentations are designed to develop leaders for the benefit of […]

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