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pet boarding

Packaged Facts predicts decline in pet boarding

A virus-caused slowdown in non-medical pet care services also could extend to sitting and grooming.

Within the pet industry, non-medical services such as boarding, sitting and grooming are expected to take the “hardest short-term blow” due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Packaged Facts. Under a best-case scenario, the market research firm reported, pet boarding revenue through veterinary practices and other business owners will grow by 2% […]

VetFolio

VetFolio access is free during coronavirus crisis

Select courses can be completed online for continuing education credit.

As the CE deadline for veterinarians to remain licensed in more than 20 states nationwide approaches and many learning events are canceled worldwide, VetFolio, a joint venture of the North American Veterinary Community and LifeLearn Animal Health, is permitting free access to its online learning curriculum during the coronavirus outbreak. Starting March 19, veterinary professionals […]

preventive care

Do we really want to postpone preventive care?

In these pandemic days, wellness visits might not be a priority, but the risks to animal health aren’t going away.

Like all of us, I’m following with great interest the changing landscape of COVID-19 and am especially appreciative of our associations’ continuously updating the profession and providing expert guidance. However, I’m troubled by the recommendation that we postpone preventive care. I’m struck by our profession’s long-term discounting of the value of wellness care. With tens […]

AAVMC awards

AAVMC conference wraps up just in time

An Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges event drew hundreds of people to the nation’s capital.

Before the surge in COVID-19 cases and declarations of emergency, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges squeezed in what might be the last large veterinary meeting for some time. The organization’s 2020 annual conference and Iverson Bell Symposium brought more than 300 people to Washington, D.C., over four days in early March for sessions, […]

telemedicine

Telemedicine to the rescue

Remote tools can help blunt COVID-19’s impact on veterinary practices.

As a practicing veterinarian for a quarter century, I have never experienced a time like this, when vets must be as concerned about potentially sick pet owners as we are about the clients’ sick pets. Many clients are understandably reluctant to come to the office for a face-to-face consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to […]

AAVSB

National veterinary group issues COVID-19 guidance

AAVSB says veterinary practices “must be included within the definition of ‘essential services or businesses.’ ”

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards is urging lawmakers to classify veterinary practices as essential businesses and endorsing telemedicine as an important way to protect the health of veterinary team members during the coronavirus pandemic. “The pace of events, concerns and governmental action quickened dramatically over the past weekend,” the organization’s executive director, James […]

telemedicine

Chapter 1: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

Veterinary practices are hard at work seeing patients in person and by remote means.

Today’s Veterinary Business asked veterinary and industry professionals to talk about what they’re seeing and hearing as the United States deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. This week: Telemedicine is getting a big thumbs-up from veterinary practices during the national coronavirus emergency. Veterinary professionals inside and outside of practice report that while it’s business as usual […]

Ernie Ward

How to navigate these turbulent times

Dr. Ernie Ward offers practical advice for clinic owners and managers facing virus-caused business challenges.

Practicing veterinarian and consultant Ernie Ward, DVM, CVFT, who guided clinics through previous pandemics, has a wealth of advice for hospitals dealing with fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Ward, a member of the Today’s Veterinary Business editorial advisory board, posted an 11-minute video and an article recommending what practice owners and managers should […]

Baltimore

Fetch conference in Baltimore is postponed

The virus-delayed April meeting is expected to be rescheduled.

MJH Life Sciences, reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and a government mandate, has postponed the first of its four Fetch veterinary conferences scheduled for 2020. The Baltimore event had been set for April 2 through 5. A new date was not announced. “With the rapid developments related to this virus and the concerns people everywhere […]

COVID-19

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 […]

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