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Pandemic could cut into clinical rotations

A survey of veterinary students reveals some unease about their education and job prospects.

Nearly 9 out of 10 veterinary students are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the availability of clinical hours — a key educational requirement — during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the networking website Harbor.vet. The survey of 184 students representing 24 veterinary schools found that all of the third-year students are […]

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Chapter 8: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“We’ve gone from surviving hour to hour in late March, to working day to day in April, to planning week to week in May.”

This week: Veterinary practice leaders are thinking more and more about how they will provide patient care in a post-COVID world. As restrictions ease, some clinics are farther ahead than others. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 6  Chapter 7  Chapter 9  Chapter 10  Chapter […]

San Diego

AVMA calls off 2020 convention due to COVID-19

Executives say the decision “wasn’t easy to make” but was “the right one.”

For only the third time in history, the American Veterinary Medical Association has canceled its annual convention, this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event had been scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 4 in downtown San Diego. The cancellation was announced May 1 in a letter from AVMA President John Howe, DVM; board […]

VetWatch

Industry leaders team up to launch VetWatch

Veterinary team members are invited to take an online survey to help assess the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, is teaming up with industry leaders Animalytix, Greenline Pet and Circa Healthcare to launch VetWatch, a weekly reporting and monitoring service for critical trends and developments impacting the U.S. veterinary profession. This initiative will provide the data needed to help guide veterinary practice owners, managers […]

student loans

How COVID-19 affects your student loans

Conserving cash is a smart move during these trying times even as the government steps in with relief for borrowers.

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing a lot of people to rethink their monthly budget. As more Americans deal with or anticipate unemployment or reduced income, many face hard decisions. The uncertainty is prompting folks to take a close look at their spending. This is a great time to distinguish between wants and needs. You want […]

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Chapter 7: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“Overall business is very strong — fewer patients seen, but we are seeing almost 100% sick patients and a higher average ticket charge.”

This week: Stay-at-home orders haven’t discouraged pet owners from seeking veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At some hospitals, caseloads are up and revenue is down a bit. One hospital found 200 new clients in one month. Another plus: Practice owners are still hiring. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter […]

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2 N.Y. cats test positive for novel coronavirus

The first confirmed pet cases in the United States come with a CDC advisory that widespread testing is not recommended.

Two cats living in New York State are the first U.S. pets to test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, federal authorities announced April 22. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture advised that routine testing of pets is not recommended. The two cats displayed mild respiratory […]

NAVC drums up support for One Health Act

A grassroots advocacy campaign seeks to engage veterinary professionals and pet owners in the fight against zoonotic diseases.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, has launched a grassroots advocacy and awareness campaign to engage veterinary professionals and the broader pet-loving community in support of legislation to better prevent and respond to the spread of zoonotic diseases. The NAVC is utilizing its diverse platform, network and community of more than […]

VHMA March 2020 survey

Clinic business fell as COVID-19 took hold

VHMA reports a 2.3% drop in revenue in March and nearly universal implementation of curbside services.

A Veterinary Hospital Managers Association survey has found that revenue at several hundred companion animal practices declined by an average of 2.3% in March compared with 12 months earlier as COVID-19 infections spread nationwide and stay-at-home orders were enacted. February, by comparison, saw revenue growth of nearly 9% compared with the same month in 2019. […]

Baltimore

New date is set for Fetch’s Baltimore conference

The meeting is now scheduled for mid-July after a COVID-19 postponement.

The Fetch veterinary conference postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic has been rescheduled for July 16 to 19 in Baltimore. The event was to have taken place April 2 to 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center. “All previously registered attendees should have received an email regarding their options for their registration,” conference organizer MJH Life […]

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