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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. […]

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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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Chapter 6: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

The new normal for veterinary practices is a work in progress given the state of affairs from state to state.

This week: Optimism is the word of the day within some quarters as the Payroll Protection Program begins to pay off and some veterinary professionals express confidence that “We’re almost done.” Others aren’t so sure. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 7   Chapter 8 […]

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New from Idexx: COVID-19 pet test

The SARS-CoV-2 RealPCR Test should be given only under certain circumstances, according to the company.

Responding to customer demand, Idexx Laboratories Inc. has released a COVID-19 test for pets. The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RealPCR Test is available to North American veterinarians and will be shipped worldwide “in the coming weeks,” Idexx stated. The company pointed to “growing evidence that in rare cases pets living with COVID-19 positive humans can be at […]

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For all graduating veterinarians: an online ceremony

The College of Veterinary Medicine Virtual Graduation, set for May 3, is open to fourth-year students and guests.

Fourth-year veterinary students whose spring graduations were unceremoniously canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be recognized and celebrated May 3 during the College of Veterinary Medicine Virtual Graduation. Organized by South Carolina veterinarian Andy Roark, DVM, MS, the online event will present an assortment of commencement speakers. “While events outside of our control may […]

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Chapter 5: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

As veterinary practices adjust to the new normal, client frustration grows over visitation guidelines and hospital owners encounter hurdles when applying for government aid.

This week: Tiny acts of gratitude, courtesy of bosses, clients and industry reps, can lift the spirits of veterinary teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Dr. Peter Weinstein reports: “The debacle of trying to get federal funding continues with some practices getting lucky and some getting totally frustrated.” Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1 […]

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April starts poorly for veterinary practices

iVET360 finds declines in revenue, transactions and new-client numbers.

Data collected by the practice management services firm iVET360 shows double-digit declines in business at many veterinary hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portland, Oregon, company reported that on April 8, for example, revenue was down 16.2% across 735 U.S. hospitals compared with the same weekday, Wednesday, in early April 2019. Transactions fell by 19.8% […]

New York State

Traffic slows at most N.Y. veterinary hospitals

Business is down more than 50% at one-third of practices in the New York City area due to COVID-19.

Nearly all New York State veterinary hospitals surveyed have seen a drop-off in business during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 60% reporting a decline of at least 25%. The New York State Veterinary Medical Society found that 3% of the 240 practices surveyed have closed statewide. In the New York City/Long Island region, which has been […]

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