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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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% […]
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 […]
How the government is helping practice owners
A paycheck protection loan and an economic injury grant are two of several business-friendly programs available to veterinarians.
Veterinary practices nationwide have suffered financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the best programs available that can help keep your hospital afloat and your employees employed. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) This U.S. Small Business Administration program helps cover the cost of retaining employees. If revenue has declined, you might have cut staff […]
Chapter 4: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines
“I try to remind anyone in this profession that we should be so proud to be veterinarians now more than ever.”
This week: Exhaustion and stress have become commonplace as veterinary practices adapt to the new normal. At some hospitals, business is fine; at others, it’s not so good. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter […]
COVID-19 resources: Watch and learn
Go online to hear from the experts.
Webinars and podcasts on the COVID-19 pandemic and what veterinary professionals need to know and do have been released or are scheduled. Available Now From VetFolio, LifeLearn Animal Health and NAVC, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business “COVID-19: What We Know and Don’t Know,” with J. Scott Weese, DVM, DACVIM. View the webinar at https://bit.ly/2wSuuyC “COVID-19 […]
Veterinary practices warn of PPE shortages
A survey by Veterinary Medical Association Executives reveals supply chain worries and a willingness to donate equipment to human hospitals when possible.
Many veterinary hospitals are running low on personal protection equipment and are having trouble reordering supplies, a survey showed. Ralph Johnson, CEO of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, told members in an email April 2 that 22% of the more than 1,500 hospitals surveyed expected to run out of surgical masks in seven days or less. […]