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From the Editors

It’s a work in progress

You might think that conditions have improved two years after the release of the first Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study, which discovered troubling rates of psychological distress among U.S. veterinarians. You’d be wrong. The results of a 2020 follow-up survey revealed that 9% of veterinarians are suffering with their well-being, the same rate as […]

Stopgap employers

Say you’re an associate veterinarian living in Kentucky who would love to spend a winter working and snowboarding in Colorado. Or you’re a Minnesota practitioner tired of February ice fishing and you long for a working vacation in South Florida. Or perhaps you like your current job but need a second paycheck. Companies like Holiday […]

The past and the future

Who wants to own a veterinary hospital? Listening to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s chief economist, Dr. Matthew Salois, I found out that fewer people do. “We hear anecdotally that a lot of new associates are less interested in practice ownership for a number of reasons,” Dr. Salois reported at the AVMA’s annual Economic Summit. […]

They’re in the Army now

My daughter, a high school senior who has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since she was in grade school — sound familiar? — hasn’t given much thought to what veterinary school will cost a few years from now or how she will pay for it. I, on the other hand, have been thinking about college […]

Eliminating the stigma

I trust that you’ve heard or read about the mental health crisis afflicting too many U.S. veterinary professionals. But did you know that it’s a global problem? In July, I attended the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s World Congress, which was held in Toronto in conjunction with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association annual convention. WSAVA’s […]

Independents still rule

Supported by big investors, consolidators have gobbled up a couple of thousand veterinary practices. NVA, for example, owns more than 600, VetCor over 300, and relative newcomers Southern Veterinary Partners and Compassion-First come in at 79 and 35, respectively. The head counts likely will be higher by the time you read this. Hearing that your […]

In support of ‘nurses’

It’s no secret the North American Veterinary Community, publisher of this journal, is a fervent supporter of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative. The nationwide campaign to make “registered veterinary nurse” the legally recognized title of all credentialed veterinary technicians — a drive led by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America — will be 2 […]

Where are all the vets?

Around the corner from the spacious Expo Hall locations filled by Idexx, Boehringer Ingelheim and Henry Schein Animal Health was Veterinary Healthcare Associates’ 10-by-10-foot booth. Why would a 24-hour emergency hospital and general practice pay to exhibit at VMX 2019 among hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and service providers? Because Veterinary Healthcare Associates is preparing to […]

A candidate’s job market

If you want to check the pulse of the veterinary industry, I suggest you attend the American Veterinary Medical Association’s next Economic Summit, the latest of which took place in October. The annual conference is where practitioners, analysts, college deans and other industry insiders deliver presentations on how the profession has fared and where it’s […]

An information leader

What if you could go to one online location and find thousands of manufacturer documents and practice tools — from product detailers, sales sheets and white papers to videos, brochures and dosing charts? Pretty neat, right? Today’s Veterinary Business has all that and more in our new Resource Library. Check it out at www.VeterinaryResourceLibrary.com. The […]