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From the Editors

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 […]

New from Petco: PetCoach

Strolling the exhibitor aisles at the Colorado Convention Center, I came across the industry heavyweights as well as the small vendors and everyone in between. But what grabbed my attention at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention was a company I didn’t expect to see occupying a large island booth: Petco. Petco, like PetSmart, is […]

A growth opportunity

Leave a phone message for Mark Opperman, CVPM, and odds are the practice consultant extraordinaire won’t call back from his home base of Lawrence, Kansas. “Normally, about three weeks out of four, I’m on the road, either doing seminars or consults or teaching at one of over 20 veterinary schools,” he said. “I was just […]

The power of choice

The whirlwind of 2018 veterinary conferences and meetings is in full swing. Thousands of veterinary professionals kicked off the year by attending VMX or WVC, while the rest of the year presents additional opportunities such as the Veterinary Innovation Summit, the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention and Fetch. It’s encouraging to realize that today we […]

Your opinion matters

  If you’re like me, when you finish an online article about some controversial topic, you zip to the comments section to see what other readers think about the issue at hand. And if you’re like me, sometimes you weigh in, too. I enjoy reading opposing viewpoints because they open my eyes to facts and […]