COVID-19 veterinary

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.”

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 the first three installments in this weekly series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3 Nova Scotia, Canada, veterinary nurse Ashlyne McRae, RVT These last few days have been […]

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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 “COVID-19 […]

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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. […]

Carol McConnell and Jules Benson

Nationwide welcomes new chief veterinary officer

Dr. Jules Benson replaces Dr. Carol McConnell at the nation’s largest pet health insurer.

Pet health insurance veteran Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, is stepping down as chief veterinary officer at Nationwide after 13 years on the job. Her replacement, Jules Benson, BVSc, MRCVS, served as associate vice president of veterinary relations since joining Nationwide, the largest U.S. pet insurer, in September 2019. The company reported that Dr. McConnell will […]

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Forecast is grim for veterinary services in 2020

Packaged Facts expects a pandemic-related thrashing of the U.S. pet market over the short term.

The coronavirus pandemic will batter the U.S. pet market in 2020 and especially the animal care sector, where revenue from veterinary services is forecast to plunge by 30%, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts. The company’s newly released report, “U.S. Pet Market Outlook,” predicts a 20% rebound in veterinary services in 2021, rising […]

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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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AVMA convention remains on the calendar

The San Diego event is set to kick off July 31.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is reassuring people unnerved by the COVID-19 pandemic that its annual convention is still scheduled to take place four months from now. An email notice from AVMA CEO Janet D. Donlin, DVM, CAE, advised registrants and prospective attendees that “we’re proceeding with plans” for the convention, which is set for […]

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Chapter 3: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

Last week was difficult for practice owners and veterinary teams. The federal CARES Act could be a financial lifeline for some hospitals.

For the most part, business is not booming at veterinary practices. The vast majority of hospitals remain open during the COVID-19 crisis, but many are postponing non-emergency services and some have reduced their hours, if not their staffs. Click here to read Chapter 1 from March 16 and here to read Chapter 2 from March […]

Marboquin drug

FDA authorizes Dechra’s generic antibiotic

Marboquin tablets, similar to the Zoetis drug Zeniquin, can be prescribed to treat certain skin and soft tissue infections in cats and dogs.

Dechra Veterinary Products has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a generic version of Zoetis’ Zeniquin antibiotic for cats and dogs. The new Marboquin tablets are indicated for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections associated with bacteria susceptible to marbofloxacin, the active ingredient. The once-a-day prescription medication was approved in dosages […]

Lap of Love

Cortec Group invests in Lap of Love

The veterinarian-owned pet hospice company is looking to expand.

The private equity firm Cortec Group has purchased a minority stake in Lap of Love, a 10-year-old veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia service provider. Lap of Love co-founders Dani McVety, DVM, and Mary Gardner, DVM, will remain with the company. “We have recently had investors come join us to help further the growth of our […] Protection Status