New York State

Business rebounds at many N.Y. hospitals

Nearly a quarter of surveyed clinics are performing better than they did in 2019.

A survey conducted by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society has found what the organization called “significant improvement in the volume of business” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In early April, 60% of responding practices reported year-over-year revenue declines of at least 25%. The latest figures, released June 4, showed that business […]

Friendship Hospital for Animals

Longtime owner sells D.C. veterinary practice

Friendship Hospital for Animals went from three doctors to 65 under the leadership of Dr. Peter Glassman.

Encore Vet Group has acquired its 28th practice, the 85-year-old Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction marked the end of a 42-year run for hospital director Peter Glassman, DVM, who purchased Friendship in 1981. “Dr. Glassman grew Friendship from a small three-doctor primary care practice to the premier […]

Economic Summit

AVMA Economic Summit switches to virtual format

COVID-19 will be among the subjects covered online in October.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual Economic Summit, a deep dive into the health and future of the profession, will be online only in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event had been scheduled for Oct. 27 and 28 in Chicago. The virtual version will take place on the same dates, and registration is […]


TeleVet offers free trial to Hill’s customers

Practices can access the telemedicine platform at no charge for 60 days.

Veterinary practices that do business with Hill’s Pet Nutrition can receive free 60-day access to the TeleVet telemedicine platform under an agreement between the two companies. “Vets are facing a time of unprecedented need for telemedicine,” said Steven Carter, co-founder and CEO of TeleVet. “Our partnership with Hill’s provides clinics with the means to provide […]

Imoxi Topical Solution for Cats

FDA approves generic feline parasiticide

Vetoquinol USA received a regulatory go-ahead for Imoxi Topical Solution for Cats.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Vetoquinol USA’s Imoxi Topical Solution for Cats, a generic equivalent of Bayer’s Advantage Multi antiparasitic. Imoxi Topical Solution for Cats (imidacloprid and moxidectin) is formulated to prevent heartworms and treat fleas, ear mites and intestinal parasites. The prescription drug’s approval came five months after the FDA authorized […]

veterinary march COVID

Chapter 11: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“What actions are we going to take that will help propel us into a new normal that includes more compassion, more collaboration and more kindness?”

This week: Dr. Mia Cary on diversity, Dr. Peter Weinstein on leadership and much more. Read the first 10 installments in this weekly series: Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5 Chapter 6   Chapter 7   Chapter 8   Chapter 9   Chapter 10 Cary Consulting CEO and change agent Mia Cary, DVM There is so […]

dog health insurance

2.8% of U.S. dogs carry health insurance

Canada does even better at 3.5% of dogs and an overall pet rate of 2.2%.

New figures show that nearly 3 out of every 100 U.S. dogs are covered by pet health insurance compared with fewer than 1 in 100 cats. The penetration rates of 2.8% and 0.6% followed an earlier report from the North American Pet Health Insurance Association showing record growth throughout the industry in 2019. NAPHIA’s State […]

student loans

Could loan relief be coming for veterinarians?

Lobbying is underway to include DVMs in the still-pending Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is raising the possibility of veterinarians being included in legislation that would wipe out some or all of their federal student loans. A bill introduced May 5 by New York Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney would forgive the eligible loan debt of health care workers “on the front line […]

client communication

VitusVet earns preferred vendor status

Victor Medical will market the digital platform to 4,000 West Coast veterinary practices.

VitusVet’s client engagement platform has received a premium position with West Coast veterinary distributor Victor Medical Co. The 4,000 veterinary practices supplied by Victor Medical in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State can subscribe to the VitusVet tool at a special price. VitusVet was named a Preferred Client Communication Technology Partner. The Baltimore company’s […]

pet insurance

Pet insurance continues double-digit growth

Owners of 2.5 million U.S. dogs and cats paid $1.56 billion in premiums in 2019.

U.S. dog and cat owners spent $1.56 billion on pet health insurance in 2019, a 24.3% jump, as the number of covered animals rose by 16.7%, to just over 2.5 million. The performance was outlined in the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s 2020 State of the Industry Report, an accounting of business in the […] Protection Status