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Pathway Vet Alliance and VitalPet

2 hospital networks find new owners

TSG Consumer Partners will pay at least $2 billion for Pathway Vet Alliance, while VitalPet is saved from bankruptcy by Destination Pet.

Pathway Vet Alliance, which operates more than 240 general, emergency and specialty hospitals in 35 states, is being sold to TSG Consumer Partners in a deal valued by media outlets at $2 billion to $2.65 billion. The transaction, which has not been publicly acknowledged by Pathway, TSG and seller Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, came days […]

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NAVC donates urgent medical supplies

Masks, gowns and other items will be repurposed throughout Florida to fight the coronavirus.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, has made a large donation of unused medical supplies to the Florida Department of Health. The supplies include 1,000 sets of medical shoe covers, hundreds of masks, isolation and surgical gowns, medical head covers, gloves, other personal protective equipment and medical-grade disinfection solutions it had […]

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Business tumbles at many N.Y. veterinary hospitals

51% see caseloads decline by at least half as the coronavirus emergency continues.

While nearly all New York State veterinary practices have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, caseloads have dropped by more than 50% at half of the hospitals surveyed. The New York State Veterinary Medical Society found that 3% of clinics surveyed were closed as of March 25, a rise of 1 percentage point from March […]

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Yes, business is slowing at veterinary clinics

COVID-19 has negatively affected practice visits and revenue, VetSuccess reveals.

Anyone looking for confirmation that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on business at veterinary practices needs only check out VetSuccess’ new Veterinary Industry Impact Tracker. The online dashboard, available at https://bit.ly/3afxUd0, permits visitors to view aggregated revenue and invoice reports from nearly 2,400 hospitals nationwide. The data can be broken down by state, […]

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FDA loosens federal VCPR requirements for now

Reacting to the COVID-19 situation, the federal agency gives veterinarians more say over extralabel drug use and veterinary feed directives.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has temporarily suspended enforcement of a small number of federal veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) requirements to facilitate veterinary telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance “applies to extralabel drug use and the issuing of veterinary feed directives (VFD),” the American Veterinary Medical Association reported March 24. The FDA document is […]

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BVA: Stick to urgent care to help stop COVID-19

British veterinary hospitals are being asked to limit their services for the time being.

The British Veterinary Association is asking animal hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to limit their services to emergency and urgent care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance stands in contrast with the situation in the United States, where many veterinary practices are conducting wellness exams and offering other everyday services. The American […]

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Chapter 2: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

More clients are waiting outside as veterinary teams bring pets into the clinic for exams and treatment.

Signs of strain are beginning to appear at veterinary practices — not all of them — as the COVID-19 pandemic takes a firmer hold on society and shelter-in-place orders spread. Today’s Veterinary Business asked industry professionals to talk about what they’re seeing and hearing. Click here to read Chapter 1 from March 16 and here […]

COVID-19 webinars

Webinar week: COVID-19 and veterinary practice

Three online presentations will be held March 24 and 25.

Trupanion, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association and The Bridge Club have scheduled separate webinars designed to help veterinary professionals navigate the COVID-19 crisis. “Guidance for Nonprofit, Government and In Practice Veterinary Personnel,” hosted by Trupanion, will take place at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 25. Registration is available at https://bit.ly/2UnNSLu. The first 3,000 veterinary professionals […]

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With PPE in short supply, AVMA urges conservation

Veterinary practices should consider postponing elective procedures and, if feasible, using expired equipment.

Veterinarians can help conserve disposable personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic by “safely” extending the life of such gear, the American Veterinary Medical Association is advising. In guidelines released March 20, the AVMA noted that “requests have emerged that all medical professionals, including veterinarians, conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) until supplies become more readily […]

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What’s an employer to do during COVID-19?

Salary advances? Paid sick leave? Unemployment compensation? Here’s what veterinary hospital administrators need to know.

Today’s Veterinary Business “Legal Lingo” columnist Peter H. Tanella, Esq., and his law firm, Mandelbaum Salsburg, are working with veterinary practice owners and managers faced with employment issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tanella chairs the firm’s National Veterinary Law Center. What follows is a series of questions and answers, courtesy of Mandelbaum Salsburg. Many veterinarians and […]

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