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distributors

How distributors are dealing with the pandemic

Patterson, Covetrus and MWI have stepped up sanitary procedures and increased remote work as they continue delivering products to veterinary customers.

Three of the largest veterinary product distributors say they are working to safeguard employee and customer health during the COVID-19 pandemic and are committed to fulfilling orders. Kevin Pohlman, president of Patterson Companies’ animal health business unit, wrote in a letter that the distributor is conducting more frequent cleaning of sales offices, branch offices and […]

practice safety

12 ways to sustain your practice

Tough times need tough people. This is a great time for caution tempered with common sense. 

Listen to Podcasts Pandemics and Economics: Two Words Not Used in Veterinary School Pandemics & Economics: A Blip or a New Normal? The economic challenges, pandemic challenges and panic response have all come together to impact your veterinary practice. Fast and immediate action can help mollify the worst of things. Here are some actions you […]

pet boarding

Packaged Facts predicts decline in pet boarding

A virus-caused slowdown in non-medical pet care services also could extend to sitting and grooming.

Within the pet industry, non-medical services such as boarding, sitting and grooming are expected to take the “hardest short-term blow” due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Packaged Facts. Under a best-case scenario, the market research firm reported, pet boarding revenue through veterinary practices and other business owners will grow by 2% […]

VetFolio

VetFolio access is free during coronavirus crisis

Select courses can be completed online for continuing education credit.

As the CE deadline for veterinarians to remain licensed in more than 20 states nationwide approaches and many learning events are canceled worldwide, VetFolio, a joint venture of the North American Veterinary Community and LifeLearn Animal Health, is permitting free access to its online learning curriculum during the coronavirus outbreak. Starting March 19, veterinary professionals […]

preventive care

Do we really want to postpone preventive care?

In these pandemic days, wellness visits might not be a priority, but the risks to animal health aren’t going away.

Like all of us, I’m following with great interest the changing landscape of COVID-19 and am especially appreciative of our associations’ continuously updating the profession and providing expert guidance. However, I’m troubled by the recommendation that we postpone preventive care. I’m struck by our profession’s long-term discounting of the value of wellness care. With tens […]

AAVMC awards

AAVMC conference wraps up just in time

An Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges event drew hundreds of people to the nation’s capital.

Before the surge in COVID-19 cases and declarations of emergency, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges squeezed in what might be the last large veterinary meeting for some time. The organization’s 2020 annual conference and Iverson Bell Symposium brought more than 300 people to Washington, D.C., over four days in early March for sessions, […]

AAVSB

National veterinary group issues COVID-19 guidance

AAVSB says veterinary practices “must be included within the definition of ‘essential services or businesses.’ ”

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards is urging lawmakers to classify veterinary practices as essential businesses and endorsing telemedicine as an important way to protect the health of veterinary team members during the coronavirus pandemic. “The pace of events, concerns and governmental action quickened dramatically over the past weekend,” the organization’s executive director, James […]

webinar

Virox to hold coronavirus webinar March 19

Two disease experts, Drs. Jason Stull and Scott Weese, will discuss safety and protocol.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Virox Animal Health is holding a free webinar to help veterinary industry professionals understand safety and appropriate protocol during the outbreak. The one-hour webinar — titled “Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Veterinary and Animal Group Settings: Protecting People and Animals” — is scheduled for March 19 at 2 p.m. EDT. […]

impact report

By the numbers: VCA hospitals in 2019

VCA’s second annual impact report reveals what was achieved and who was involved last year at its 975 veterinary hospitals and across the company.

More than 975 veterinary hospitals spread across North America, South America and Japan. Some 4.2 million patients served. Over 5,000 veterinarians employed. About 15 million text messages exchanged with clients. Those were some of the numbers revealed by VCA Inc. in its 2019 impact report. “This report reflects the incredible commitment of people who help […]

KindredBio

KindredBio sells Mirataz as part of a restructuring

The biopharmaceutical developer will concentrate on drug research and leave the selling to other companies.

Eight years after its founding, Kindred Biosciences Inc. is undergoing a transformation, agreeing to sell its Mirataz feline weight-management drug to Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC for $43 million and looking to other companies to market and sell the veterinary biopharmaceuticals it develops. The changes announced March 16 put the San Francisco company on a firmer financial […]

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