veterinary care

Chapter 8: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“We’ve gone from surviving hour to hour in late March, to working day to day in April, to planning week to week in May.”

This week: Veterinary practice leaders are thinking more and more about how they will provide patient care in a post-COVID world. As restrictions ease, some clinics are farther ahead than others. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 6  Chapter 7  Chapter 9  Chapter 10  Chapter […]

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AVMA calls off 2020 convention due to COVID-19

Executives say the decision “wasn’t easy to make” but was “the right one.”

For only the third time in history, the American Veterinary Medical Association has canceled its annual convention, this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event had been scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 4 in downtown San Diego. The cancellation was announced May 1 in a letter from AVMA President John Howe, DVM; board […]


Virbac unveils Easotic ear infection fighter

A pump applicator eases administration and helps improve dog owner compliance, according to the manufacturer.

Virbac Corp. has released a prescription medication indicated for the topical treatment of canine otitis externa. Easotic (hydrocortisone aceponate, miconazole nitrate, gentamicin sulfate) Otic Suspension for Dogs is dispensed through a pump applicator. One squeeze releases 1 milliliter of medication, which is administered once a day for five days, according to Virbac. “Hydrocortisone aceponate is […]


Industry leaders team up to launch VetWatch

Veterinary team members are invited to take an online survey to help assess the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, is teaming up with industry leaders Animalytix, Greenline Pet and Circa Healthcare to launch VetWatch, a weekly reporting and monitoring service for critical trends and developments impacting the U.S. veterinary profession. This initiative will provide the data needed to help guide veterinary practice owners, managers […]

Pumpkin pet insurance

Zoetis launches Pumpkin pet insurance

Policyholders who choose preventive care coverage will receive a Zoetis parasiticide directly from the company.

The $1.5 billion-a-year U.S. pet health insurance market has a new player: Zoetis Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of animal drugs and vaccines. Zoetis’ insurance subsidiary, Pumpkin, is competing against more than a dozen providers, from industry leader Nationwide to upstarts Spot and Prudent Pet. One feature that sets Pumpkin apart is Preventive Essentials, a […]

Veterinary Virtual Care Association

Advocacy group sees a bright future for remote care

The Veterinary Virtual Care Association wants to take telemedicine to the next level — and beyond.

The Veterinary Virtual Care Association wants to do for veterinary medicine what the 27-year-old American Telemedicine Association has accomplished in human medicine. That is, as the ATA says, “change the way the world thinks about health care.” The newly established veterinary organization aims to make virtual care — a term encompassing telemedicine, teletriage and everything […]


GuardianVets teams up with distributor

The telehealth app provider is a preferred vendor under Midwest Veterinary Supply’s mClub program.

National distributor Midwest Veterinary Supply and its mClub buying program have partnered with telehealth operator GuardianVets. The arrangement makes GuardianVets, which serves hundreds of veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada, the preferred telehealth vendor for mClub members. “GuardianVets is built to be comprehensive and to solve multiple pain points for practices, whether it […]

Petriage telehealth

MWI partners with telehealth provider Petriage

Petriage helps veterinarians connect remotely with clients after hours.

MWI Animal Health has announced a new distribution partnership with Petriage, a telehealth provider. MWI will make the platform available to veterinarians and veterinary practices in North America. This is Petriage’s third recent partnership, coming at a time when telehealth is becoming a popular way to serve patients and clients staying at home. Petriage recently […]

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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 […]

COVID-19 veterinary care

Chapter 7: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“Overall business is very strong — fewer patients seen, but we are seeing almost 100% sick patients and a higher average ticket charge.”

This week: Stay-at-home orders haven’t discouraged pet owners from seeking veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At some hospitals, caseloads are up and revenue is down a bit. One hospital found 200 new clients in one month. Another plus: Practice owners are still hiring. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter […] Protection Status