Michigan State University

Michigan State veterinary school earns No. 8 world ranking

MSU, UC Davis and Cornell have top 10 veterinary programs, according to a British publisher.

Michigan State University has jumped onto the top 10 list of veterinary schools worldwide, trailing only UC Davis and Cornell among U.S. institutions. The QS World University Rankings by Subject placed Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine at No. 8. The list compiled by British educational publisher Quacquarelli Symonds was based on academic and employer […]

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April starts poorly for veterinary practices

iVET360 finds declines in revenue, transactions and new-client numbers.

Data collected by the practice management services firm iVET360 shows double-digit declines in business at many veterinary hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portland, Oregon, company reported that on April 8, for example, revenue was down 16.2% across 735 U.S. hospitals compared with the same weekday, Wednesday, in early April 2019. Transactions fell by 19.8% […]

New York State

Traffic slows at most N.Y. veterinary hospitals

Business is down more than 50% at one-third of practices in the New York City area due to COVID-19.

Nearly all New York State veterinary hospitals surveyed have seen a drop-off in business during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 60% reporting a decline of at least 25%. The New York State Veterinary Medical Society found that 3% of the 240 practices surveyed have closed statewide. In the New York City/Long Island region, which has been […]

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How the government is helping practice owners

A paycheck protection loan and an economic injury grant are two of several business-friendly programs available to veterinarians.

Veterinary practices nationwide have suffered financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the best programs available that can help keep your hospital afloat and your employees employed. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) This U.S. Small Business Administration program helps cover the cost of retaining employees. If revenue has declined, you might have cut staff […]

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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.”

This week: 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 other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 5  Chapter 6  Chapter 7   Chapter 8  Chapter 9  Chapter 10  Chapter 11  Chapter […]

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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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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 […] Protection Status