Clients can book appointments on VitusVet app

The mobile app’s developers say veterinary teams save time when pet owners book directly.

VitusVet, a mobile app that connects veterinary practices to their clients, now allows pet owners to schedule appointments. The direct-booking feature frees up hospital receptionists “to focus on more important tasks,” said company co-founder Mark Olcott, DVM, MBA. The schedule function works in tandem with a practice’s computer system. “A pet parent pulls out their […]

Arkansas clinic benefits from creative funding

A $20,000 grant, combined with a loan, gets Hughes Animal Hospital off the ground.

Arkansas veterinarian Ricky Hughes, DVM, is a practice owner again, partly because of a $20,000 grant designed to create jobs and help small businesses like his. The Economic Development Program Plus (EDPPlus) grant supported the purchase of veterinary equipment and the hiring of three full-time employees at Hughes Animal Hospital in Malvern, Arkansas. The 4,800-square-foot […]

PetSmart expands into pet pharmacy business

The company will fill and ship prescriptions — with the primary veterinarian’s help.

Retail giant PetSmart, which has been challenged by growing online competition in the pet products arena, hopes to boost its bottom line by selling animal drugs over the internet. If successful, the Phoenix company’s initiative would cut into a major revenue stream for veterinarians. The market research firm Packaged Facts in August estimated that U.S. […]

ACT launches free online training videos

Subject areas range from human resources to medical care.

Animal Care Technologies, a Texas company that has trained veterinary staff members for two decades, has released a free video series. The weekly videos are available at www.practicetips.4act.com. Among the first videos in the series are: “Are You Delegating Properly?” with Tracy Dowdy, CVPM. “Canine Restraint,” with veterinary technician Angela Doss. “Intravenous Fluid Therapy,” with […]

2 veterinarians recognized for service to others

Dr. Mogens Hansen receives the Henry Schein Cares award, and WSAVA honors longtime member Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn.

A Danish practitioner who champions the sterilization and vaccination of stray dogs in developing countries and a Dutch veterinarian who has served the World Small Animal Veterinary Association for more than decade were honored at the organization’s World Congress. Denmark’s Mogens Hansen received the fifth annual Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award in […]

CVP, CityVet chains expand again

For a Florida hospital, it’s a rebranding. In Texas, it’s a fresh start.

Two hospital networks — Community Veterinary Partners and CityVet — have added one location each with the acquisition of Village Animal Clinic in North Palm Beach, Florida, and the opening of a CityVet clinic in suburban Dallas. Philadelphia-based Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) purchased Village Animal Clinic from husband-and-wife owners Michael Berkenblit, DVM, and Melisa Degen, […]

VHMA members set to meet in New Orleans

CE sessions, roundtable discussions and off-site tours are on the agenda.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association will kick off a sold-out annual meeting and conference Sept. 28 in New Orleans. Certified veterinary practice managers can earn up to 13.5 continuing education hours during the three-day event, which will be held at the downtown New Orleans Marriott. Four educational tracks have been scheduled, including one that will […]

U.K.’s CVS Group purchases B&W Equine Vets

The largest veterinary network in the United Kingdom gets even bigger.

CVS Group, owner of the United Kingdom’s largest veterinary hospital network, has expanded its equine division through the acquisition of B&W Equine Vets. B&W, with a referral hospital near Gloucestershire, England, and three satellite clinics, calls itself the largest specialist equine veterinary group in the southwestern United Kingdom. B&W employs 30 veterinarians. The CVS equine […]

N.Y. hospital ramps up pet owner education

Animal Medical Center launches the Usdan Institute for Animal Health Education.

Animal Medical Center, a 100-doctor emergency and specialty practice on New York’s Upper East Side, has hired infectious disease epidemiologist Jaclyn Skidmore, MS, to lead the new pet owner-facing Usdan Institute for Animal Health Education. The initiative aims to teach pet owners about animal health, One Health and the human-animal bond, said Kathryn Coyne, MBA, […]

AAHA unveils Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative

The objective is improved well-being and mental health within a veterinary practice.

The American Animal Hospital Association, responding to the call for more mental health resources in the veterinary field, has introduced the Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative. “The initiative will address well-being from an alternative perspective that utilizes a positive, proactive approach to help prevent or mitigate mental health issues in veterinary practice teams,” the Lakewood, Colorado, […]