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Let’s Protect the Vital Pet-to-Vet Relationship

Like so many industries, the veterinary community has experienced enormous changes over the past 18 months. Driving the transformation has been a pandemic-fueled boom in pet ownership, forcing veterinarians and the entire industry to evolve how they provide care while remaining focused on the best patient outcomes. Fortunately, veterinarians have excelled in meeting the challenge. […]

Veterinary Hope Foundation

A Profession in Search of Hope

Veterinarians are accustomed to difficult conversations. I could talk in my sleep about atopy or diabetes, and I’ve discussed end-of-life care thousands of times. Very few questions are asked in the exam room that I don’t know how to answer. But recently, a client’s question made me pause. The family Dalmatian was battling congestive heart […]

Time and Money

I read with interest Dr. Ernie Ward’s response [August/September 2021] to a 1986 graduate’s good-natured complaint about work-life balance topics. As a fellow 1986 grad, I want to back up Dr. Ward’s emphasis on self-care and work-life balance. My experience has been informed by doing relief work in over 100 practices in two states before […]

Experts Weigh In On The Past Decade’s Biggest Innovations

Veterinary professionals choose the breakthroughs they say have had the most positive impact on animal health care.

What do you think was the biggest or most important innovation in veterinary medicine in the last 10 years?  Dr. Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, Vice Chair, Veterinary Innovation Council, professor and Dean Emerita, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University “Virtual care/telemedicine is changing and will continue to substantially change the […]

A Better Solution

I enjoyed Mark Cushing’s article “4 Threats to Sustained Growth” [June/July 2021]. His No. 3 threat was “no midlevel professionals.” Although the notion of adding a category of veterinary caregiver equivalent to the nurse practitioner in human medicine seems interesting, the elephant in the room wasn’t addressed but is related to the first two threats: […]

Our Four ‘Corps’ Principles

When people hear about our Marine Corps-style “classic leadership” approach, no doubt they imagine a drill instructor nose to nose with a nervous recruit, relentlessly barking orders and insults. So how, they might ask, could such a style succeed in the veterinary services industry? The answer: In more ways than you might think, but it […]

It’s All About Trust

Thank you, Today’s Veterinary Business, for the diversity of thoughts on ways to run a veterinary practice. I enjoy columnist Dr. Ernie Ward’s perspectives, especially on social media topics. They are spot on. I would like to share a different perspective on the question about a team member’s forearm tattoo and Dr. Ward’s response [April/May 2021]. […]

Jon Ayers wild cat conservation

After Meeting Adversity, I Answered Call of the Wild

When I had my cycling accident in June 2019, it wasn’t immediately apparent how much I had lost. Neurosurgeons tell you that every spinal cord injury is different, and thus they couldn’t forecast how much body function I would recover or when. Two months in, I began to appreciate the severity of my condition — […]

Ken Yagi CVNO

Our Profession Needs More Than One CVNO

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is frequently asked, “What’s going to change in the next 10 years?” The more important question, he says, is “What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?” because a business strategy can be built around things that are stable over time. Three stable things are: People will have pets. […]

UC Davis

Veterinary Innovation Starts at School

As I reflect on my nearly one decade of serving as dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, I am struck by the role that academic veterinary medicine has had in driving entrepreneurship and innovation to address societal needs. Our colleges and schools of veterinary medicine are training the next generation […]

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