Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
CareVet Vets Relax in Comfort
CareVet, a network of more than 160 hospitals in 35 states, observed the first anniversary of the Ultimate CarePackage, a program designed to attract and retain veterinarians. Among the incentives is Carebnb, through which CareVet veterinarians get paid time off to stay free at a luxury vacation property. “In its first 10 months, nearly 75% of CareVet DVMs took advantage of this benefit,” the company reported. The Ultimate CarePackage also includes a minimum base salary of $100,000 “with no negative accrual and production bonuses, generous signing bonuses up to $250,000, student loan support, and no upfront non-competes,” CareVet stated.
Bed Bugs Dislike Fluralaner and Ivermectin
According to a study by the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the anti-parasitic drugs fluralaner and ivermectin showed efficacy in killing bed bugs. Researchers tested the drugs in a poultry setting. “The health effects to poultry from bed bug infestation are not well documented, but anecdotally, poultry farmers see animal welfare concerns like stress and anemia, which could negatively affect meat or egg production,” said study co-author Maria González-Morales said. Details are at bit.ly/3FumJPK.
WSAVA Gets a New President
Ecuadorian small animal veterinarian Dr. Ellen van Nierop was elected president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. The election took place at WSAVA’s World Congress in Lima, Peru, which attracted more than 1,500 delegates from 80 countries. Canadian veterinarian Dr. Jim Berry is the new vice president.
Nationwide Partners With Adopt a Pet
Nationwide was named the exclusive pet insurance carrier at Adopt a Pet, a pet adoption website serving animal shelters, rescues and private owners. The partnership includes the sharing of pet health information. “By leveraging its vast trove of policy and claims data, Nationwide’s veterinary analytics team will deliver personalized pet health insights based on breed, age and other factors,” the company stated. “This information is meant to support shelter staff and inform potential adopters as they consider what pet best fits their family.”
Recession Poses a Risk to Veterinary Medicine
Economist and former veterinary college dean Dr. James Lloyd said veterinary medicine “is resilient to recession but not entirely immune.” Writing in The Fountain Report, Dr. Lloyd added, “In the meantime, claims that we shouldn’t expand the workforce because the risk of recession is increasing are generally unfounded.” The complete article is at bit.ly/3HgQvJ1.
PetVet365 Achieves Fear Free Certification
PetVet365, with 10 hospitals in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is the first network to achieve 100% Fear Free certification at all locations and among all team members, the Fear Free organization reported. “With this achievement, each PetVet365 hospital guarantees their team members will keep pets’ emotional well-being at the forefront and prevent and alleviate any fear, anxiety or stress pets may experience at the veterinary hospital,” Fear Free added.
UrgentVet’s 25th Location Is in Georgia
UrgentVet opened its 25th urgent care clinic nationwide and the third in the Atlanta area with the debut of a hospital in the northern suburb of Roswell. Open nights, weekends and holidays, UrgentVet clinics offer “relief for mild illnesses and injuries, with rates significantly more affordable than comparable services at an emergency pet hospital,” according to the company, part of American Veterinary Group.
CAETA Offers Euthanasia Counseling
The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy launched the Euthanasia Review Department to answer questions from veterinary teams and pet owners. “Pet owner case reviews are complimentary due to in-kind donor funding,” according to the academy. “Direct veterinary professional reviews are handled as paid consults with our CAETA experts.” Veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Cooney founded the Colorado-based academy in 2017.
Learn More About DEI
Journey for Teams, a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Medical Association Executives, released its first monthly learning module for workplaces. The module, “Fostering an Extraordinary Workplace: The Power of Diversity,” can be found at journeyforteams.org.
Rarebreed Teams With Blend VetMed
Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, a network of 120 hospitals, partnered with Blend VetMed, a certification program designed to train veterinary teams about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. “It is essential for veterinary organizations to begin prioritizing DEIB training, incorporating DEIB practices into their daily routine, and providing tools that aid in embracing and cultivating a sustainable hospital culture,” said Dr. Niccole Bruno, Blend’s CEO and founder.
Covetrus to Market GluCurve Pet CGM
Covetrus will distribute ALR Technologies’ GluCurve Pet CGM, a continuous glucose monitoring system sold directly to veterinarians for diabetic feline and canine patients. Covetrus received the exclusive rights to sell GluCurve Pet CGM “as a co-branded product to veterinary clinics throughout the U.S., Brazil, United Kingdom, the European Union and various other countries globally,” the company reported. ALR Technologies is headquartered in Singapore.
Massachusetts Hospital to Shut Down
North Shore Animal Hospital in Lynn, Massachusetts, will close permanently Dec. 16 due to overwhelming issues. “There are several factors that led to this difficult decision,” according to a notice posted on the hospital’s Facebook page. “Over the past 6 months we’ve dealt with numerous facilities issues, including two recent sewage backups into our basement. Issues like these have hindered not only our ability to provide a safe and clean environment for our employees, but also our ability to recruit veterinarians during a time of unprecedented staff shortages in our field.”