Jan
19
2012
Negative advertising, not competition, is the chief complaint of veterinarians who faced off against Internet pharmacy Pet Med Express at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, Fla.

NAVC hosted a panel Jan. 15, 2012 during which Pet Med Express representatives listened to feedback from veterinarians on the topic of Internet pharmacies.

Months of controversy

Pet Med Express, also known as 1-800-Pet-Meds, approached NAVC in September and asked to become an exhibitor and sponsor of the conference.

Doralee Donaldson, DVM, a practitioner in Alabama, initiated a petition to protest the Internet pharmacy’s presence at the conference. Within a couple of days, the petition had approximately 200 names. In the petition, Donaldson and her supporters asked that Pet Med Express leave the conference, referring to its "illegal and unethical practices", and referring to it as an "unscrupulous company". ...more
Dec
21
2011
As practices close out their books for 2011 and look to the coming new year, Trends Today is taking a look at the top veterinary issues in 2011 and predicting what topics will impact practices in 2012. From online pharmacies to preventive healthcare, practices will need to stay vigilant in the coming year.

Here are the top trends we’re predicting for 2012:



1. Expanding online pharmacies and big box retailers: We’ve already seen how Internet pharmacies are offering pet owners low cost pet medications without having to go to the veterinarian. Now big box retailers are getting into it too, with Target selling veterinary products and Walmart offering generic human-labeled medications for pets.   H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, is a Walmart-backed bill that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions that pet owners can take elsewhere to fill. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has already spoken out against the bill, as have numerous other veterinarians who maintain that the proposed legislation is burdensome and unnecessary. The pending legislation has those in the industry wondering whether veterinary pharmacies may be going the way of prescription contacts and lenses. ...more
Dec
14
2011
An increase in U.S. pet ownership is expected to result in an increase in veterinary services in the coming years, according to an industry report by IBISWorld. ...more
Aug
17
2011
Too many veterinarians? Read what we were saying 25 and 50 years ago. ...more
Jun
27
2011
Mozart may be the latest weapon in the fight to get cats to the vet’s office. ...more
Jun
8
2011
Feral cats are more active and have a much larger range that pet cats, according to a new study. ...more
Feb
21
2011
Applications to U.S. veterinary schools are back up again, after a decrease in applications last year. ...more
Jan
31
2011
The AAHA Helping Pets Fund is getting a helping hand from a TV celebrity. ...more
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