The inaugural Veterinary Innovation Challenge (VIC) finished strong in September, producing a winning team with a product that Nikhil Joshi, VIC executive director, said has the potential to "shake the industry." NEWStat gave SPEAK co-founder Jamie Peisel the chance to discuss her experience at the competition, details surrounding the product she developed, and her future plans for SPEAK.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association took a look at whether team effectiveness could reduce burnout and improve job satisfaction among veterinary teams. According to the authors, previous studies have evaluated job stress, burnout, and job satisfaction among veterinarians, but no empirical studies have focused on the entire veterinary team.
To Nikhil Joshi, the veterinary industry is full of endless possibilities for entrepreneurial veterinary students who have big ideas and the ambition to develop those ideas into businesses. The opportunity to drive growth in the veterinary industry through entrepreneurship is why Joshi, a student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2015, worked with other veterinary and business students to create the inaugural 2014 Veterinary Innovation Challenge.
When a glass is half-empty, it’s also half-full. So let’s fill it up. That’s the outlook among veterinary leaders following disappointing news that the profession has made little progress – and some lost ground – since 2010, despite a concerted, widespread effort to promote companion animal preventive care.
Julie Legred, executive director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and NAVC senior manager of veterinary technician programs, says that technicians are a practice’s best ambassadors for preventive care.
After years of steady growth, PetMed Express is facing stiff competition from deep discounters, including big box stores like Wal-Mart or Target and online giant Amazon.
Even though veterinary practice owners and practice managers are working together toward the same shared goals, there is often a communication gap between them that can lead to counterproductive efforts. The Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association sought to learn more about this communication gap with its “No Baloney Survey,” the results of which it recently released.
Attendees at 2014 AAHA Nashville were afforded one particularly rare opportunity - to pick the brain of famous billionaire John Paul DeJoria. The Paul Mitchell founder spoke to his audience about giving customers a memorable experience that keeps them coming back for more, and creating a culture where people are excited to work.
From pet food to veterinary services, American pet owners continue to prove year over year that they are willing to pay up to keep their pets happy. The American Pet Products Association recently released its annual report on pet spending, which showed that Americans spent a whopping $55.7 billion on pets in 2013.
Using dental implants in companion animals is not a widely performed veterinary procedure, but the trend is generating enough buzz that professors from multiple universities have staged a pre-emptive campaign against it in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.