If you own your own practice, you’re already an entrepreneur. Now, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) and the Wharton School hope to help you develop the skills you need to leverage that inborn entrepreneurial spirit in ways that will improve your hospital and your community through a new veterinary entrepreneurship program.
You try to do the right thing. In this case, the right thing was an animal-rescue group saving dogs from a Korean meat market and shipping them to North America last October so they could be adopted out to forever homes. Only one of the dogs turned out to be something of a forever home himself: He was likely acting as host to the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which had not previously been reported in North America.
From organically grown pet food to ecologically friendly chew toys, the pet industry is feeling the pressure to produce more socially and environmentally sustainable pet products. The Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), in collaboration with the World Pet Association, interviewed more than 250 pet industry professionals to find out their views of corporate sustainability, insights on consumer demand for environmentally friendly pet products, and suggestions on how the industry can meet the challenges of a changing business landscape.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) announced yesterday the results of its 2018 Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Survey.The results are encouraging, including a 99% satisfaction rate among participants.
“Veterinary nurse” is one step closer to being a legally recognized job title. In a future-focused move, AAHA last week came out in support of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). In 2017, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) formed the VNI coalition to unite the profession under a single title—including credentialing requirements and scope of practice—with the goal of instituting a single, standardized title in all 50 states.
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), has proclaimed October 14–20, 2018, to be National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW). This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is sponsoring the week-long celebration.
Today is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about rabies prevention and control efforts worldwide. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that while the number of rabies-related human deaths in the US has declined considerably over the last century—with only 1 to 3 reported per year, and a total of 23 reported cases in the last decade—it’s a much bigger problem in the rest of the world.
Stay away from water-based King Bio brands. That’s the warning the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave to veterinarians, pet owners, and parents last week. “These products may pose a safety risk to people (especially infants, children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems), as well as to pets due to high levels of [waterborne] microbial contamination identified at the manufacturing site,” the agency said in a statement.
As a veterinary professional, you’ve probably got a better handle than most on the cost of owning a dog. Because it turns out that most Americans don’t have a clue. According to a new survey of 1,500 US adults by the dog-walking app Rover, most people think that getting a dog is going to cost them between $26 and $75 a month. Not hardly.
Is consolidation good or bad for small veterinary practices? It’s an old question, and a new report on the state of the veterinary industry doesn’t shed much new light on the subject—according to the report, the answer is . . . it’s both.