Big Growth Hits Veterinary Industry | Read this week's CVP Animal News Roundup

Big Growth Hits West Coast Hospitals

We’ve been seeing strong growth at our hospitals, but the data out of California is truly remarkable. A new survey shows almost 10 percent growth in August. Some of it is due to price increases, but even adjusting for that, the growth is impressive. In our family of 16 hospitals along the Mid Atlantic, all but one has grown revenue this year. It’s been a mix of initiatives contributing to the increases: new services, improved client communication, marketing initiatives.

What is driving revenue growth at your hospital? Comment at our website.

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Michael

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Industry Growth Continues
California Survey Shows Strong Revenue Growth at Animal Hospitals

Small animal hospitals in California reported close to 10 percent revenue growth for the month of August. Specialty hospitals did well too.

Get the details at Gatto MacFerson’s web site Continue reading…


Why did the AVMA Cancel America's Top Vet? | Read this week’s CVP Animal News Roundup

Why did the AVMA really pull the plug?

Earlier this month the AVMA cut short its America’s Favorite Veterinarian contest. The reason at the time was “cyber bullying.” But VIN has taken a closer look at the decision and finds more at work than just a few online activists.

“It was frustrating,” said Dr.Christy Layton, a contestant. “To be able to name yourself America’s Favorite Veterinarian is a great way validate the care and compassion we give to animals every single day. We had put in hours and hours of work, creating a Facebook page, promoting that page. We had 700 likes and a lot of followers. We bought a banner for the hospital… and the effort was void.”

Michael

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Online Controversy
Debate Brews about Reasons AVMA Cancels America’s Favorite Vet Contest

Two weeks after the American Veterinary Medical Foundation abruptly ended a national contest due to cyberbullying, contestants are speaking out about how they unwittingly got snagged in the hot-button issue of declawing.

Read the full story at VIN

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Veterinary Hospital Economics

Hospitals Growing in the CVP Member Network

Each fiscal quarter, CVP Member Network hospitals share their financial results with us. We ask them to do this so we can compile a benchmarking report. In the second quarter of 2015, our Member Network hospitals continued to show positive revenue growth over Q2 in 2014.

Read the full story at Community Veterinary Partners

Vaccine Debate

Unvaccinated Pets are a Risk for Themselves, Others

Veterinarians are concerned that the “anti-vaxxer” movement in the United States could result in more pets becoming ill.

Read the full story in the Gulfport Sun Herald

What Your Clients Are Reading

Dogster: The Veterinary Associations Don’t Want Vets to Vaccine Every Year

Profits are what vaccine critics believe is at the root of the profession’s resistance to update its protocols. Without the lure of vaccines, clients might be less inclined to make yearly veterinary visits. Vaccines add up to 14 percent of the average practice’s income, AAHA reports, and veterinarians stand to lose big.

Read the full story at Dogster

Celebrating Veterinary Medicine

17 Awesome Photos from Rueters: Wild Animals Getting Veterinary Care

Reuters photographers have taken incredible photos of animals receiving top-notch treatment in veterinary hospitals, clinics, and zoos across the globe.

Continue reading…


CVP Member Network Veterinary Hospitals Show Positive Revenue Growth In Q2

Each fiscal quarter, CVP Member Network hospitals share their financial results with us. We ask them to do this so we can compile a benchmarking report. This report enables us to see how the CVP Member Network hospitals are doing in relation to their peers. These results are also a great way to see how your veterinary hospital is performing in relation to other practices.

In the second quarter of 2015, our Member Network hospitals continued to show positive revenue growth over Q2 in 2014. Of the 29 hospitals in our Member Network, 25 or 86% reported growth in 2015 over 2014! The average change in revenue that was reported was 8% extending above average growth patterns for a second consecutive reporting period.

Q2 revenue comparison


Get Ready to Pay Your Vets More | Read this week’s CVP Animal News Roundup

Get Ready to Pay Your New Vets More Money

A new report from the AVMA finds that starting salaries for veterinarians is $67,000, but that increases are coming over the next 10 years.

“The report predicts that an increase in starting salaries will follow from an improving economy and a forecast that continued growth in the number of veterinary graduates is unlikely,” according to the story.

Are you seeing any increases in starting salaries for vets at your hospital? Comment at our website.

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Michael

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Veterinary Industry Study

Starting Salaries for Vets Expected to Rise

Starting salaries for veterinarians are expected to increase substantially between 2014 and 2024, according to a new report from the AVMA.

Read the full story at JAVMA

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Food Rules

FDA Issues Groundbreaking Rules for Manufacturing Pet Foods

Nearly 5 years after the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)–and after multiple outbreaks of food-borne illnesses in both people and their pets–the FDA has finalized two major rules contained in the law. One of those rules marks the first time the agency is laying out current good manufacturing practices for making, processing and packaging animal foods..

Read the full story at Fierce Animal Health

Research

Penn Vet Team Identifies a Form of Congenital Night Blindness in Dogs

Working in collaboration with Japanese scientists, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have for the first time found a form of congenital night blindness in dogs. Their discovery and subsequent hunt for the genetic mutation responsible may one day allow for the development of gene therapy to correct the dysfunction in people as well as dogs.

Read the full story at Penn’s website
Watch a video on the research

What Your Clients Are Reading

Dogster: What You Need to Know About the Rabies Vaccine

Rabies vaccines are among the strongest immune-stimulating vaccines, as they are killed-virus products that contain powerful adjuvants (substances that enhance the body’s immune response to an antigen), and all but one currently licensed rabies vaccine contains mercury (thimerosal) preservative, which is known to induce autoimmune and other immunological adverse effects. That said, rabies is a fatal disease of all mammals, including humans, and is the reason that rabies vaccination is legally mandated.

Read the full story at Dogster

Gender Issues

Takeaways from a forum on issues confronting women in the profession.

1. Generational differences cause conflicts for women and men alike.
2. Fear of risk holds back many women.
3. Negative labels discourage women.
4. Women should take time for themselves.

Read the full story at DVM360

Federal Regulations

AVMA urges veterinary profession to oppose mandatory prescription writing

The AVMA is urging veterinarians and their staff to oppose the bill by signing an alert on the AVMA website and contacting their congressional representatives to oppose the bill.

Read the full story at AAHA
Read the full text of the bill
See the AVMA alert


Your Clients Are Skipping Wellness Exams | Read this week's CVP Animal News Roundup

Your Clients Are Skipping Wellness Exams

That’s the message from Partners for Healthy Pets. The industry group looked at practice management systems in 5,000 hospitals and found that the percentage of “inactive” clients had increased significantly since 2012. More than half of dogs and cats had not had a visit to the hospital in 18 months.

We see these trends throughout the industry. PHP’s response was to increase marketing to inactive clients. And the results were positive. It shows the power and importance of strong communication plans for the profession.

Do you have a strategic marketing strategy for communicating with lapsed clients? Comment at our website.

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Michael

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Veterinary Industry Study

More Clients Going “Inactive”

A review of the databases from approximately 5,000 companion animal veterinary practices in the U.S. shows a steady increase in the number of inactive clients over at least the past 3 years, according to a study by Partners for Health Pets.

Read the full story at AAHA

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Industry Associations

AAHA Revises Position on Declawing

After many months of review, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has revised its position on domestic cat declawing.

Read the full news release at AAHA

Veterinary Medicine on TV

New TV Show Follows Students at Cornell

A new Nat Geo Wild series premiering Sept. 19 follows a group of students through rotations at the prestigious Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read the story in the Chicago Trib
Visit the show website

State Veterinary Boards

Texas Board Rules Against Vet Accused of Shooting Cat with Bow & Arrow

The Texas Board of Veterinarian Medical Examiners found a violation in the case of Brenham veterinarian, Kristen Lindsey, who is accused of killing a cat and then bragging about it on social media.

Read the article at KXAN

Pharmaceuticals 

Veterinary Generics Squeezed by Distribution “Blocking” Agreements

In her daily quest to provide pet owners affordable treatments for their animals, Dr. Julia Lucas routinely seeks out generic versions of drugs. Finding sources for most generics isn’t simple, she discovered a couple of years ago.

The reason is that dominant veterinary-supply distributors in the United States are bound by exclusivity agreements with Zoetis, the world’s largest animal drug manufacturer, that prevent them from selling generic drugs that compete with the Zoetis brand.

Read the full story at VIN

Animal Science

UK Study: Dogs Can Identify People with Prostate Cancer

In a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) preliminary study, trained dogs were able to sniff out prostate cancer 9 out of 10 times, making them a more accurate predictor than the standard (but controversial) Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening test, which has a high “false positive” rate.

Read the full story at The Bark

What Your Clients Are Reading

Dear Dr. Fox: Affordable Veterinary Care is Lacking in US

Pets are companions for millions of people in this country, and many of us are on a limited income. Just the price of food from Walmart is a stretch. I’d love to feed my pets the homemade food you recommend, but it’s out of the question. So are visits to the vet. So many animal lovers fall into this category. I’ve even heard several stories of people going through their limited retirement funds to try to save a beloved pet. What’s the moral thing to do here? Are pets for the well-off only?

Read Dr. Fox’s Response at the Poughkeepsie Journal

Community Veterinary Partners works with veterinarian owners who want to continue running the medical side of their practices, but want help with the day-to-day administrative and team management tasks. We help create a long-term strategy and a sustainable way for your practice to continue thriving — well into the future. Contact us to learn about how to partner with CVP and secure your financial future and the legacy of your hospital.

Community Veterinary Partners Welcomes Ardmore Animal Hospital To Our Family!

ardmore animal hospital

Ardmore Animal Hospital has joined the CVP family of veterinary hospitals! Ardmore Animal Hospital has won “Best of the Main Line” for 15 years in a row. The hospital provides several professional services including wellness care, ultrasounds, digital radiology, and laser surgery. The hospital has also recently received a Silver Certificate in recognition of implementing cat-friendly practice standards according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

The staff of doctors includes partner doctor, Dr. James Bianco, Dr. James Peters, Dr. Lena Montgomery, Dr. Janine Haney, and Dr. Aliya McCullough.Dr. Meghan McCartin who will be joining the team in October.

Michael Raphael, Chairman of Community Veterinary Partners, is especially excited for Ardmore Animal Hospital to join the CVP family: “Ardmore Animal Hospital holds a special place for me,” he said. “Not only is it one of the premier hospitals in the Philadelphia community, it’s also where my family took our dog when I was a kid. Dr. Bianco cared for Patches with such enthusiasm and affection. It’s stayed with me to this day. So the idea of becoming Dr. Bianco’s business partner is all that more special.”

Dr. Bianco has owned and operated Ardmore Animal Hospital since 1989. He is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Before attending veterinary school, he earned a master’s degree from Villanova University and also taught high school biology and advanced placement science courses for seven years. His interests in medicine include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and alternative modalities such as vitamin therapy, nutritional healing, and herbal medicine. He has done several segments for local TV networks. Dr. Bianco’s goal has always been to assemble the most qualified staff and practice the highest quality medicine for animals. The tremendous growth of Ardmore Animal Hospital has resulted in this facility being able to provide its patients with the best care possible.

Dr. Bianco is very excited to be partnering with Community Veterinary Partners.

“It was a smooth transition and everything was well organized,” he said. “There were no significant changes to the staff and management or the quality of medicine and the change has been virtually invisible to the clientele.”

Welcome to the CVP Family Ardmore Animal Hospital!


Cyber bullying cancels America's Favorite Vet | Read this week’s CVP Animal News Roundup

Cyber bullying cancels America’s Favorite Vet

The issue of declawing cats “hijacked” America’s Favorite Vet contest this year. According to an AVMA news release:

One contestant, for example, was called “a whore, a butcher, a mutilator, a hack, an animal hater, a disgrace to the profession.”  Other contestants were subjected to the circulation of fraudulent negative advertisements, negative reviews, and threatening phone calls.

Have you had any experiences dealing with aggressive social media campaigns? Comment at our website.

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Michael

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Social Media Story

AVMF cancels America’s Favorite Vet Contest

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) today decided, reluctantly, to halt its America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest and declare all 20 finalists “America’s Favorite Veterinarians” following a vicious cyber-bullying attack which disrupted and contaminated the final election process.
Read the AVMA news release
Read the article in the Gainsville Sun

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What Your Clients Are Reading

Dogs Naturally Magazine: Tick Bites are Not the Cause of Lyme Disease

Researchers estimate that only 10 to 20 percent of tick bites will lead to stage 1 Lyme disease. If untreated however, 30% of stage 1 cases will lead to stage 2 (where bacteria can infect the skin, joints, kidneys and sometimes the heart). So your dog has about a 1% to 2% chance of stage 2 Lyme disease… the kind of Lyme disease that can really make him sick.

Read the full story at Dogs Naturally

New Products

Veterinarian Launches Cannabis Anti-Anxiety Product

Therabis will be undergoing clinical trials at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine as well as field trials in over a dozen hospitals in New York.

Read the press release.

Dogs in the News

Bear the Black Lab Sniffs Out Electronics in Jared Fogel Search

Special dog sniffs out electronics in Subway spokesman pornography case. Bear is almost unique; there are only two other dogs with his skill in the entire country.

Read the story in Dogster

Veterinary Schools

Cornell Veterinary Student, Expelled from over Dog Bite, Loses Lawsuit

A former Cornell University veterinary student lost her $500,000 lawsuit claiming the school wrongfully expelled her because her dog bit a student during an examination.
Read the full story at the Syracuse Post Standard
R
ead the legal decision

Practice Management

Practice Manager of the Year from Alabama

Wesley Taylor, MPA, of Mercy Animal Hospital in Gardendale, Alabama, has been chosen as the 2015 Veterinary Economics Practice Manager of the Year in a contest sponsored by Nationwide.
Read the full story at DVM360

Community Veterinary Partners works with veterinarian owners who want to continue running the medical side of their practices, but want help with the day-to-day administrative and team management tasks. We help create a long-term strategy and a sustainable way for your practice to continue thriving — well into the future. Contact us to learn about how to partner with CVP and secure your financial future and the legacy of your hospital.

What % of Your Clients Will Pay for the Big Surgery?  | Read this week's CVP Animal News Roundup

Family Yes, but …

A new survey shows what we all know — pet owners see their dogs and cats as members of the family. But it may surprise you how many say they are unwilling to pay for a necessary expense if they can’t comfortably afford it.

How do you talk to pet owners about expensive procedures? Comment at our website.

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Michael

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New Survey

Survey: Americans Love Their Pets, but Not the Expenses that Come with them.

Americans love their pets — so much that nearly eight out of 10 (78 percent) cat and/or dog owners view them as family members. However, our four-legged companions also require love from our wallets, according to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index.

Read the full story here.

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Practice Management

Dr. Jennifer Fletcher: How to Launch a Wellness Plan at Your Practice

By creating a comprehensive plan and thorough training of our staff to embrace “wellness,” we now have a foothold in moving our practice towards preventive medicine.  We implemented our program two years ago at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County and have seen many benefits of transforming the way we approach wellness in our patients.
Read the full story at Community Veterinary Partners.

Veterinary Science

Veterinarian says dogs feel no shame

There is little double online do shaming is a popular phenomenon, but a veterinary scientist says that while some dogs may cast an apologetic look to their owners, they do not actually feel guilt.
Read the full story.

Non-Compete

Veterinarian seeks to prevent mentor from opening nearby clinic

A Pennsylvania veterinarian is seeking court orders to stop the former owner of her clinic from opening a competing clinic in neighboring Fayette County.
Read the full story at the Pittbsurgh Tribune

Wellness

Banfield Study Shows Misconceptions About Vet-Client Relationships

Veterinarians believe “preventive” care is vaccines, spay/neuters and parasite control. But pet owners think it’s more about their pets’ diets, exercise, care and emotional well being, 
See the full results of the study.

What Your Clients are Reading

Catster Magazine: Do Cats Really Need Vaccines Every Year?

In fact, there are answers to the question of how often cats need vaccines, but they’re not very satisfying. Some plausible answers to that question include: It depends. Nobody knows. It varies depending upon life stage, lifestyle, geographic location, and immune system function.
Read the full story at Caster.

Climate Change

New Study: Climate Change Impacted Canine Development

Climate change impacts ecosystems and how they evolve. The same holds true for canines within those ecosystems, a new study suggests. And it all has to do with elbows.
Read the full story at AAHA.

Community Veterinary Partners works with veterinarian owners who want to continue running the medical side of their practices, but want help with the day-to-day administrative and team management tasks. We help create a long-term strategy and a sustainable way for your practice to continue thriving — well into the future. Contact us to learn about how to partner with CVP and secure your financial future and the legacy of your hospital.

Join Us For Our 2015 Fall Meeting!

You’re Invited To Our 2015 Fall Meeting!

Overcoming Behavior Obstacles in Our Patients, Our People, and Our Practices

Please join CVP, Ceva Animal Health and The Calico Group for an entertaining and enlightening day on the impact of behavior on our day-to-day practice lives.  In what promises to be outstanding event, we’ll review and discuss the importance of the many interactions between all parties in the doctor-patient-client relationship. The day will be a unique mix of clinical, practical, and management concepts and provide attendees pragmatic ideas for tackling common problems.

In addition to a fantastic line up of speakers and topics, enjoy the day in one of the most unique venues in our area, meet some of the staff of the Elmwood Park Zoo and get a one-of-a kind view of one of the area’s most popular family attractions

Event Details:

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
9 am to 3:30 PM

Elmwood Park Zoo
Canopy Gardens Hall
1661 Harding Blvd
Norristown, PA 19401

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Please RSVP to your local Ceva Territory Manager or to Dr. Travis Meredith at travis.meredith@cvpco.com.


Vets Using 3-D Printing to Improve Surgery Outcomes | This Week's CVP News Roundup

Amazing Technology

The big news this week is how veterinarians are using 3-D printing to prepare for and adjust surgery techniques.

Would you use 3-D printing to improve your surgery outcomes? Comment below.

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Michael

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Technology

Student Uses 3-D Printer to Improve Veterinary Surgery

A Kansas State college student turned CT scans of animal bone fractures and deformities into full-scale 3-D prints that veterinarians at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine are using for teaching, to plan surgeries and to find more cost-effective ways to treat four-legged patients.

Read the full story at NewsWise

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Animal Health Public Markets
Petco Announces IPO

Retail chain Petco has spent much of the last two years remodeling its stores to emphasize its new focus on pet health and wellness, which included adding an online pharmacy service courtesy of its 2014 acquisition of online retailer Drs. Foster & Smith. Now Petco, which was taken private in 2006 in a $1.8 billion private equity deal, is taking the story of its reinvention back to Wall Street, filing on August 17 for an initial public offering.

Read the full story at the New York Times
Read the full S-1 filing at the SEC website

Association News
AVMA Announces New President

Dr. Thomas F. Meyer has been named president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Meyer, who was elected to the post by the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) at its summer session on July 10, succeeds Dr. Joseph H. Kinnarney, who has officially assumed his role as AVMA president.

Read the AVMA press release

AVMA Elects Record Number of Women

Lori M. Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine and feline), has begun her tenure as one of the 11 members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors, bringing the total number of women on the board to an unprecedented six.

Read the story at DVM360

AAHA Accredits First Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has become the first zoo in the United States and Canada to earn accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Read the full story at AAHA.

Food Recall
Frozen Raw Cat Food Recalled

Northwest Farm Food Cooperative has issued a voluntarily recall of frozen raw cat food that may be contaminated with salmonella, which can affect the animals consuming the product and poses a risk to humans handling the product. To date, no pet or consumer illnesses from the cat food have been reported.

Read the full press release from the FDA

Practice Safety
Vet Bitten by Rabid Dog

A Greenbrier, Ark., veterinarian was bitten by a dog last month that had been infected with rabies.

Read the full story from KNWA

Community Veterinary Partners works with veterinarian owners who want to continue running the medical side of their practices, but want help with the day-to-day administrative and team management tasks. We help create a long-term strategy and a sustainable way for your practice to continue thriving — well into the future. Contact us to learn about how to partner with CVP and secure your financial future and the legacy of your hospital.


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