Vector-borne diseases: A crossover event

By: Graham Garrison
August, 2018
Political action committee will tackle state legislation that could negatively impact animal health stakeholders

I’m a big fan of “crossover” shows or movies. In fact, one of the highlights of late spring was taking my two sons to the latest Marvel Avengers’ flick – the crossover to end all crossovers. It’s interesting to watch different storylines merge into a single, continuous one.

We’re seeing a bit of that in the news when it comes to One Health topics, such as vector-borne diseases. The CDC reported that illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Media outlets big and small rushed to find national, regional or local sources to speak on the topic from the human health perspective.

Categories: Editor's Note, CAPC, Disease

August News - 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2018

U.S. tops in global veterinary services market
The United States is home to the world’s largest pet care veterinary services market, according to a new report from the international firm The Business Research Co. highlighted by Today’s Veterinary Business. The report, “Veterinary Services Global Market 2018,” set the U.S. segment at $13.5 billion in 2017. The pet care number was far short of the $27.5 billion U.S. market for livestock veterinary services. China’s livestock segment, by comparison, was worth $5.5 billion in 2017.

Categories: Community, News

Diversity and Inclusion Explored in Animal Health WILMAH Panel at AVDA

By: Pam Foster
August, 2018

“What specific actions do you take as a leader to create and sustain an inclusive culture within your team/company?”

This is just one of the many questions asked during a frank and inspiring panel discussion hosted by Women in Leadership and Management in Animal Health (WILMAH). The panel – presented on May 6, 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) Conference – featured leading representatives from manufacturers and distributors, including:

  • Renee Hall, Head of Commercial Excellence, BI
  • Mary Pat Thompson, Vice President of Financial Affairs, MWI
  • Margan Mulvaney, Executive Director of Human Resources, Merck
  • Doug Jones, President of Companion Animal, Patterson
  • Moderator: Julie Lawless, Sr. Director, Corporate Affairs, Elanco

Categories: AVDA Annual Conference, AVDA, WILMAH

The Culture Crafter

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2018
Why one VIC Innovation Award winner believes people matter as much as pets to a veterinary practice’s sustained success

There is a certain breed that has been a bit neglected at veterinary practices. It’s been something of a running joke in animal health, but to Cassie Sizemore, the lack of empathy among team members and even toward clients isn’t doing veterinary practices any favors. In fact, it could be hurting their business. 

“The days of finding the stereotype humorous that ‘We love pets more than people’ has come to bite us all on our butts, not tails!” Sizemore says.

Categories: Innovation, Innovation Spotlight

Road Tales: August 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2018

Replace your own car key
No more trips to the dealer to replace a lost key. The product development division of Louisville, Kentucky-based Car Keys Express released a consumer-programmable, universal aftermarket key for Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The key, with integrated remote, is said to have the same functionality as standard OEM versions and was scheduled to be available for purchase in August. This key is the second device to be released in the company’s new product line, Simple™ Key. Each key in the product line allows retailers to offer consumers a simple, “do-it-yourself” solution for replacing modern car keys. These products include a universal key and, if required, an EZ Installer™, allowing customers to pair the key to their vehicle. Once cut, consumers follow instructions to pair the key in just a few minutes.

Categories: road tales

The Science Behind the Bond

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2018
HABRI’s research highlights the human health benefits of pet ownership

Being a pet owner is good for your heart. It’s been proven by scientific study, according to the American Heart Association, which has issued a scientific statement that pet ownership improves heart health. According to the AHA, pet owners have significantly lower systolic blood pressure than non-pet owners.

Another interesting scientific finding? Owning a cat makes you more likely to be alive one year after a heart attack. Non-cat owners had a 40 percent greater likelihood of death.

Categories: Industry Trends, Trends, NAVC, Human-Animal Bond Certification


By: Graham Garrison
August, 2018
Political action committee will tackle state legislation that could negatively impact animal health stakeholders

The changes came without warning. This spring, with no hearings, or chances for stakeholders to participate in the law-making process, the Kentucky Legislature pushed through a bill that included a 6 percent tax on companion animal services. That’s 6 percent added to the bill of every pet owner that sees a veterinarian, or buys a product from a veterinarian.

What’s worse, the taxes raised were in no way targeted to improve animal welfare, or anything related to pet ownership or veterinary care, according to Mark Cushing, CEO and Founder of the Animal Policy Group. “It’s just a chance to reach over and grab money from pet owners to pay for other Kentucky priorities or interests,” Cushing says.

Categories: Industry Trends, Trends, PetsPAC

The Vetalytix Report

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2018
Veterinary practice data points from the second quarter of 2018

Welcome to the Vetalytix Report for the second quarter of 2018. In our last issue, we reported that the first quarter of 2018 proved to be challenging for many veterinarians around the country as revealed by decreases in product consumption across numerous categories. With record cold and snow taking a toll on business, many regions of the country were significantly more impacted than others.

With the end of June marking the close of the second quarter, the report that follows reveals the major trends observed during the spring months of April, May and June. Did practices fare better in the second quarter of 2018? Let’s take a look using product consumption data made available through our partnership with Animalytix and their data platform,

Categories: Industry Trends, Trends, The Vetalytix Report

On High Alert

By: Graham Garrison
August, 2018
As vector-borne disease cases increase throughout the country, both animal and human health organizations are working hard to raise awareness

An invasion is happening in the United States. Creepy crawlies carrying all sorts of vector-borne diseases are on the march, or airborne. And neither pets, nor people, are safe.

Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time.

Categories: Cover Story, Flea & Tick, Flea/Tick/Pest, Disease

Where Does Telehealth Fit in Veterinary Practice?

By: Edwards L. Blach, DVM, MS, MBA
August, 2018

Technology can be the great equalizer or the great disruptor. In the next 12 to 18 months, every veterinary practice will decide whether telehealth is a great equalizer or a great disruptor to their practice. And each practice will decide whether they are disrupting or being disrupted. 

Telehealth as defined by the AVMA is “the overarching term that encompasses all uses of technology to deliver health information, education or care remotely.” There are many different technologies that fit under the umbrella of telehealth, most of which are not obvious to the average person in the veterinary industry. 

Categories: Technology, Is My Practice Healthy?, Telehealth


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