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Start Talking with Practices About Section 179 Tax Benefits for 2018

By: Pam Foster
August, 2018

It’s not too soon to plan how you’ll help practices get a big break for tax year 2018.

The thing is, your customers may not be aware that The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 changed some of the laws regarding depreciation deductions on capital equipment purchases.* So, if you bring up these changes, you may possibly help your customers benefit from investing in new equipment.

Categories: DSR Facing Blog, IRS, Taxes

Show Independent Veterinary Clinics How to Compete the Wellness Way

By: Pam Foster
August, 2018

Here’s an idea to strengthen your customer relationships as a veterinary Distribution Sales Representative (DSR):

Help independent clinics foster healthier pets and happier clients while competing more effectively against the local competition.

Categories: wellness plans, DSR Facing Blog

Help Veterinary Practices Be the Best Resources for Senior Pet Health

By: Pam Foster
July, 2018

Owners of senior pets are looking to their veterinarians for help to ease the various signs and symptoms of aging. 

Consider senior diets, for instance. In a June article about Petfood Forum 2018, it was stated that, “Veterinary advice and scientific research were more trusted than information directly from a pet food company.” This was a statement presented in a Forum session by David Sprinkle, publisher and research director at Packaged Facts.

Categories: Senior Care, DSR Facing Blog

Know the Latest Surgical Glove Options for Veterinary Practices

By: Pam Foster
July, 2018

A few weeks ago, we reviewed the latest advancements and options in veterinary exam gloves.

Now it’s time to look at the other important glove category in veterinary medicine: surgical gloves.

As a DSR, Distributor Sales Rep — you’re the best resource for keeping veterinary teams informed on new surgical glove designs, features, benefits, and choices.

Categories: Gloves, DSR Facing Blog

An Interview with Ben Shaw of Vets First Choice

By: Pam Foster
June, 2018

In late April of this year, the veterinary industry was rocked with big news: “Henry Schein Will Spin Off Its Animal Health Business, Which Will Merge with Vets First Choice Forming an Independent Public Company

As a Distributor Sales Representative (DSR), this may affect you as Vets First Choice (VFC) becomes a major force in the veterinary market.  

Categories: Distribution, DSR Facing Blog, Interview

5 Changes the Updated AAHA Vaccination Guidelines Bring to Clinics

By: Pam Foster
January, 2018

In September 2017, AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association) introduced its updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines. If you haven’t had a chance to look through the updates, there’s a chance your customers haven’t, either.

This is the perfect time to take a look with the practices in your region! Spring is nearly here, and those disease-carrying pests are about to emerge after a long winter nap. Or if you’re in a warmer climate, the updates are relevant year-round.

Categories: Vaccines, AAHA, AAHA Guidelines, DSR Facing Blog

2018 Flea-Tick Pricing is a Whole New Ballgame for Veterinary Practices

By: Pam Foster
January, 2018

Spring — and spring training — are not so far away. And when baseball season arrives, so do the fleas and ticks emerging from this deep-freeze winter.

It’s time to start talking with your customers now about prepping for flea-tick season. But this year, it should be a very different conversation from the past. Why?

Categories: Flea & Tick, Flea/Tick/Pest, DSR Facing Blog

Get Ahead of Veterinary Dental Month with WSAVA’s New Guidelines

By: Pam Foster
December, 2017

The holidays are here, and then – poof – it will be time to help practices prep for a successful February National Pet Dental Health Month. 

For February 2018, the big news for your customers is the release of WSAVA’s new Global Dental Guidelines, which were debuted at the 42nd World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark in September 2017.

Categories: Dental, Dental Health Month, DSR Facing Blog, WSAVA

Euthanasia Drug Shortage Alert for Veterinary Distributor Reps

By: Pam Foster
December, 2017

Veterinary practices looking to you as a resource for ordering euthanasia drugs may ask you about delayed shipping dates.

The reason is — in case you missed it — the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) reported a shortage of pentobarbital sodium with phenytoin sodium on October 17, 2017 on its website that reports Current Drug Shortages. The website simply lists “manufacturing delay” as the reason.

Categories: Distribution, DSR Facing Blog

Peer Proof and the DSR Role in Veterinary Dental Revenue Growth

By: Pam Foster
November, 2017

If you’ve been in the veterinary industry for a while, you’re probably aware that most veterinarians like to see “peer proof” of success with a new procedure, technique, device, or practice-building tactic.

Most veterinarians aren’t keen on being the first to try something new. They’re generally risk-averse and they demand proof before trying something different. Perhaps you’ve noticed this during your clinic visits. 

Categories: Dental, DSR Facing Blog