Veterinary Coronavirus Roundup

May 1, 2020


By several measures, the veterinary industry had been thriving until we were blindsided by SARS-CoV-2. In this week’s Roundup, experts from VetWatch help us understand the impact on veterinary businesses.

Plus, one part of our community that wasn’t really blindsided by the novel coronavirus? Wildlife Veterinarians. One of them—Dr. Sonia Hernanzez—shares her perspective.

Watch and send us your feedback on the topics in this week’s Spark Coronavirus Roundup.



Story of the Week: A Look at Antech’s SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Program

Story of the Week

The CDC and USDA announced last week that they confirmed the first two cases of companion animals in the US that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Antech Diagnostics announced that it found the initial positive result as part of its SARS-CoV-2 surveillance program before working with the national health organizations for confirmatory testing.

We spoke with Dr. Jennifer Ogeer, Antech’s vice president of medical affairs and commercial marketing, to discuss what the surveillance program entails, what they’ve learned, and why pet owners should remain calm during this pandemic. …

Read the full article on TodaysVeterinaryPractice.com


Take a Closer Look

Can Dogs Sniff Out COVID-19? Penn Vet Aims to Find Out.

Scent Detection

A new training program aims to determine if dogs can identify COVID-19 infected humans via scent detection.

Veterinary Business Insight From VetWatch

VetWatch

The new data platform allows users to target specific regions and analyze purchasing, revenue, and operational trends from thousands of practices.

A Wildlife Veterinarian’s Take on the Pandemic

Sonia Hernandez

Dr. Sonia Hernandez joins Dr. Dana Varble to discuss one health, bats, and the wildlife veterinarian’s take on the pandemic.


Resources of the Week

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Past Roundups


April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020


Of all the shortages the medical community—veterinary professionals included—are facing, scarce medication may be the most troubling. After all, it’s directly tied to the health outcomes of patients. In this episode, we ask a drug manufacturer how he thinks the shortage will be resolved.

Plus, Dr. Andy Roark describes how he plans to celebrate the international veterinary school class of 2020.

Watch and share your feedback on the topics in this week’s Spark Coronavirus Roundup.



Story of the Week: Dear Class of 2020 Veterinarians

Story of the Week

Dear Class of 2020 Veterinarians,

I can’t imagine what it feels like to be entering the profession during a pandemic, “The Great Pause,” and an uncertain economy. Most of you won’t have a graduation ceremony and won’t be able to reconnect with your classmates, teachers, and colleagues to celebrate your accomplishment and mark this important milestone. You enter our profession into a world forever changed.

Here’s the deal, though: this isn’t our first time. Veterinarians and veterinary medicine will endure. One hundred and ten years ago my great-grandfather graduated with his degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Science from The Kansas City Veterinary College.

Yes, you read that right—that degree and that school don’t exist anymore. But…

Read the full article on TodaysVeterinaryPractice.com


Take a Closer Look

Today’s Veterinary Practice—All About Anesthesiology

Anesthesia Articles

Speaking of how critical anesthesia medications are to caring for patients, explore the wealth of information on the topic on this Today’s Veterinary Practice resource page.

How Epicur Pharma Fills the Space Between Commercial and Compounding

Epicur Pharma

What is a 503b outsourcing facility and what does it do for the veterinary community? Learn more in this Spark Marketplace video.

Checking In with Ross Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

Ross Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

Transparency and compassion are how this Covington, GA team is making it through the pandemic.


Resources of the Week

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April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020


One of the lessons emerging in the age of the coronavirus is technology is key to enhancing the client experience, even as we’re all forced to distance ourselves. And could human healthcare call on veterinarians to pitch in their time and experience in caring for COVID-19 patients?

We explore these questions and more in this week’s Coronavirus Roundup.



Story of the Week: How to Set Fees For Veterinary Virtual Care

Story of the Week

Telemedicine can streamline the workflow in the practice or hospital, provide flexibility for clients, improve work/life balance for veterinary professionals, and boost a practice’s bottom line.

One major reason for embracing telemedicine, even after the COVID-19 crisis is past, is due to the spending power of millennials and how they prefer to communicate. There are currently 80 million millennials in the United States, and each year they spend approximately $600 billion. They are five times more likely to adopt technology than any other age group, and 60% support the use of telehealth options. Generation Z — who were born in 1995 or later — make up 26% of the U.S. population. By 2020, they’ll make up a third and contribute $44 billion to the American economy. This generation is tech-savvy and digitally connected 24/7. …

Read the full article on TodaysVeterinaryPractice.com


Take a Closer Look

Checking In:
Saint Francis Veterinary Center

Checking In: Saint Francis Veterinary Center

See how this clinic is using technology to reinforce client-practice relationships in the era of 6 feet of social distance.

Mark Cushing on the Future of Telemedicine

Mark Cushing on the Future of Telemedicine

Hear why the coronavirus pandemic might be the push the veterinary industry needs to truly embrace telemedicine.

Podcast: The One Health Act
Featuring Congressman Ted Yoho

COVID-19 Article

Hear how Congressman Ted Yoho’s veterinary background prepared him to see the threat a zoonotic disease outbreak posed to the United States before COVID-19 arrived.

Chapter 5:
Tales from the COVID-19 Front Lines

COVID-19 Article

As veterinary practices adjust to the new normal, client frustration grows over visitation guidelines and hospital owners encounter hurdles when applying for government aid.

Quarantine and Pets:
How to Help Pet Owners Adjust

COVID-19 Article

Pet owners may be looking to start grooming and running their pets while in COVID-19 quarantine. Here’s how to communicate best practices.

Determining What’s Essential
Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

COVID-19 Article

Veterinary practice owners face ambiguity and financial ramifications as procedures are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020


Essential services—that term can have different implications from state to state and even clinic to clinic. In this week’s roundup, we try to find some clear guidelines. We also check in on how veterinary nurses are faring, and we cover what a tiger’s positive SARS-CoV-2 test means for veterinary clients.



Story of the Week:
Lions, Tigers, Domestic Cats, and COVID-19: How Do We Educate Pet Owners?

Story of the Week

On April 5, the Bronx Zoo announced that one Malayan tiger tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, after showing symptoms of a cough and decreased appetite.

Veterinary teams have been educating pet owners that there currently is no evidence indicating the spread of the COVID-19 virus from pets to other animals or humans. Here are a few questions pet owners may ask, along with information to date to help answer in a factual manner.

Read the full article on TodaysVeterinaryNurse.com


Take a Closer Look

Chapter 4:
Tales from the COVID-19 Front Lines

COVID-19 Article

Veterinary professionals from across the country report on the implications of this crisis on their business, day-to-day operation, and emotional wellbeing.

How the Government is Helping
Practice Owners

COVID-19 Article

A paycheck protection loan and an economic injury grant are two of several business-friendly programs available to veterinarians.

Be a Leader for Your Team During the Coronavirus Crisis

COVID-19 Article

Leadership is crucial, now more than ever, and can come in the form of anyone in a veterinary clinic. Rise to the occasion for your team and your patients with these tips.

The Veterinary Nurse’s Role
in Telemedicine

COVID-19 Article

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing telemedicine to the forefront now more than ever. What does it mean, how has it been used, and what is the role of the veterinary nurse?

New York Veterinarians Give Ventilators to ‘War Effort’ Against Coronavirus

COVID-19 Article

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urges anybody in the city with a ventilator to come forward, while many veterinarians have already given all they have.

VetCT Offers Free Telemedicine Access to Veterinary Specialists

COVID-19 Article

VetCT, a global telemedicine provider, is offering free access to its network of veterinary specialists temporarily to assist veterinarians during the coronavirus pandemic.


Resources of the Week

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April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020


A Chicago veterinarian succumbs to COVID-19 and industry metrics look bleak, but amid the fear and despair veterinarians offer hope by sharing their ventilators. All this and more in the inaugural edition of the Spark COVID-19 update!



Story of the Week:
Veterinarians Donate Life-Support Ventilators in Coronavirus Response

COVID-19 Article

“We are not only in the process of responding, but also significantly planning for what is to come. Inventories of ventilators will be critical.”

Those words helped convince Dr. Beth Davidow that it was time to act. She had reached out to Geoff Austin, chief operating officer of the University of Washington Medical Center, after the new coronavirus reached Washington and its residents started testing positive for COVID-19. The response, specifically regarding the local hospitals’ need for life-support ventilators, urged Davidow to activate the power of the professional veterinary community.

“As you read the news of people dying because there’s not a ventilator available,” she said, “it makes you want to help as much as you can.” …

Read the full article on TodaysVeterinaryPractice.com


Take a Closer Look

Is Your Team Suffering From Coronavirus Pandemic Anxiety?

COVID-19 Article

Added stressors related to the coronavirus pandemic can take a serious toll on the mental health of veterinary professionals. Here are a few ways to help alleviate anxiety.

Forecast Is Grim for
Veterinary Services in 2020

COVID-19 Article

Packaged Facts, a market research firm, expects a pandemic-related thrashing of the U.S. pet market in 2020, but potential good news for next year.

Telemedicine Emerges as a Care Option
for Veterinary Patients

COVID-19 Article

Telemedicine has become a critical resource for practices, and it could be here to stay. Here are the basics and best practices for veterinarians looking to implement telemedicine.

COVID-19 Business Advice from a Veterinary CPA

COVID-19 Article

Denise Tumblin, CPA shares what practice owners should be paying attention to in federal coronavirus aid programs, and best practices to weather the storm.

Chapter 3:
Tales from the COVID-19 Front Lines

COVID-19 Article

Veterinary professionals from across the country report on how they are facing this crisis and how it is affecting business.

LA Times: Pet Adoptions Spike
During Quarantine

COVID-19 Article

With social distancing and quarantine procedures in place for most Americans, demand for pet adoption and fostering has skyrocketed in several communities.


Resources of the Week

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