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One Person CAN Make a Difference

Originally published in Animal Health News and Views – https://animalhealthnewsandviews.com/one-person-can-make-a-difference/ If you permit, I’d like to share some news about a new employee of my Animal Policy Group, Samantha (“Sam”) Geiling, RVT, of Burnsville, Minnesota. Sam was just awarded Vet Tech of the Year by the national association, NAVTA. She became my Chief of Staff last June and earned this…

2023 in Review

Originally Published in Todays Veterinary Business – https://todaysveterinarybusiness.com/politics-and-policy-2023-1223/ With most legislative sessions closed and 2024 around the corner, let’s look at the governmental and regulatory trends that shaped policy in 2023. My team tracked almost 2,000 bills affecting the veterinary profession and animal welfare. As the workforce shortage becomes more acute, understanding which policy solutions…

What’s in Store for 2024?

Originally Published in Todays Veterinary Business – https://todaysveterinarybusiness.com/veterinary-politics-and-policy-0224/ Following an up-and-down 2023, economic tailwinds are propelling the pet economy in the first quarter of 2024. Issues persist within the veterinary industry, and vigorous and open debate will hopefully lead to solutions over time. Let’s dive into topics that will occupy our attention through the end…

It All Comes Down to Access to Care

Originally published in Animal Health News and Views – https://animalhealthnewsandviews.com/it-all-comes-down-to-access-to-care/ 2023 ends in a few weeks. Was this the greatest year ever for Veterinary medicine? Probably not, still not the worst for sure. Let’s call it a mixed bag. The dynamics of pet healthcare are stable, but the future isn’t blooming with clarity. Let’s list…

Purdue’s Canine Care Certified program helps ensure that commercial producers of puppies follow the highest standards.

Originally Published in Todays Veterinary Business – https://todaysveterinarybusiness.com/dog-breeders-politics-policy-1023/ The human-animal bond is the center of everything “pet,” and there’s no better resource than HABRI (Human Animal Bond Research Institute) to learn about its breadth and depth. Over the past 25 years, the bond has changed everything about Americans and their pets, especially dogs and cats.…

More Thoughts Regarding the Need for More Veterinarians

Originally published in Animal Health News and Views – https://animalhealthnewsandviews.com/more-thoughts-regarding-the-need-for-more-veterinarians/ My first column for this exciting new publication dove into the challenge of trying to solve the shortages of veterinarians in the United States, highlighting what we can learn from human healthcare’s 50-year battle with shortages. Unlike human medicine, we face an additional challenge in…

The New College Try

Opening up to eight more DVM programs won’t be enough to solve the veterinarian shortfall. The animal health industry, veterinary profession and pet owners largely acknowledge the acute, yearslong shortage of veterinarians. So how do we begin to reduce the shortfall? By finding ways to produce more professionals, which is what human health care has…

8 Calls to Action

Originally published in Today’s Veterinary Business. Veterinary professionals, regulators and government leaders can work together or independently to solve multiple issues. As we near the finish of the first quarter of 2023, it’s time to look at eight industry and professional issues receiving little or no attention. So, let’s at least get the conversation started…

What Are We Doing About Access to Care?

Originally published in Today’s Veterinary Business. Research into where pet owners seek services will help steer an industry dealing with not enough veterinary professionals. Having a conversation about the state of veterinary medicine in 2022 is difficult, if not impossible, without two issues front and center: the veterinary workforce shortage and access to care. Given the data,…

Dogs, Shortages and Breeders

Originally published in Today’s Veterinary Business. Humane standards and the formation of trusted relationships with suppliers will go a long way in satisfying America’s demand for affordable canine pets. The Pet Leadership Council funded two research initiatives in 2015-16. One was a Moore Information Group national survey to determine the number and demographics of U.S. dogs…