TUESDAY • August 16, 2022
Dear Veterinary Student, While understanding that the clinical and scientific education you are receiving now is your primary focus, this weekly publication is designed to supplement your education by providing information that helps you learn about the business of veterinary medicine, the emerging technologies that will shape the future of veterinary practice, the ever-changing regulatory environment and more. It features commentary from Terry Sheehan, an industry consultant with a keen eye for trends affecting the animal health industry. We hope this newsletter helps you prepare for your career in veterinary medicine. The Veterinary Student Insider is delivered at no charge, and we encourage you to share it with your peers! To subscribe, click here.

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10 veterinary trends worth your attention
Dr. Bob Lester, chief medical officer at WellHaven Pet Health, gives his take on the top pet health trends to watch in the coming years. The workforce shortage, the increase in smart pet technology and regulatory changes that recognize midlevel professionals in the industry are among the 10 trends Lester highlights in Today’s Veterinary Business.

TS: A great read that seems to capture the most important issues facing veterinary medicine. Just follow the link.

> Read more of this article here.

The debate continues
Mark Cushing’s article recapping pressing issues that affect animal health is another great read. Key takeaways:
  • New York could soon ban the sale of puppies in pet stores. But the law risks negatively affecting business for all breeders, including those who follow humane practices.
  • The problem could be solved if New York allowed breeders to become certified under a Purdue University program that verifies humane practices.
  • Two groups have recently launched veterinary telemedicine initiatives— one in favor of VCPRs being established virtually and the other against. With prominent voices on both sides, the debate is far from over.
> Read more of this article here.

Housing-related pet surrenders tick up as inflation forces relocations and dampens pet spending
Most pet owners are spending more on their animals now than they were six months ago, according to a new survey by Rover. More than 90% of pet owners across the country said they’ve noticed an increase in pet-related costs due to inflation, up from 71% who said the same in January, according to the survey. Rover also found that to adjust for increasing prices, pet owners are buying less expensive food, treats and accessories for their dogs. In some cases, owners have had to give up their pet. Monica Dangler, director of Pima Animal Center in Tucson, said the shelter is hearing more often from pet owners that they’ve been forced to surrender their animals because of housing concerns such as eviction or lack of affordable housing. A year ago, housing -related surrenders made up 6% of the shelter’s surrenders. Now, they make up 18%, according to CNBC.

TS: While the Q2 earnings reports have been mostly positive, there are indications that inflation is affecting veterinary spending and care, a trend that must be followed closely.

> Read more of this article here.

New report from WalletHub ranks the 100 largest U.S. cities on pet friendliness
Scottsdale, Arizona, was named the most pet-friendly city in the United States in a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub. Tampa, Florida, and Portland, Oregon, followed in the second and third spots on the list, which ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities on pet friendliness. The ranking accounted for 23 metrics, including pet care provider rate per visit, pet businesses per capita and walkability. Columbus, Ohio, ranked No. 1 among cities with the lowest veterinary care costs.

> Read more of this article here.

AAVMC and FFAR announce 2022 Vet Fellows researching sustainable animal production
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research have announced the 2022 cohort of FFAR Vet Fellows. The Vet Fellows program began in 2018 through a partnership between FFAR and AAVMC. It allows veterinary students around the world to conduct research to advance global food security, sustainable animal production and environmental sustainability. The fellowship culminates at the AAVMC National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at the end of the summer.

> Read more of this article here.


Proposed federal rule would require organic chickens to have access to outdoors
President Joe Biden’s administration proposed a rule requiring U.S. farms to give egg-laying chickens access to the outdoors in order to earn the label “organic.”

The proposed rule from USDA would mean companies using the “organic” label no longer have the option of installing open-air porches on henhouses instead of providing access to pasture.

Companies could potentially have up to 15 years to comply. The rule faces a 60-day public comment period before it can be implemented, and it’s unclear how industry groups will respond, Reuters reports.

> Read more of this article here.


New funding will help company develop herd-specific vaccines to respond to disease outbreaks
Genvax Technologies has secured $6.5 million in seed funding to help its targeted vaccine technology gain USDA and international regulatory approval.

The company’s technology allows for rapid development of herd- or flock-specific vaccines meant to match with variant viral strains circulating in animal production operations.

“The goal is to develop a vaccine that matches 100% to the specific strain when a disease outbreak occurs,” said Joel Harris, CEO and co-founder of Genvax. Harris added that the technology could play an important role in combating African swine fever and maintaining trade relationships with other countries during an ASF outbreak.

> Read more of this article here.

Terry Sheehan is currently the CEO of Aniconsilia, LLC an animal health industry only consulting firm he founded in 2009. Prior to the founding of Aniconsilia, Terry had a 30+ year career in the animal health industry with a strong record of achievement in sales, marketing, and commercial operations. Terry held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in all segments of Animal Health Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Commercial Operations.
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