July 2013



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Internet Pharmacies: Industry & Consumer Trends - Are They Buying What You're Selling?

The notion that clients and consumers demand high quality services and diverse options, all at bottom dollar prices, is nothing new.  Technological advancements and easy access to a wealth of information via the internet has produced a discerning and informed class of consumers.  The current consumer is also extremely price-conscious, a natural consequence of the recent economic downturn.  Unlike previous decades, the price-conscious client of today ahs access to unprecedented purchasing options via the internet and can price-shop far more extensively than ever before.   More and more people shop almost exclusively online and have come to expect this level of convenience in all transactions, including veterinary medicine.  Many consumers will even pay a premium on internet purchases just for the convenience of never having to leave the couch.  Some types of products, like pet medications, can be sold more cheaply online or by big-box stores like Wal-Mart.  It should come as no surprise that these alternative purchasing options for pet meds are now more popular than ever.   


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Issues Confronting Veterinary Medicine 



Life is constantly changing, including in veterinary medicine. When veterinarians think about change, it tends to be in terms of medical progress in the near future: the next new wonder drug, perhaps, or a new surgical technique. However, some of the most essential changes necessary for the stability and growth of veterinary medicine do not involve new concepts; rather, these changes involve recognizing issues that have plagued veterinary medicine for over a decade and finally dealing with them. Numerous large survey studies have been performed to analyze and identify key factors inhibiting the growth and potential of veterinarians and their practices, and we will examine common themes expressed across these studies - those that have been, are, and will continue to be important issues confronting veterinary medicine

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In This Issue
Internet Pharmacies: Industry & Consumer Trends
Issues Confronting Veterinary Medicine
People problems? We can help
Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013

There is no greater challenge in veterinary medicine today than recruiting, hiring, managing, and retaining talented people. Now you can find answers to your most pressing human resources questions and get a people management resources guide, all in one complete kit.


The Human Resources Tool Kit simplifies the overall approach to people management in your practice, by providing you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive tools, tips, and practical tactics to managing employees of all levels.  

Update: Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 


U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced legislation on April 12th that would make it legal for veterinarians to transport and dispense medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia that they need to properly care for animal patients.   


There is a possibility this bill might be added to farm bill discussions coming up. Minnesota's Rep. Collin Peterson has already supported the vet medicine mobility act.  


Contact your lawmakers and make sure they are behind it, too.


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