Stephanie Duncan

Stephanie Duncan

If you haven’t heard of the new mobile game Pokémon Go, you could ask your staff or children if they have and I bet the answer will be a resounding yes. It’s dominated airwaves, TV time, social media, and just about every major publication has published an article about the records this game has shattered in the few short weeks it has been out.

New Route Launching April 4, 2016 to Bring Cremation Services to Veterinarians in Rochester, MN

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN--(Marketwired - April 04, 2016) - Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), the leading association for veterinary practices in the Midwest, is excited to announce the expansion of their cremation services to southwestern Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin. Veterinary hospitals from Rochester, MN to La Crosse, WI will now receive weekly cremation services.

VHA provides essential services to veterinary clinics throughout the Midwest, including product delivery and reliable, ethical cremation services. Clinics in Rochester, MN and surrounding areas were previously receiving weekly product deliveries. Now they will have access to the trustworthy cremation services VHA provides in order to provide quality end-of-life options for their clients. This expansion highlights VHA's ongoing commitment to furthering their veterinary clinic member's success.

"We have greatly anticipated extending our services to better benefit more members in the greater Midwest," says VHA Executive Director Jeff Benson. "Continuing our member's success is top priority, and by providing ethical cremation solutions to more members, we are achieving that goal."

Three area clinics in Rochester, MN, have committed to using VHA's cremation services, with more joining every day. To learn more about VHA's portfolio of services, visit http://www.veterinaryha.org.

About Veterinary Hospitals Association

Established in 1984, Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) is a member-driven association organized to represent the interests of members and the veterinary community. VHA currently serves more than 400 veterinary practices. The goal of VHA is to enhance the profitability of each member practice by positively impacting its bottom line. With member involvement, VHA will continue to offer services that either save money or make money for all members. Follow VHA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Media Contact

Stephanie Duncan
Communications Coordinator
Veterinary Hospitals Association
(507) 360-6929
SDuncan@veterinaryha.org

Veterinary Clinics Nationwide Now Have Access to Affordable, Experienced Business Services

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN--(Marketwired - June 14, 2016) - Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), the leading association for veterinary practices in the Midwest, is pleased to announce the expansion of their Business Services division. Veterinary clinics throughout the United States will now have access to the quality, affordable, and experienced professional business services VHA provides.

In 2015, VHA acquired Veterinary Management Services and the portfolio of services they provided, from financial health assessments and human resource management to marketing support and practice evaluations. Jim Poissant, founder of Veterinary Management Services, became VHA's Director of Business Services and has continued to provide assistance to veterinary practices throughout the Midwest. With this national expansion, Poissant and VHA are excited about helping more veterinary practices improve their business models.

"We're very excited about the chance to work with clinics outside our immediate area," said Jim Poissant, Director of VHA Business Services, "and to help them better understand and respond to the practice management issues they face every day. For more than fifteen years, we've worked hard to take the pain out of ownership and management for hundreds of practitioners in the Midwest; now we're ready to bring that expertise and support to hospitals and clinics across the country."

Veterinary clinics outside the Midwest do not need to become members of VHA in order to gain access to VHA Business Services. However, a discounted introductory new member price structure will be offered so clinics nationwide can also take advantage of VHA's product pricing as well.

"When veterinary clinics purchase together, they receive better pricing," states VHA Executive Director Jeff Benson, "Clinics who request business services through VHA won't be required to become members, but they'll be given the option to take full advantage of a membership at a very low price."

To learn more about Veterinary Hospitals Association's business services offerings, visit http://veterinaryha.org/business-services. To schedule a no-cost, no-obligation discussion about your practice needs and what VHA Business Services can do for you, email us at bizserv@veterinaryha.org.

About Veterinary Hospitals Association

Established in 1984, Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) is a member-driven association organized to represent the interests of members and the veterinary community. VHA currently serves more than 400 veterinary practices. The goal of VHA is to enhance the profitability of each member practice by positively impacting its bottom line. With member involvement, VHA will continue to offer services that either save money or make money for all members. Follow VHA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Media Contact

Stephanie Duncan
Communications Coordinator
Veterinary Hospitals Association
(507) 360-6929
SDuncan@veterinaryha.org

shutterstock 263635745July means mid-year marketing reviews for businesses. It’s a perfect opportunity review how the last six months have performed for your business, and if any changes are needed to obtain the goals you’ve set for the rest of 2016.

If you’re looking to add a little boost to your marketing efforts, there are several ideas you can implement:

May 20, 2016

Hot Car Dangers

It's HOT outside. Guess how hot it is in your car?

Leaving a dog in a hot car is dangerous and often deadly.

United Animal Nations (UAN) is imploring pet owners to avoid leaving their dogs in hot cars this summer – a practice that can lead to serious illness and even death. “Often people leave their dogs in the car while they shop or run errands, but doing so when the weather is warm can literally be a death sentence for your pet,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.

ticksThe rise in outdoor temperatures is a sure sign that spring is here, and with the change come ticks.

When the weather warms it’s safe to assume that ticks are out looking for their next meal. Although the arachnids are found throughout the United States, deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are common carriers of Lyme disease. They often are found in wooded areas and along forest trails, primarily where their preferred host, the white-tailed deer, is located. 

For veterinary clinics, spring is a time to educate pet owners about flea and tick season, and to recommend preventive measures such as parasitic control and vaccination against Borrelia burgdorferi, or Lyme disease.

dog vpn articleAnimal cruelty is an unfortunate, horrific reality involving innocent beings that are unable to speak up for themselves. Veterinary professionals have a moral, ethical and, in some states, legal obligation to be the voice for these victims.

Animal cruelty is a catchall statement for offenses that include neglect, abuse, abandonment, animal fighting and even practicing veterinary medicine without a license. State laws vary in whether animal cruelty is deemed a misdemeanor or a felony, and they even go so far as to detail which animals are included. For example, New York laws cover “every living creature except a human being,” while in Alaska, protected animals include vertebrates but not fish.

Do you have an opening at your veterinary practice and you're looking to hire? Fill out the form below to place an opening on our Jobs page for free!

Please note: Submissions will be posted live to the website within 1-2 business days. A confirmation email will be sent to the email provided in the form, as well as an email confirming when the posting is live with a link to the posting. You will have an opportunity to request updates once the posting is live, or can request it to be removed if the position becomes unavailable. If the position is not open yet, but will be in the future, please note that when filling out the form by adjusting the "Date Opening Available" selection.

Want your ad to reach a larger audience, including the MVMA, Indeed.com, Monster.com, and more? Please log in to your VHA account and fill out the "Ideal Candidate Questionnaire Form".

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One of the most difficult conversations to have in the veterinary industry is “the talk”—the end-of-life and euthanasia discussion.

How does one approach clients to tell them their beloved companion must cross the rainbow bridge after 15 or more years together? How does a veterinary practitioner discuss options or bring up memorial keepsakes? What do you do if euthanizing is the only ethical and humane option but the client doesn’t want to let go?