Veterinary economy: Some growth, but future guarded

Veterinary economy: Some growth, but future guarded

Sep 01, 2008
By staff

PORTLAND, ORE. — More than half of the veterinarians surveyed report revenue growth for the first two quarters of 2008.

Cautious optimism on the economy
The data, released in late August by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) at Banfield's 2008 Pet Healthcare Industry Summit, sought to measure veterinarians' attitudes about a soft economy, reports Dr. John Albers, AAHA's executive director.

Despite the growth, almost 62 percent of the 550 veterinarians surveyed are very concerned about this issue, Albers reports. "It's all we have been hearing about from our members. People are very focused on the economic climate of this country."

The survey compared total revenue of respondents for the first six months of 2008, and asked them to predict economic conditions for the remainder of the year.

According to the results, 56 percent of surveyed veterinarians report revenue increases for this time period, while more than one quarter (28.4 percent) cited declines. No change was reported by the remaining 16 percent of practitioners.

Banfield's 2008 Pet Healthcare Industry Summit brought together more 150 leaders from associations to industry to talk about trends/issues facing veterinary medicine.