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April 29, 2021

Results of the 2021 Covid-19 Veterinary Impact Survey and what they mean for animal hospitals

Matthew Shivers

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Matt Shivers — VP of Hospital Success at IndeVets

In spring 2020, IndeVets conducted a series of veterinary impact surveys, to assess how Covid-19 impacted the clinical, operational and financial performance of animal hospitals. You can view past survey results here.

Now, 1 year later, we conducted a follow-up survey to see how things have changed — and the results were surprising.

How has vet med changed 1 year after Covid-19?

Here are just a few of our findings:

How has Covid impacted the revenue of your animal hospital?
How has Covid impacted the revenue of your animal hospital?
Are you still practicing curbside medicine?
Are you still practicing curbside medicine?

To see the full results from the 2021 survey, click here.

But what does it mean? 3 takeaways for animal hospitals in 2021

The survey results show a clear uptick in revenues — which is great news for veterinary practices. Other takeaways include:

  1. Increased demand for appointments — including overflow demand from other hospitals. This trend suggests structural shifts in the market, and could have lasting implications for smaller mom-and-pop hospitals and solo practitioners.
  2. Fluctuating staffing levels. At the start of the pandemic, nearly 80% of hospitals surveyed reported a decrease in staffing. A year later, about 1/3 still report a decrease in staffing, with another 1/3 reporting increases in staffing, and a final 1/3 reporting no change.
  3.  New ways of working, including the transformation of curbside medicine and the (slow) adoption of telemedicine.

IndeVets CEO Michael Raphael explores each of these trends in detail in a new blog post for VetSuccess. Head there to learn more about our predictions for how veterinary medicine is changing in 2021.

Survey says: Revenue—and competition—growing for animal hospitals, plus 4 key takeaways from IndeVets (via VetSuccess)

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Four key trends for animal hospitals in 2021

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