Ransomware attacks have severely impacted the animal health care industry, prompting The United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA) to take immediate action

The United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA) has created Cybersecurity “Best Practices” recommendations to promote safe, efficient, and effective operations for distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers of animal care products. The recommendations come in the aftermath of a ransomware attack that impacted more than 700 animal health care networks around the globe. The recommendations are designed to prevent data breeches, financial fraud, and economic losses.

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UVSA Industry Insights Research

UVSA strives to protect and defend the integrity of the veterinarian but we recognize that consumers are looking for other options online to seek out diagnoses and products for their pets and animals, all outside of the traditional veterinary practice setting. UVSA is committed to providing our members with research into consumer expectations and preferences as a part of our Industry Insights surveys.

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New UVSA Research on Pet Owner Behavior During COVID Affirms the Increase in Human Animal Bond and the Rise of the Empowered Pet Owner Millennial

Abingdon, MD (May 25, 2021) The United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA) recently unveiled commissioned research on the impact of COVID- 19 on pet owner behaviors and attitudes related to veterinarians as a result of the pandemic and quarantine rules and restrictions. Pet owners reported a stronger human-animal bond (HAB) and increased pampering behavior over the past year, with statistically significant increases from work-from-home (WFH) pet owners and Millennials, respectively. This growth led to significant increases in owner-pet play, grooming (e.g., washing, dental care), vet-centric support, and vet hospital purchase behavior, led by high-earning urban Millennial males. Owners expect these pandemic-induced behaviors will likely persist post-COVID.

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UVSA Adopts New Product/Item Set Up Form to Enhance Supply Chain Optimization

Abingdon, Md (6/18/19) -In 2018, the United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA – formerly known as AVDA) established a task force comprised of UVSA distributors to help standardize a New Product/Item Form that distributors could use when they are asked by a supplier or manufacturer to add a New Product or Item to their systems.   The goal of the new form was to optimize the supply chain by adopting a single form that would be endorsed and utilized by all in the animal health industry.   A new form has been approved by the UVSA board and will be released to members soon.  This form will help standardize the submission of new items or products by suppliers to distributors.  This will be a huge advancement in supply chain optimization for all sectors of the industry. 

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AVDA Changes Name and Focus to United Veterinary Services Association

ABINGDON, Md. (12/11/18) - This past summer, The American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) members and key animal health industry stakeholders gathered together to discuss the future direction of AVDA and how it can evolve and stay relevant to its members.  Participants, including the AVDA board, agreed that it was important for the new organization to defend the veterinary channel and should maintain a focus on the veterinarian as it designed its future path for the organization.  The participants concluded that in order to maintain a healthy, robust veterinary channel, AVDA should become THE place where manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who support the veterinarian and animal care can explore what they can do collectively to serve this channel.

A new mission for the association was defined:  As the hub for relevant information leading to innovation in the supply chain, UVSA will enhance animal care by supporting those who serve the veterinary channel. In light of this shift in focus from a distributor-based organization to one that more fully represents those who serve the veterinary supply channel, all agreed that a new name was needed to more appropriately reflect the new direction of the association.  After much discussion, United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA) was chosen.  AVDA’s Active distributor members have approved the name change and the association will begin filing the appropriate legal documents to change the name of the association along with its bylaws and governance structure to reflect this new direction and name.

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AVDA Survey Reinforces the Value of Distribution

As a part of AVDA’s strategic planning process, the AVDA board focused a significant amount of time in the last year around our information goal. This goal was for manufacturers and distributors, through better understanding of the distributor value proposition, to enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace resulting in the ultimate customer experience. Our major objective under this goal was to increase manufacturers’ understanding of distributor value proposition.

Our primary strategy to help us achieve this goal was to clearly define and communicate the distributor value proposition through a whitepaper called “The Power of D” to help explain to our manufacturer partners how important distribution is to our veterinary practice customers. To support this effort, we surveyed veterinary practices last fall about the value that distribution brings to their practices.

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Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Update – Fall 2017

Read more about the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI)’s recent efforts and findings. Click here for more.

Pet Ownership Saves $11.7 Billion in Health Care Costs

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Releases New Economic Study — The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation today announced the findings of a new economic study on the healthcare cost savings associated with pet ownership. The economic analysis, conducted by two researchers from George Mason University, calculated an $11.7 billion savings in U.S. healthcare costs as a result of pet ownership.
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