Signs are that vet business is improving

27 Jun 2020

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By Josh Loeb

Vet practices are well placed to weather the coming economic storm – if they can adapt to cater for changed customer behaviour and the continuation of some social distancing measures.

That was the message from a number of market specialists who spoke to Vet Record this week as pandemic-related restrictions were further eased and practices saw business returning.

Vet Record understands that in the small animal sector many practices are now reporting turnover above 80 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. At the height of lockdown, survey data suggested that vet business was down to just 20 per cent of what it would normally have been.

The RCVS will shortly report the findings from its latest Covid-19 survey but preliminary results point to an ‘improving picture’ (see box). Veterinary business consultant Pete Orpin, the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons’ Covid-19 lead, said: ‘We’re in a...