The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released the findings from its national COVID-19 veterinary survey on Monday.
Responding to the April survey were 2,017 practitioners from a variety of practice sizes, types and species. More than 60% of survey respondents said they operate a companion animal clinic exclusively. Less than 5% of respondents said they are predominantly food animal veterinarians.
Some of the key findings:
98% of respondents say they are limiting client contact at their clinic, with 84% saying they require clients to wait in their cars during examinations and treatments.
Many bovine practitioners still make on-farm calls, based on a straw poll that Bovine Veterinarian conducted last month. Of the 35 veterinarians who weighed in, 32 said they still treat cattle and work with livestock producers at their farm or operation, despite concerns regarding Covid-19.
Most of the AVMA survey respondents said they are experiencing cash shortfalls. The average cash shortfall for April is expected to be $17,000. Veterinarians said they expect their cash shortfall in May to average $23,000.
The three top cash-flow strategies respondents cited for their plan to deal with the problem:
• 60% said they plan/hope to use an SBA loan
• 58% said they will forego their salary
• 57% will use business cash reserves
For more information on what the numbers show and a summary report of the findings, visit https://ebusiness.avma.org/files/coronavirus/COVID-19-veterinary-survey-full-report.pdf.