June 12, 2024

Introducing the IBPSA Master Business Academy

At IBPSA, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest resource: the IBPSA Master Business Academy, a cutting-edge program based on an MBA curriculum and tailored for businesses in the pet care services industry. In partnership with GoalMakers, we have crafted a unique blend of networking and learning opportunities aimed at empowering pet care service providers to become better managers and improve their bottom line. What is the IBPSA Master Business Academy (IBPSA MBA)? The IBPSA Master Business […]
June 12, 2024

Job Hazard Analysis: A Valuable Tool for Workplace Safety and Accident Prevention

For businesses in the pet care services industry, taking steps to ensure workplace safety is crucial for reducing costs and liability, improving workplace morale, and cultivating a happy, healthy, and productive team. One tool that can be helpful in the effort to enhance workplace safety is a job hazard analysis, defined by OSHA as “a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur.” Read on to learn more about the job hazard analysis […]
May 22, 2024

Show Your Commitment to Pet Health with the Heroes for Healthy Pets® Certification Program

In the ever-growing pet care industry, ensuring the health and safety of our animal companions is not only an ethical matter—it’s crucial for the reputation and continued success of your business. Recognizing the need for boarding facilities, veterinary practices, grooming facilities, and other pet care businesses to stay on top of the latest infectious disease management best practices, IBPSA—in collaboration with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Pet Sitters International—is pleased to present the Heroes for […]
May 20, 2024

Enhance Your Canine Care Expertise with These Certifications

Most dog owners regard their canine companions as beloved members of the family—so when choosing pet care service providers, they tend to seek out those with a strong reputation and a demonstrated commitment to providing the highest level of care. Regardless of your specific niche in the competitive and rapidly growing pet care industry, obtaining professional certifications is a powerful way to signify your expertise and dedication to excellence while providing peace of mind for your customers. Canine Certification Opportunities […]
April 25, 2024

Boston Law Firm Secures Landmark Legal Victory in Pet Custody Case

Breaking up is hard to do—particularly when a beloved pet is caught in the schism. For pet owners who share an animal with a spouse or other romantic partner, roommate, friend, or family member, a recent case decided by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals has created promising precedent in the pet custody arena, recognizing pets as unique property with a special purpose. In Lyman v. Lanser, plaintiff Brett Lyman sought to enforce an agreement with his former romantic partner, Sasha […]
March 15, 2024

Accelerate Your Team’s Success with the AdaptivEdge Readiness Survey

For employers in the pet care services industry, a well-trained, skilled staff is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of pets and the success of the business. In seeking innovative ways to help our Members empower their teams and raise the bar for pet care excellence, IBPSA is excited to introduce the AdaptivEdge Readiness Survey. This comprehensive tool provides a solution for assessing and enhancing the capability, confidence, and readiness of your team members to increase their knowledge and […]
March 11, 2024

How Can IBPSA Support Your Pet Care Services Business?

Each year, pet owners around the world spend hundreds of billions of dollars on their beloved pets, with Americans alone spending over $120 billion. For businesses in the pet care services industry, this translates to an abundance of opportunities for growth and success—as well as ever-increasing competition. To help pet care businesses gain an edge in this dynamic industry, IBPSA offers comprehensive support, a wealth of resources, and a community of like-minded professionals. Whether you’re already an IBPSA Member or […]
March 8, 2024

What Employers Should Know About the Department of Labor’s New Independent Contractor Rule

For any organization that works with individuals who are in business for themselves, a key consideration is whether these individuals may legally be classified as independent contractors rather than employees. In the pet care industry, for instance, pet sitters, dog walkers, and groomers are often considered as freelancers or independent contractors—but depending on a variety of factors, federal law may require them to be classified as employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offers guidance under the Fair Labor Standards […]
February 9, 2024

FEMA Announces Significant Changes to Disaster Assistance Program

For businesses in the pet care services industry, having an emergency action plan in place is crucial for ensuring the safety of staff members and animals in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis. While it may be difficult to fully prepare for the consequences that a disaster could have on your business, new changes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may make it easier to receive assistance and recover more quickly in the event that the worst happens. […]
February 8, 2024

New Laws and Regulations Businesses Should Know About in 2024

The beginning of each new year tends to usher in a wave of new state and federal laws and regulations impacting businesses in several different industries. For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, it’s crucial to pay attention to how these items of legislation could potentially affect operations. At IBPSA, a key part of our mission is to provide legislative support for businesses in the pet care services industry. As we monitor the latest legal news affecting businesses across the […]