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

Time is Running Out to Claim the Self-Employed Tax Credit—Do You Qualify?

To help businesses and individuals weather the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government introduced a variety of relief measures, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) of 2020. Among other provisions, the FFCRA included a tax credit known as the Self-Employed Tax Credit (SETC), which was designed to provide financial relief for self-employed individuals who were impacted by the pandemic in various ways during 2020 or 2021. For those who qualify, an important date is approaching: April […]
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 […]
January 16, 2024

What Pet Care Businesses Should Know About OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements

For businesses in the pet care industry, it’s imperative to not only take steps to ensure the health and safety of the animals in their care, but also to create a safe workplace for employees. Promoting workplace safety is an effective way to improve staff morale and reduce workers’ compensation premiums—and for many businesses, it may also be required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Among the most common rules imposed by OSHA are recordkeeping requirements, which […]
January 6, 2024

7 Essential Customer Service Tips for Pet Care Businesses

In the rapidly growing and highly competitive pet care industry, providing exceptional customer service is as vital as the care you offer to the pets themselves. Whether you’re running a pet sitting business, grooming or training service, boarding facility, or veterinary clinic, your approach to customer service can significantly impact the success of your business. At IBPSA, we are committed to helping our Members provide the best possible care for pets while building lasting business relationships with pet owners. Here […]
January 5, 2024
A veterinarian practicing holistic pet care examines a cat.

What is Holistic Pet Care?

In recent years, the concept of holistic pet care has gained significant traction among pet owners and pet care professionals. As with holistic medicine for humans, this comprehensive approach goes beyond traditional methods and seeks to address the whole animal—mind, body, and spirit—rather than just focusing on treating specific symptoms or illnesses. While most holistic pet care practitioners use varying degrees of both conventional and alternative treatments, they are united by their goal of preventing health issues before they arise […]
January 3, 2024

IBPSA Joins Coalition Advocating for Expansion of 529 Savings Plans

If enacted, proposed legislation would allow 529 plans to be used for postsecondary skills training and credentialing, such as IBPSA’s certification programs. For American families seeking to set aside funds for their children’s future education expenses, investment accounts known as 529 plans offer a multi-beneficial option. However, these plans are currently subject to a significant limitation: they do not cover expenses related to postsecondary credentials and skills training, such as government-issued licenses, nongovernmental certifications, registrations, and other specializations. Fortunately, a […]