Ken Niedziela

Drug distributors accuse PetIQ of antitrust violations

Med Vets and Bay Medical Solutions say PetIQ’s purchase of VIP Petcare will lead to unfair competition.

Two veterinary drug wholesalers claim that PetIQ stands to monopolize the distribution of pet parasiticides, particularly Frontline Plus, to retailers following PetIQ’s takeover of the VIP Petcare chain. Sister companies Med Vets Inc. and Bay Medical Solutions Inc. stated in their antitrust lawsuit that PetIQ’s $220 million purchase of VIP Petcare earlier this year provided […]

Nurse initiative gains early victory in Ohio

A House committee endorses identifying veterinary technicians as nurses.

Ohio is vying to become the first state to make “veterinary nurse” the official title of veterinary technicians. The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on April 11 voted 14-1 in favor of a bill that has the wide support of the U.S. veterinary profession. The legislation now goes to the full House and potentially […]

Purdue says ‘yes’ to Veterinary Nurse Initiative

A coalition of supporters wants 'registered veterinary nurse' as the common title for veterinary technicians.

Support is building across the veterinary industry to make “registered veterinary nurse” the standard title and credential in the U.S. veterinary technician field. The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine on Feb. 23 became the latest entity to endorse the coalition-driven Veterinary Nurse Initiative. “The credential of registered veterinary nurse is understood by the public […]

Pets vs. people: Some perspective on treatment costs

Veterinary bills can easily top $1,000, but in human medicine the sticker shock is often worse.

Clients who question the price of a veterinary procedure might not appreciate the cost to treat a similar condition in human medicine. In time for the Winter Olympics, pet health insurance provider Petplan dug into its 2017 claims history to document the sizable bills associated with a few canine health issues. Today’s Veterinary Business researched […]

Survey: The human-animal bond remains strong

Seminar attendees hear where the profession has been and where it's headed.

To naysayers who question the power of the human-animal bond, market analyst David Sprinkle says look at the facts. A new survey conducted by Sprinkle’s employer, Packaged Facts, found that pet owners overwhelmingly report that their cats, and more so their dogs, positively affect their physical and mental health. His numbers show that 87 percent […]

Mental health study reveals good, bad news

The profession is not in crisis, but younger veterinarians need help.

A newly released study shows that the overall mental health of U.S. veterinarians is about the same as that of the general population, challenging long-held concerns that the industry is awash in depression and suicide. Still, the researchers cautioned that particular attention should be paid to younger veterinarians, whom the study found are more likely […]

Your opinion matters

Letter from the editor

  If you’re like me, when you finish an online article about some controversial topic, you zip to the comments section to see what other readers think about the issue at hand. And if you’re like me, sometimes you weigh in, too. I enjoy reading opposing viewpoints because they open my eyes to facts and […]

Practice owner killed in San Diego plane crash

Another veterinarian lost her husband in the accident and was injured herself.

A Southern California veterinary hospital owner died in a small-plane crash Dec. 9 in San Diego along with the husband of another veterinarian. The victims were identified as 46-year-old Michael Zareski, DVM, the founder and clinical director at Western Veterinary Group in Torrance, California, and Robert Stelling Jr., 50. Stelling’s wife, Dawn Stelling, DVM, survived […]

Survey sheds light on parenthood and equine work

Half received at least two months of maternity leave, but not all the news was good.

An overwhelming majority of equine veterinarians were generally satisfied with how their practices treated them during their pregnancy, according to a survey. The results, reported Dec. 1 in the magazine EquiManagement, also found that 1-in-3 respondents took maternity leave of four weeks or less and that 18 percent cut back to part-time work or quit […]

New drug-resistant heartworm strains identified

Louisiana veterinarian Cynthia Benbow urges “double protection” for dogs — a heartworm preventive and mosquito repellent.

A drug-resistant strain of heartworms infected a Louisiana dog whose owner was meticulous about administering a monthly heartworm preventive, according to a report published in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Parasites and Vectors. The finding demonstrates the need to not only administer heartworm preventives but also control the mosquito population, said Cynthia Benbow, […]

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