Ken Niedziela

FDA reports inadvertent eye issues involving Osurnia, Claro

Formulated for canine ears, the medications can irritate the eyes of people and dogs.

Anyone administering the canine ear infection drugs Claro or Osurnia should take care to avoid contact with eyes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising. The agency on Dec. 6 reported a number of adverse events after the medications accidentally got into the eyes of dogs or people. The gel medication Osurnia (florfenicol/terbinafine/betamethasone acetate) […]

Aratana cancels $35 million stock offering

Shareholders react negatively to a plan to raise more cash.

Aratana Therapeutics Inc. has abruptly terminated a plan to raise at least $35 million through a sale of common stock. The Leawood, Kansas, developer of Galliprant and other veterinary therapeutics announced Nov. 27 that it would offer $35 million in shares to the public and allow underwriters to purchase an additional $5.25 million in stock. […]

Manna Pro continues corporate buying streak

The purchase of supplement maker Corta-Flx follows the acquisitions of PetzLife, Nutri-Vet and Petnology.

Manna Pro Products has strengthened its position in the supplements market with the acquisition of Corta-Flx Inc., a manufacturer of nutritional supplements for horses and dogs. The purchase, the terms of which were not disclosed, came weeks after Manna Pro bought PetzLife Products Inc., whose Complete Oral Care line is sold at veterinary clinics and […]

North Dakota practice owner dies in crash

Dr. Gerard Dahl, 75, was “a mentor to children and adults alike.”

North Dakota’s 2015 Veterinarian of the Year was killed Nov. 23 when his pickup was broadsided by a tractor-trailer rig near the town of Park River, according to published reports. Gerard Dahl, DVM, died at an intersection about four miles west of Park River Veterinary Clinic, the mixed animal practice he took over in 1996. […]

Fear Free to roll out hospital certification

Ceva Animal Health veterinarians will play a key role in the campaign.

The Fear Free organization will begin certifying veterinary practices in April 2018 with the assistance of Ceva Animal Health. The Fear Free concept, which aims to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in veterinary patients, has certified individuals since March 2016. More than 20,000 veterinary professionals have enrolled in an online program that leads to Level […]

Vet school applications rise again in 2017

Students applied to nearly five DVM programs each, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The number of people applying to veterinary college has jumped for the third straight year amid a government prediction of rosy job opportunities in the veterinary industry through 2026. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges reported Nov. 21 that 7,507 individuals applied for admission to nearly 40 DVM programs through the Veterinary Medical College […]

Video: What the Veterinary Nurse Initiative would do

Ken Yagi and Mark Cushing sound off on the nationwide effort.

What do you know about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative? And what don’t you know about it? Launched in May 2017, the nationwide initiative would replace “registered veterinary technician,” “certified veterinary technician” and similar titles with the one-size-fits-all label “veterinary nurse.” “It’s the standardizing of credentials, it’s about title protection, and [it’s about something] that the […]

Poll: Millennials go to great lengths for a pet

Trupanion reports that “we consider them part of the family now more than ever.”

Millennials love their “fur babies” so much that 43 percent use the term for their pet and two-thirds occasionally make home-prepared meals for the animal. The Trupanion Inc. survey of 1,250 U.S. and Canadian pet owners also found that 12 percent of Millennials have chosen their four-legged companion over a romantic partner. “The aim of […]

AVMA offers the write stuff for conventioneers

A downloadable letter spells out why a veterinarian’s superior should approve a trip to the 2018 meeting.

“Send me to Denver, please.” The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a fill-in-the-blank letter that veterinarians can present to their boss when they ask to attend the organization’s 2018 convention. The 450-word document, available at, notes that the convention “offers me the chance to earn more than 40 hours of CE credit” and […]

BVA sees scarcity of veterinarians after Brexit

Many U.K. practitioners come from other countries.

The British Veterinary Association is warning of veterinarian shortages when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union and potentially tightens immigration rules. The departure, known as Brexit, is scheduled to go into effect March 29, 2019. “Our members have been reporting problems with recruitment and retention of vets for several years, and this situation will […]