Ken Niedziela

Veterinary Nurse Initiative wins industry support

Banfield, Royal Canin and BluePearl agree that technicians should carry the title of RVN.

A campaign to make “registered veterinary nurse” the standard title and credential in the U.S. veterinary technician field has three corporate sponsors. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) reported Oct. 16 that Banfield Pet Hospital, Royal Canin USA and BluePearl Veterinary Partners have endorsed the Veterinary Nurse Initiative. A coalition is working […]

Pathway acquires Eye Care for Animals

More than 120 veterinary hospitals are now part of the Pathway family.

Eye Care for Animals, a nationwide network of more than 50 ophthalmology practices, has merged with the veterinary management company Pathway. The transaction, announced Oct. 16, turns Eye Care for Animals (ECFA) into a division of Austin, Texas-based Pathway. The financial terms were not disclosed. With its latest acquisition, Pathway employs 2,000 people and has […]

Coming in October: canine appetite stimulant Entyce

Aratana’s newest product is a daily therapeutic that mimics the hunger hormone ghrelin.

Aratana Therapeutics’ new appetite stimulant for dogs, Entyce, will begin shipping to U.S. veterinarians in late October. The Leawood, Kansas, company reported Oct. 13 that Entyce (capromorelin oral solution) will be available in 10-, 15- and 30-milliliter bottles. Administered once a day, the flavored oral therapeutic is formulated to mimic the hunger hormone ghrelin, bind […]

iVET360 unveils Pulse data dashboard

Integrated with existing practice management software, the program generates up-to-the-minute financial data.

iVET360 has rolled out a digital dashboard designed to provide real-time financial and operational data to veterinary practice owners and managers. Known as Pulse, the dashboard is accessible from computers and mobile devices. “By having real-time data, you can adjust your strategies for hospital growth as soon as you want to,” said Oliver Roller, managing […]

Western veterinary school’s loss is Calgary’s gain

Alberta leaders want to keep the province’s money and students closer to home.

The University of Calgary veterinary school will increase enrollment by two-thirds as it withdraws from a regional agreement with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in neighboring Saskatchewan. Alberta’s provincial government announced Oct. 12 that it will stop paying $8 million a year to support the education of 80 Alberta students enrolled in the DVM […]

More students seeking DVM careers

College applicant numbers climb by 12 percent over two years.

The competition to become a veterinarian has gotten more intense. As of early October, just under 7,500 people had applied to at least one of the 39 institutions that use the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges reported that the pool of 7,498 applicants, who are vying to […]

N.J. enlists veterinarians in opioid fight

Practitioners are urged to participate in the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program.

New Jersey authorities are asking veterinarians to help fight the human opioid crisis by entering pet prescription information into a state database. Recording a pet owner’s name and address when potentially addictive drugs such as hydrocodone and tramadol are dispensed would allow physicians and pharmacists to identify people who may be diverting pet medications to personal […]

Trupanion publicizes antidote for lost drug sales

The insurer says app-using clients are likely to fill prescriptions through their veterinarian.

Walmart, Target, 1-800-PetMeds, PetSmart — each has captured a small share of the pet drug market at the expense of veterinary practices. Pet health insurer Trupanion is promoting its web-based app Trupanion Express as a way to encourage clients to get their pet prescriptions dispensed at the hospital, keeping the revenue within the practice. “For […]

Petco teams with Thrive to offer veterinary care

12 hospitals, most of them in Texas, are planned for Petco stores.

Petco has opened its first in-store veterinary hospital in an arrangement similar to the partnership between PetSmart and Banfield. The Thrive Affordable Vet Care clinic in the Houston suburb of Aldine is the first of 12 clinics that Petco plans to open by year’s end. Eight of the hospitals will be in Texas, one each […]

Wildfires spur veterinary volunteers into action

Some animal hospitals in California disaster areas remained open.

The California Veterinary Medicine Reserve Corps was preparing Oct. 10 to head to areas hit by a series of wildfires that have charred about 100,000 acres and killed at least a dozen people. The organization’s volunteers, primarily veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital staff and students, are dispatched to disaster areas. The unit operates under the California […]

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