Ken Niedziela

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 […]

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, […]

ACVIM Foundation entrusts assets to Morris

Morris Animal Foundation gets more than $423,000 to spend on animal health research.

Morris Animal Foundation has received a $423,950 cash infusion due to the dissolution of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation. The ACVIM Foundation’s Board of Regents voted in December 2016 to terminate the fundraising arm because of “a lack of financial viability and an unsustainable business model,” according to a letter sent to […]

Investors say ‘yes’ to veterinary house-call provider

Fuzzy Pet Health looks to expand beyond San Francisco in 2018.

A start-up company that provides subscription-based, in-home veterinary care has secured $4.5 million in financing. Fuzzy Pet Health, which sends veterinarians to client homes across the San Francisco Bay area, reported receiving seed money from Eniac Ventures, Crosscut Ventures, Precursor Ventures, SV Angel, Accelerator and FJ Labs. The company intends to expand to other U.S. […]

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. […]