Today's Veterinary Business

Merck buys drug companies in Uruguay, Turkey

Prondil S.A. and Vilsan Pharmaceuticals focus on the livestock sector.

Merck Animal Health is expanding its international business with the acquisition of South American and Turkish vaccine manufacturers. Madison, New Jersey-based Merck reported Dec. 6 that it purchased Prondil S.A. of Montevideo, Uruguay. Privately held Prondil develops and manufactures livestock vaccines and antigens for sale in more than 20 countries. In mid-November, Merck agreed to […]

U.K. veterinary distributor Centaur plans expansion

The company’s second warehouse will be located in the Midlands.

Centaur Services aims to better equip veterinarians in northern England, North Wales and Scotland when the distributor opens a warehouse in the Midlands. The launch of a second warehouse, scheduled for spring 2018, could serve physicians at some point. Centaur, whose parent company, AmerisourceBergen, is one of the world’s largest drug wholesalers, reported Dec. 8 […]

Toxic mushroom kills young California dog

UC Davis warns of the risk of poisonous mushrooms.

Unable to save a puppy that ate a poisonous mushroom, the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is warning pet owners about the danger. The case began Dec. 4, when the owner of Griffin, an 8-week-old Alaskan Klee Kai, brought him to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The puppy had swallowed […]

VCA offers free boarding in California fire zones

Limited space is available at participating hospitals.

Pet owners evacuated from fire-stricken areas of Southern California can take advantage of free boarding services at participating VCA veterinary hospitals. VCA Animal Hospitals made the offer Dec. 6 as wildfires burned more than 100,000 acres and an undetermined number of homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “Our thoughts are with the many families […]

Long-time Ohio veterinary clinic shuts down

Dr. Rex Nash couldn’t find anyone to take over or buy the hospital.

In business for more than 60 years, Parma Animal Hospital in suburban Cleveland closed Dec. 1 after the owner was unable to find a buyer for the practice. Eighty-five-year-old veterinarian Rex A. Nash, DVM, told Cleveland.com that “medical reasons” finally forced his hand. “My partner Dr. Norman Tulodziecki retired last fall,” he said. “So, for […]

LearningVet courses now open to all

The iVET360 educational program is aimed at practice managers.

iVET360 has expanded access to LearningVet.com, a collection of more than 65 online courses designed for practice managers. Previously available to iVET360 clients only, the training resource may be utilized by any veterinary hospital for a monthly subscription fee. The content focuses on everything from telephone skills and reputation management to supervisor skills and social […]

Dogs sleep less than is generally believed

The Vetrax sensor found average daily snoozing time of 10.4 hours.

The maker of the Vetrax wearable sensor has quantified how much time dogs spend doing dog things. The behavior survey, relying on 28,000 days of sensor-generated data, found that dogs sleep an average of 10.4 hours a day — “less than the 12 to 14 hours commonly quoted,” according to Vetrax manufacturer AGL of Norcross, […]

Defra hires new chief veterinary officer

Dr. Christine Middlemiss will replace long-standing CVO Nigel Gibbens.

Scotland-born Christine Middlemiss, BVMS, MBA, has been appointed the United Kingdom’s chief veterinary officer. Dr. Middlemiss most recently was chief veterinary officer in New South Wales, Australia, where “she led major improvements to biosecurity across many farming sectors,” according to the U.K.’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). She will take over from […]

How to become a Santa-friendly practice

A reindeer Q&A is among the resources offered by the AVMA.

Getting in the holiday spirit, the American Veterinary Medical Association is helping practitioners educate young clients about reindeer health care and promote themselves as members of Santa’s emergency veterinary staff. The AVMA reported that President Mike Topper, DVM, Ph.D. — “the North Pole’s official veterinarian” — recently performed “antler-to-tail evaluations of all nine of Santa’s […]

Zoetis issues call for parasite research proposals

Feb. 28 is the deadline to submit grant applications.

Drug maker Zoetis Inc. is offering up to $150,000 to support innovative research into the control of parasites in dogs and livestock. The grant program, announced Dec. 1, will award from $25,000 to $150,000 to each successful applicant. The submission deadline is Feb. 28, 2018. “We at Zoetis are interested in advancing novel approaches to […]

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