Today's Veterinary Business

Mars Petcare launches
3-year canine health study

Plans call for using the Whistle Fit monitor with 200,000 dogs.

Mars Petcare plans to enroll more than 200,000 client-owned dogs in a three-year longitudinal study that aims to identify links between pet activity, behavior and health. Dog owners who utilize Banfield Pet Hospital’s Optimum Wellness Plan will be asked to register their pets in the no-cost Pet Insight Project. Mars Petcare owns the 1,000-hospital Banfield […]

Sign-ups begin for free service animal eye exams

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Stokes Pharmacy sponsor the annual event.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will offer free eye exams to service and working animals under a program that has benefited nearly 60,000 animals since 2008. Registration for the annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event runs through April 30 at The screenings, provided by more than 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in […]

AVMA, AAVMC form Veterinary Futures Commission

10 group members will engage in critical strategic discussions.

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges have created a panel that will take a “big picture” look at the profession. The new Veterinary Futures Commission, announced April 3, is made up of 10 people with links to veterinary medicine. AVMA President Michael J. Topper, DVM, called the group […]

Florida emergency hospital thinks big

Specialized Veterinary Services expands to more than 18,000 square feet.

Specialized Veterinary Services, a 24-hour emergency animal hospital located in Fort Myers, Florida, has more than tripled in size. A recently completed expansion project took the hospital from 5,000 square feet to two stories and 18,500 square feet, according to the contractor, Stevens Construction. The upgrades included the addition of 10 exam rooms, three surgical […]

News briefs:
Week of April 2

Labrador retrievers again are the most popular breed The Labrador retriever is the most popular breed for the 27th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club. Labradors were followed by German shepherds and golden retrievers. Labradors are the No. 1 dog in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, […]

BI invests in Chinese vaccine factory

Two other companies partner with Boehringer Ingelheim to fight foot-and-mouth disease.

Veterinary drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim is partnering with two Chinese companies to develop new vaccines formulated to fight foot-and-mouth disease in swine. The joint venture, announced March 26, launches a company called Shaanxi Meili Omni-Honesty Animal Health Co. Ltd. The $150 million project will lead to a vaccine factory in Xian, China. “China plays a […]

Pennies for Pets kicks off April 1

The VCA fundraiser supports animal welfare groups nationwide.

VCA Charities, the fundraising arm of more than 800 VCA Animal Hospitals nationwide, has set a $600,000 goal for its annual Pennies for Pets program. The fundraiser, running from April 1 to June 30, encourages VCA hospital clients to donate in support of animal welfare organizations. The 2017 campaign raised $450,000 for more than 85 […]

Tuskegee vet school responds to animal-use critics

Practicing procedures on shelter animals is legal and follows industry standards, the university says.

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine is defending its use of shelter animals to teach surgical and euthanasia procedures to students. Tuskegee reported March 26 that the “animal-rights community” had questioned the university’s “habit of purchasing or self-selecting adoptable dogs from local animal pounds for terminal experimentation.” The university responded in a prepared statement […]

Hill’s plans marathon symposium on nutrition

Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Jolle Kirpensteijn, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, will open and close what the pet food manufacturer is promoting as a 24-hour educational program accessible to veterinary professionals anywhere in the world. The Hill’s Global Symposium, focusing on nutrition and older pets, will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 27 to 28. The company […]

WVC conference attendance approaches 14,000

All 50 states were represented at the annual event.

The numbers are in for WVC 2018. The veterinary industry conference, held March 4 to 8 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, brought together nearly 14,000 people, offered more than 1,000 hours of scientific sessions and featured about 520 exhibiting companies. The visitors came from all 50 states and 27 countries. “WVC hosted […]