Today's Veterinary Business

Community Veterinary Partners gets new CEO

Kevin Ruffe was an executive with the MedExpress human health care chain.

Community Veterinary Partners, which co-owns and manages 45 animal hospitals in 10 states, has hired a human health care veteran to take over as CEO. Kevin Ruffe, MBA, previously served as chief growth officer at MedExpress, where he oversaw the Morgantown, West Virginia, company’s expansion into 250 urgent-care facilities across the United States. Ruffe has […]

News briefs:
Week of March 26

APPA: $69.51 billion spent on pets last year The American Pet Products Association reported that overall spending in the pet industry reached a record $69.51 billion in 2017. Announced at Global Pet Expo, the figure surpassed the 2016 number by nearly $3 billion, a 4 percent increase. The APPA’s annual report covers pet spending in […]

62% of vets saw chocolate cases last Easter

The BVA warns pet owners that holiday treats can endanger dogs.

Hunting for Easter candy is fun for kids but potentially lethal to pets. The British Veterinary Association reported that a survey of small animal veterinarians found that 62 percent of them responded to a case of chocolate poisoning last Easter season. “Easter is a time of great fun for the whole family, but chocolate treats […]

Fear Free team publishes guide for dog owners

Clients can learn to diagnose fear, anxiety and stress in their pets and take appropriate action.

Marty Becker, DVM, whose Fear Free program has taught tens of thousands of veterinary professionals how to improve a patient’s physical and emotional well-being in their practice, has co-authored a book intended to help dog owners satisfy their pets’ emotional needs at home. “From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog […]

WSAVA wants better access to veterinary drugs

Regulatory and financial roadblocks leave some patients without proper remedies.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association is leading a campaign to improve access to veterinary therapeutics, a treatment option that some pets are denied because of regulatory or financial issues. WSAVA, which represents more than 200,000 veterinarians through 105 member associations, reported March 23 that its newly formed Therapeutics Guidelines Group will focus on: Monitoring […]

BodeVet picks partners for launch of StablePlate RX

The blood product is made to treat acute canine hemorrhaging.

BodeVet has established a distribution channel for what the company calls the world’s first injectable, freeze-dried, platelet-derived product. Partnering with BodeVet on the launch of StablePlate RX Canine are: Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank in Purcellville, Virginia. HemoSolutions in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Northwest Veterinary Blood Bank in Bellingham, Washington. StablePlate RX Canine, BodeVet’s first product, […]

Ethos assists Lincoln Memorial with student training

Lincoln Memorial University is partnering with the Ethos Veterinary Health hospital network to supplement veterinary student education. The long-distance arrangement, announced March 20, will see Ethos clinicians conducting virtual case-based rounds with students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “These rounds allow the LMU students to gain proficiency in clinical reasoning through case discussions,” […]

Bravecto Plus earns preliminary Europe approval

MSD Animal Health is awaiting authorization from the European Commission.

MSD Animal Health has moved a step closer to releasing the topical parasiticide Bravecto Plus for cats into the European market. The Madison, New Jersey, company reported March 21 that the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use “adopted a positive opinion recommending marketing authorization” for Bravecto Plus (fluralaner plus moxidectin). The […]

Animal health called ‘meaningful economic driver’

The entire industry employs more than 1 million people in the United States and is responsible for hundreds of billions of dollars in annual output.

Just how large is the U.S. animal health industry? A study produced by NDP Analytics on behalf of the Animal Health Institute found that $11.4 billion worth of medicines for small and large animals was produced by U.S. manufacturers in 2016. They employed 21,257 people and paid more than $1.2 billion in wages. Other segments […]

New videos promote pets’ influence on people

The HABRI-Zoetis effort highlights the health benefits behind pet ownership.

Veterinary drug maker Zoetis Inc. has stepped up its involvement in “The Pet Effect” campaign by releasing two videos designed to raise awareness about how pet ownership can benefit human health. The first one-minute video, “Comrade,” depicts the “pains veterans go through during post-traumatic stress disorder episodes and how service dogs can help them defeat […]