Today's Veterinary Business

Penn Foster offers practice management certificate

The online program will bring students one step closer to a CVPM credential.

Students interested in becoming a veterinary practice manager are invited to enroll in a new Penn Foster College online program. The Scottsdale, Arizona, private school on Dec. 15 launched the Veterinary Practice Management Undergraduate Certificate. The seven-course program covers veterinary practice management, human resources management, business orientation, marketing, basic accounting, principles of management and business […]

Nomination period opens for BVA presidency

It’s “not simply an honorary role,” the current president says.

Who wants to be president of the British Veterinary Association? The organization, which represents 17,000 veterinary professionals across the United Kingdom, is soliciting nominees for the 2019-20 presidential post. The current leader, John Fishwick, MA, VetMB, DECBHM, advises that the volunteer job is hard work. “As a BVA officer, it is a huge honor to […]

New mobile practice: Fetch My Vet

The Florida start-up sends a veterinarian and a vet tech to a pet owner’s home.

A South Florida veterinarian and a group of investors have launched the house-call service Fetch My Vet. The $150 fee for a wellness or sick visit is higher than what most veterinary practices charge, but co-founder Michael Sanwald, DVM, said clients pay for the convenience and the undivided attention of a veterinary team. “A Fetch […]

E.I. Medical debuts i3 ultrasound video headset

The high-resolution headset works with the Ibex line of portable ultrasound systems.

E.I. Medical Imaging has launched the i3 video headset for use with the company’s portable veterinary ultrasound systems. Designed with binocular and monocular configurations, the high-resolution headset features a patent-pending, custom prismatic optic, according to the Loveland, Colorado, company. “We spent three years of R&D on this optical design,” President Charles Maloy said. “Of all […]

BabelBark sets sights on international markets

The software company moves into several English-speaking countries.

BabelBark, whose mobile app connects dog owners with veterinarians and pet service providers, is pursuing business opportunities overseas. The Newton, Massachusetts, company reported Dec. 12 that its mobile app and software platforms will be offered in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. “After targeting 85 million pet-owning families in the U.S. […]

Zoetis introduces H3N2/H3N8 influenza vaccine

Vanguard CIV is administered in two doses over a three-week period.

Zoetis Inc. has started shipping Vanguard CIV H3N2/H3N8, the company’s newest vaccine against canine influenza virus. The product launch, announced Dec. 12, offers protection from both the H3N2 and H3N8 dog flu strains. “Dogs that attend day care, visit the dog park or stay at boarding facilities are all at risk for contracting either strain […]

MWI Animal Health acquires Northeast Veterinary Supply

NEVSCO does business across the Northeastern U.S.

Regional distributor Northeast Veterinary Supply Co. (NEVSCO) has been sold to one of the industry’s largest wholesalers, MWI Animal Health. Terms of the acquisition, announced Dec. 12, were not reported. “At MWI, we’re focused on providing veterinary practices with the tools and resources they need to compete in a dynamic animal health marketplace,” said Mark […]

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 […]