Today's Veterinary Business

It’s always Alumni Day at Connecticut clinic

Three Ross University graduates will staff the new Spot On Veterinary Hospital and Hotel.

Spot On Veterinary Hospital and Hotel, which is set to open Dec. 11 in Stamford, Connecticut, will reunite three graduates of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Practice owner Philip Putter, DVM, hired Anna Larson, DVM, and Rachel Fuentes, DVM, as associate veterinarians. Dr. Putter graduated from Ross in 2009, Dr. Larsen in 2010 […]

Morris Animal Foundation adds 2 trustees

Marketing executive Chuck Stephens and aircraft broker Jay Mesinger volunteer to assist the nonprofit organization.

A co-founder of Banfield Pet Hospital and an aviation business owner have joined the 16-member board of trustees at Morris Animal Foundation, a longtime leader in the funding of animal health studies. The newcomers are: Chuck Stephens, founder and CEO of Stephens & Associates Advertising of Overland Park, Kansas. Jay Mesinger, president and CEO of […]

PetVet Care Centers to stock Heska analyzers

Heska sees the agreement as a “significant competitive market-share shift.”

PetVet Care Centers has signed a seven-year agreement to use Heska laboratory diagnostic equipment at its more than 100 veterinary hospitals nationwide. The equipment to be provided by Loveland, Colorado-based Heska includes the Element DC chemistry, Element HT5 hematology, Element POC blood gas and electrolyte, and Element i immunodiagnostics analyzers along with the new Element […]

California’s SAGE Centers hires COO

Gina Del Vecchio moves from the retail world to veterinary medicine.

A veteran business leader has been appointed chief operating officer of SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency, a four-hospital network in Northern California. Gina Del Vecchio, MBA, previously worked as senior director of global operations at the specialty retailer Gymboree, supply chain vice president at equestrian apparel manufacturer Ariat International and chief operating officer […]

VHMA webinars to look at hiring, pet insurance

Julie Poncier and John Volk will speak Dec. 6 and 14, respectively.

A certified veterinary practice manager and a pet health insurance expert will present separate webinars in December to members and non-members of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, SHRM-CP, the owner of Practice Moxie, will discuss “New Employee Orientation and Onboarding.” Her talk will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. […]

AAEP Foundation launches equine research fund

The estate of Dr. Michelle LeBlanc contributed a major portion of the initial endowment.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation will contribute to equine research through a new endowment fund seeded with $150,000 in initial contributions. More than half of the fund came from the estate of the late University of Florida equine reproduction specialist Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, DACT, who died in 2013. The fund, announced Nov. 18 […]

Werner, 7 others lauded at AAEP convention

Dr. Harry Werner is named a Distinguished Life Member. Drs. Amy Grice and Stuart Brown Werner receive the President’s Award.

Former president Harry Werner, VMD, has been honored for his three decades of service to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Werner, founding owner of Werner Equine in North Granby, Connecticut, received the 2017 Distinguished Life Member award Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the AAEP’s 63rd annual convention. Besides serving as president […]

UF’s Macpherson takes over as AAEP president

Three other veterinarians join the American Association of Equine Practitioners board of directors.

University of Florida Professor Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, DACT, has been installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, replacing R. Reynolds Cowles Jr., DVM. The changeover occurred Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the AAEP’s 63rd annual convention. Dr. Macpherson is a professor of large animal clinical sciences and former chief […]

Become an H.R. master

Registration opens for a six-month, VHMA-sponsored program.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association has launched registration for a Mastermind Group focused on advanced human resources skills. The 14-person group will convene online for 90 minutes on the second Thursday of the month from January to June 2018. Topics to be covered include compliance, recruiting, retention, performance management, compensation and human resource technology. Up […]

Pet insurer educates about peanut butter risk

Crum & Forster provides a couple of informational tools for veterinary practices.

The provider of ASPCA pet health insurance is reminding pet owners — and veterinary teams — about the danger of feeding certain peanut butter to dogs. The artificial sweetener xylitol makes peanut butter more palatable to people, but it is potentially lethal to dogs. “If consumed by a dog, xylitol can cause a rapid drop […]