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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 […]

FDA reports inadvertent eye issues involving Osurnia, Claro

Formulated for canine ears, the medications can irritate the eyes of people and dogs.

Anyone administering the canine ear infection drugs Claro or Osurnia should take care to avoid contact with eyes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising. The agency on Dec. 6 reported a number of adverse events after the medications accidentally got into the eyes of dogs or people. The gel medication Osurnia (florfenicol/terbinafine/betamethasone acetate) […]

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 […]

Veterinary Innovation Summit set for April 2018

Texas A&M will again host presentations on the status and future of veterinary medicine.

The second annual Veterinary Innovation Summit — an in-depth look at the latest technologies in veterinary health care and the industry’s future — has been scheduled for April 6 to 8, 2018, at Texas A&M University. The inaugural program, held at Texas A&M’s Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex, offered keynote addresses and breakout sessions presented […]

Dec. 6 webinar to look at canine genetics

Dr. Jerold S. Bell will lead the presentation in cooperation with VetVine and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Continuing education provider VetVine and the AKC Canine Health Foundation have organized a free, one-hour live webinar on canine genetics. “A Clinical Genetics Approach to Understanding Genetic, Multiplex and Health Testing” will take place at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 6. The presenter will be Jerold S. Bell, DVM, a Connecticut practitioner and adjunct professor […]

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