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Ex-practice owner joins Lincoln Memorial faculty

Dr. Kimberly Carney spent four years in Bolivia on a Christian Veterinary Mission posting.

Kimberly Carney, DVM, took the long route to go from Harrogate, Tennessee, to Harrogate, Tennessee. Dr. Carney, the former owner of Harrogate Hospital for Animals, moved in 2014 to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to take a faculty position at Gabriel Rene Moreno University. This month, the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine reported that she […]

Merial aims to improve heartworm drug compliance

The “Take the Paw Pledge” campaign is designed to jump-start conversations about heartworm prevention.

Dog owners are being asked to “Take the Paw Pledge” and help reverse what drug maker Merial Ltd. says is a decline in compliance involving heartworm preventives. The Duluth, Georgia, company reported April 11 that its new campaign will assist veterinary practices in educating clients about the benefits of heartworm protection, particularly Merial’s Heartgard Plus […]

BI constructing French avian vaccine plant

The factory is scheduled to produce its first batch in 2020.

Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim is spending $80 million to construct an avian vaccine plant in Lyon, France. The factory, set to open in spring 2020 on the company’s Lyon Porte-des-Alpes site, will serve the world market with the exception of the United States. “As poultry consumption continues to rise around the world, there is an increasing […]

Drug distributors accuse PetIQ of antitrust violations

Med Vets and Bay Medical Solutions say PetIQ’s purchase of VIP Petcare will lead to unfair competition.

Two veterinary drug wholesalers claim that PetIQ stands to monopolize the distribution of pet parasiticides, particularly Frontline Plus, to retailers following PetIQ’s takeover of the VIP Petcare chain. Sister companies Med Vets Inc. and Bay Medical Solutions Inc. stated in their antitrust lawsuit that PetIQ’s $220 million purchase of VIP Petcare earlier this year provided […]

Nurse initiative gains early victory in Ohio

A House committee endorses identifying veterinary technicians as nurses.

Ohio is vying to become the first state to make “veterinary nurse” the official title of veterinary technicians. The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on April 11 voted 14-1 in favor of a bill that has the wide support of the U.S. veterinary profession. The legislation now goes to the full House and potentially […]

AVMA hires digital expert as communications chief

John Eckroth moves over from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has dipped into human health care to find its new communications director. John Eckroth last worked as director of digital experience and strategy at the Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. In nearby Schaumburg, Illinois, he will lead the AVMA’s internal and external communications and public relations efforts. “John brings […]

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 www.ACVOeyeexam.org. 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 […]

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