Petco teams with Thrive to offer veterinary care

12 hospitals, most of them in Texas, are planned for Petco stores.

Petco has opened its first in-store veterinary hospital in an arrangement similar to the partnership between PetSmart and Banfield. The Thrive Affordable Vet Care clinic in the Houston suburb of Aldine is the first of 12 clinics that Petco plans to open by year’s end. Eight of the hospitals will be in Texas, one each […]

New from VIP Petcare: nail trims

The small in-store veterinary clinics welcome walk-in clients.

VIP Petcare, which hosts pop-up veterinary clinics inside pet stores in 31 states, has added $20 nail trims to its menu of services. The Windsor, California, company provides basic animal care using contract veterinarians. “Nail trims are a natural addition to the services we offer through our community clinics,” said Robin Dunbar, vice president of […]

Wildfires spur veterinary volunteers into action

Some animal hospitals in California disaster areas remained open.

The California Veterinary Medicine Reserve Corps was preparing Oct. 10 to head to areas hit by a series of wildfires that have charred about 100,000 acres and killed at least a dozen people. The organization’s volunteers, primarily veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital staff and students, are dispatched to disaster areas. The unit operates under the California […]

UAE cracks down on unlicensed veterinarians

Hefty fines and the threat of prison time are among ramped-up regulations.

Performing veterinary procedures without a license in the United Arab Emirates could be a costly endeavor for the practitioner and employer. The Middle East nation unveiled a law Oct. 8 that sets a fine of 10,000 to 200,000 Emirati dirhams ($2,722 to $54,450) for both an unlicensed veterinarian and the practice owner. Illegal practitioners could […]

Arizona appoints interim vet school dean

Dr. David Besselsen will guide the university as it tries to launch a DVM program.

The director of University Animal Care has been named interim dean of the University of Arizona’s proposed College of Veterinary Medicine. David Besselsen, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM, DACVP, will play a crucial role in UA’s effort to earn a letter of reasonable assurance of accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The COE […]

How to respond to a threatening client

Veterinarians, particularly those who are younger or female, may find themselves in an intimidating situation.

Being bitten or scratched by a dog or cat is a common occurrence in a veterinary practice. Dealing with pet owners who lash out is part of the job, too, unfortunately. A British Veterinary Association survey found that 85 percent of veterinarians reported that they or a team member had felt intimidated by a client’s […]

Morris Animal Foundation unveils new logo

A bird joins the party as the organization nears its 80th anniversary.

Morris Animal Foundation has given itself an early birthday present: a new, modern logo. Set to mark its 70th anniversary in 2018, the Denver-based nonprofit organization reported Oct. 5 that the design utilizes “a bolder font and vivid color palette,” tweaks the animal silhouettes and adds a bird, which is shown perched on the elephant’s […]

5-part CE webinar series kicks off Oct. 19

Registration is free for Orivet clients.

Vet Webinar, an Australian provider of continuing education, has scheduled a five-chapter, RACE-approved series on a variety of topics. The one-hour webinars are open to veterinary professionals worldwide. Clients of the Australian genetic-testing company Orivet Genetic Pet Care may register for free at Vet Webinar and Orivet, which has an office in Ramsey, New […]

Do your fees need adjusting?

WMPB rolls out a service that looks closely at what a veterinary hospital charges.

The consulting partnership WMPB is offering a new service, “Fee Consult,” that is designed to optimize a veterinary practice’s fee schedule. “Effective fee schedules are one of the key factors that distinguish the industry’s top financial performers from their peers,” said Denise Tumblin, CPA, president of WTA Veterinary Consultants and founder of WMPB. “Recognizing that […]

Trupanion takes the ‘eek!’ out of e-collars

The pet insurer’s Cone of Joy contest seeks more stylish ideas for a medical necessity.

If dogs and cats could talk, they might ask for a more fashionable Elizabethan collar the next time they return from the veterinary office. Plastic e-collars serve an important purpose by preventing animals from licking wounds or injuries and by speeding recovery time, but they get a bad rap as “cones of shame” because of […]