BI invests in Chinese vaccine factory

Two other companies partner with Boehringer Ingelheim to fight foot-and-mouth disease.

Veterinary drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim is partnering with two Chinese companies to develop new vaccines formulated to fight foot-and-mouth disease in swine. The joint venture, announced March 26, launches a company called Shaanxi Meili Omni-Honesty Animal Health Co. Ltd. The $150 million project will lead to a vaccine factory in Xian, China. “China plays a […]

Pennies for Pets kicks off April 1

The VCA fundraiser supports animal welfare groups nationwide.

VCA Charities, the fundraising arm of more than 800 VCA Animal Hospitals nationwide, has set a $600,000 goal for its annual Pennies for Pets program. The fundraiser, running from April 1 to June 30, encourages VCA hospital clients to donate in support of animal welfare organizations. The 2017 campaign raised $450,000 for more than 85 […]

Tuskegee vet school responds to animal-use critics

Practicing procedures on shelter animals is legal and follows industry standards, the university says.

The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine is defending its use of shelter animals to teach surgical and euthanasia procedures to students. Tuskegee reported March 26 that the “animal-rights community” had questioned the university’s “habit of purchasing or self-selecting adoptable dogs from local animal pounds for terminal experimentation.” The university responded in a prepared statement […]

Hill’s plans marathon symposium on nutrition

Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Jolle Kirpensteijn, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, will open and close what the pet food manufacturer is promoting as a 24-hour educational program accessible to veterinary professionals anywhere in the world. The Hill’s Global Symposium, focusing on nutrition and older pets, will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 27 to 28. The company […]

WVC conference attendance approaches 14,000

All 50 states were represented at the annual event.

The numbers are in for WVC 2018. The veterinary industry conference, held March 4 to 8 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, brought together nearly 14,000 people, offered more than 1,000 hours of scientific sessions and featured about 520 exhibiting companies. The visitors came from all 50 states and 27 countries. “WVC hosted […]

Community Veterinary Partners gets new CEO

Kevin Ruffe was an executive with the MedExpress human health care chain.

Community Veterinary Partners, which co-owns and manages 45 animal hospitals in 10 states, has hired a human health care veteran to take over as CEO. Kevin Ruffe, MBA, previously served as chief growth officer at MedExpress, where he oversaw the Morgantown, West Virginia, company’s expansion into 250 urgent-care facilities across the United States. Ruffe has […]

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Week of March 26

APPA: $69.51 billion spent on pets last year The American Pet Products Association reported that overall spending in the pet industry reached a record $69.51 billion in 2017. Announced at Global Pet Expo, the figure surpassed the 2016 number by nearly $3 billion, a 4 percent increase. The APPA’s annual report covers pet spending in […]

62% of vets saw chocolate cases last Easter

The BVA warns pet owners that holiday treats can endanger dogs.

Hunting for Easter candy is fun for kids but potentially lethal to pets. The British Veterinary Association reported that a survey of small animal veterinarians found that 62 percent of them responded to a case of chocolate poisoning last Easter season. “Easter is a time of great fun for the whole family, but chocolate treats […]

Fear Free team publishes guide for dog owners

Clients can learn to diagnose fear, anxiety and stress in their pets and take appropriate action.

Marty Becker, DVM, whose Fear Free program has taught tens of thousands of veterinary professionals how to improve a patient’s physical and emotional well-being in their practice, has co-authored a book intended to help dog owners satisfy their pets’ emotional needs at home. “From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog […]

WSAVA wants better access to veterinary drugs

Regulatory and financial roadblocks leave some patients without proper remedies.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association is leading a campaign to improve access to veterinary therapeutics, a treatment option that some pets are denied because of regulatory or financial issues. WSAVA, which represents more than 200,000 veterinarians through 105 member associations, reported March 23 that its newly formed Therapeutics Guidelines Group will focus on: Monitoring […]