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WSAVA names new One Health chairman

Colorado State’s Dr. Michael Lappin takes the reins from Dr. Michael Day.

Colorado State University infectious diseases Professor Michael Lappin has taken over as chairman of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee, the organization announced Nov. 20. Dr. Lappin, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, directs the Center for Companion Animal Studies in the CSU veterinary college’s department of clinical sciences. “Mike Lappin has been an active […]

South Carolina hospital partners with PetCure Oncology

SCVS becomes the eighth provider of PetCure’s stereotactic radiation therapy.

PetCure Oncology, which provides stereotactic radiation therapy at partner veterinary hospitals across the United States, has opened an eighth location. The new host is South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in Columbia. Stereotactic radiosurgery, often used in human medicine, is designed to precisely deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor or localized cancer […]

Poll: Millennials go to great lengths for a pet

Trupanion reports that “we consider them part of the family now more than ever.”

Millennials love their “fur babies” so much that 43 percent use the term for their pet and two-thirds occasionally make home-prepared meals for the animal. The Trupanion Inc. survey of 1,250 U.S. and Canadian pet owners also found that 12 percent of Millennials have chosen their four-legged companion over a romantic partner. “The aim of […]

Virginia-Maryland to research focused ultrasound

If proven, veterinary applications could target sarcomas, wound healing and non-invasive spaying.

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation will expand into animal health in 2018 when the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine studies the use of high-intensity ultrasound to treat naturally occurring sarcomas and mast cell tumors in dogs. “We hope to use focused ultrasound to non-invasively destroy tumors and to disrupt tumor cell membranes and stimulate a dog’s […]

Morris funds 5 feline health studies

Four U.S. universities and the University of Sydney will split more than $400,000.

Morris Animal Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to fund research into three deadly feline infections and drugs formulated for two other feline conditions. The recipients and the studies are: University of Sydney: Investigating the re-emergence of feline panleukopenia, or feline distemper, an often-fatal gastrointestinal disease in shelter cats. “Researchers will determine if […]

AVMA offers the write stuff for conventioneers

A downloadable letter spells out why a veterinarian’s superior should approve a trip to the 2018 meeting.

“Send me to Denver, please.” The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a fill-in-the-blank letter that veterinarians can present to their boss when they ask to attend the organization’s 2018 convention. The 450-word document, available at http://bit.ly/2i3CrGh, notes that the convention “offers me the chance to earn more than 40 hours of CE credit” and […]

Henry Schein releases ImproMed 6.0

New software features include a focus on wellness plans.

Wellness plans are a key feature of the upgraded ImproMed and ImproMed Equine veterinary practice management software platforms. The version 6.0 enhancement, announced Nov. 10, is designed to support preventive medicine and improve a clinic’s bottom line, Henry Schein Veterinary Solutions reported. “Unlike other wellness plan programs, the selling prices of wellness plans in ImproMed […]

Hong Kong opens first veterinary school

The City University program was developed in collaboration with Cornell University.

A six-year veterinary medicine program developed in collaboration with Cornell University has opened at Hong Kong’s City University. The inaugural class of about a dozen students is working toward a bachelor of veterinary medicine (BVM) degree in a program that holds provisional accreditation from the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. The undergraduate veterinary program, Hong Kong’s […]

BVA sees scarcity of veterinarians after Brexit

Many U.K. practitioners come from other countries.

The British Veterinary Association is warning of veterinarian shortages when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union and potentially tightens immigration rules. The departure, known as Brexit, is scheduled to go into effect March 29, 2019. “Our members have been reporting problems with recruitment and retention of vets for several years, and this situation will […]

Banfield to help DVMs repay their student loans

A new program gives company veterinarians three ways to lower their school loan balance.

Banfield Pet Hospital has launched a debt-relief program that should bring sighs of relief from many of the company’s 3,500 veterinarians. The Banfield Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program, announced Nov. 8, will see the Vancouver, Washington, company help its veterinarians reduce the burden of paying back college loans. Veterinarians entering the workforce now graduate […]

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